Inner Southeast has several benefit plant sales each year -- but this new one benefits rescued pets

PAIGE WALLACE - Brentwood-Darlington resident Liz Thompson poses with her foster puppy, Jolene, alongside hundreds of plants shes raising for an April 23rd fundraising sale benefiting local animal rescue Fur Love Haven. The nonprofit organization rescues needy pets like Jolene and offers them for adoption. And, Jolene was still available, when we last checked A new annual fundraising plant sale has appeared in Inner Southeast Portland – to take place on Saturday, April 23, with all proceeds benefitting "Fur Love Haven", a local dog and cat rescue. The sale will feature hundreds of indoor and outdoor plants, as well as handmade items for animals and humans alike. The sale will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, 7414 S.E. 52nd Avenue.

Brentwood-Darlington resident Liz Thompson is organizing the sale, inspired by a friend of hers who held a similar event in Washington State. When she heard about it, her first thought was, "Oh, that's a really good idea because it's 'dogs and plants', which are two of my favorite things!"  

As a biologist and foster for the organization, Thompson sees this sale as a means to two ends. "It's nice to have more native plants out in the community," she remarked; "And every penny we raise goes straight to the animals."

Thompson spent the last year nurturing hundreds of plant starts in her home and yard. "The outdoor ones are almost all native," she said, pointing out grasses, shrubs, ground covers, herbs, and hummingbird attractors. The houseplants offered range from popular succulents and monsteras to more traditional varieties like lilies, pothos, hoyas, and begonias. "And then there are some other ones that are a little more rare, sort of like collectibles!"

She sourced plants throughout the Inner Southeast Portland community. She reached out to her Brentwood-Darlington "Buy Nothing" group on Facebook, where neighbors responded with a flood of donations. A backyard habitat certifier offered up native plant starts for the sale. And Thompson herself has collected a wide variety of planter pots, ranging from colorful contemporary ceramics to "antique store" treasures. Some of them feature fun designs: Cats, sugar skulls, and Volkswagen Beetles.

Shoppers can also purchase local handmade goods: Fleece dog blankets, artisan jewelry, scented soap, and lotions to soothe garden-weary hands.  

As Thompson showed off the plants, a four-month-old shepherd-mix puppy named Jolene bounced enthusiastically at her feet. Jolene is the twelfth dog Thompson has fostered for the local rescue since she began working with the nonprofit in 2020. Since the group has no facility, fosters take in and care for all the animals the organization rescues from rough lives as strays or from high-kill shelters. Everyone involved volunteers their time, including the two women who run the organization.

One of those women is Susan Porter, who expressed excitement about the fundraiser. "Liz is a huge supporter of ours, and is always thinking of ways to help us," Porter reflected. "I think anybody that's looking for plants – it's the time of the year to start doing that – should find this plant sale to be awesome."

Thompson encourages local residents to come out to the sale and support the animals. "If we could raise several thousand dollars, that would go a long way toward vet bills and supplies for our rescued pets," she said hopefully.

For those who can't make it to the plant sale, non-plant items can be purchased to help fund the rescue anytime from their website – The website also accepts donations, lists the rescued pets available for adoption, and invites new potential foster homes to join their family. As of press time the puppy, Jolene, was one of the rescue's pets still looking for a forever home.

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