History of DoveLewis

Dove Lewis
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital was founded in 1973 by Mr. A.B. Lewis, in cooperation with the Portland Veterinary Medical Association, and in memory of Mr. Lewis’ late wife, Dove.

Dove Lewis and A.B. were breeders of Standard Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, and Shih Tzus. Dove and A.B. ran the family kennel and dog grooming business (very upscale for its time), and because of her talent and special way with animals, people from across the country sent their dogs to Dove. Her son, Jerry, remembered going to the airport to meet the dogs as they arrived on the planes, taking them home to Dove who would groom them, and then back on the planes they went. Dove loved all animals, especially strays. In addition to showing prized Standard Poodles, Dove adopted animals of all kinds: at one point, there were 14 dogs in the family!!

Dove Lewis’ legacy of loving all animals and promoting the human-animal bond lives on in the people who love and support our hospital and community programs. She is a true symbol of the human-animal bond, and the DoveLewis mission.

Originally, the clinic hours were limited to evenings, weekends, and holidays to serve people and their pets when daytime clinics were traditionally closed. In June of 1992, DoveLewis opened its doors around the clock to treat animals requiring emergency and critical care, 24 hours a day.

We are the only non-profit animal hospital in Portland devoted exclusively to emergency and critical care for animals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.