We create joy experiences for chronically ill children & their families by surrounding them with a Pile of Puppies.


Watch Video

Volunteer
Information

The
Founder’s
Story

"Jen from POP was so thoughtful about setting up a successful experience for our family. She really thought ahead and asked questions to customize it carefully for our unique needs. It was just the right amount of snuggles and joy without being too tiring for my daughter. It was a blast for the girls and is now a special memory that we like to talk about."

Julia Thompson
Mother

"I really enjoyed being able to put a smile on a little girl's face, as well as giving her and her family some time that wasn't about being sick. The puppies benefited with another car ride, meeting new people and being in a new place.

Jen made sure that everything was safe for the puppies, the family had a dog free, and clean, home. It was an all around great experience!"

Jennifer Brightbill
Breeder

"Having a pile of puppies in our house brought such delight and lightness to our family. Our kids anticipated it for days and are still talking about the adorable puppies. It was such a wonderful ray of sunshine that we all needed and loved. Thank you!"

Meg D.
Mother

By Embry Roberts
October 18, 2016

"Can you think of any problem a literal pile of puppies wouldn’t solve — if only for a few hours? No? Neither can we … and neither could Jennifer Thompson Trepanier of Portland, Oregon. Trepanier founded nonprofit organization Pile of Puppies in hopes of bringing some four-legged comfort and joy to chronically ill children and their families."

Read Full Article

By Rosemarie Stein
February 24, 2016

"A caring friend sought to help ease some of the young girl's pain and stress by matching her up with a litter of puppies owned by Jennifer Brightbill of Brechbuhler Bernese Mountain Dogs of Oregon City. The result was an afternoon of fun and excitement for a very brave little girl (and her sister Ruby, 3) as well as an excellent socialization opportunity for the puppies.“

Read Full Article

By Reporters Troy and Andrea
October 31, 2016

Live Interview on Fox News. "Pile of Puppies brings puppies to sick children"

Read Full Article

By Jenny Hansson
October 13, 2016

“I went into this for the children, but I came out of it for the mothers,” Trepanier said. “Usually they’re the last one to let go of the puppies.”

Read Full Article