Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is the county’s public animal shelter and animal control agency. Our mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people and pets throughout Multnomah County.
We are responsible for serving the 735,000 residents of Multnomah County, including the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Maywood Park, and all unincorporated areas.
As Multnomah County’s sole public animal shelter, we provide humane shelter and care for the community’s lost, homeless, stray, injured, sick, neglected and abandoned animals. We provide AAHA accredited veterinary care, offer lost-and-found services, reunite pets with their owners, and adopt animals into new homes. Our shelter is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
MCAS provides 24-hour response to animal emergencies and public safety incidents involving animals. We rescue injured, sick, and abused animals, and help neighborhoods resolve animal nuisance disputes. We provide education and enforcement of the community’s responsible pet ownership laws.
MCAS administers the county’s pet licensing program for dogs, cats, and animal facilities.
MCAS is responsible for investigating cases of animal abuse and neglect, animal bites, and potentially dangerous dogs.
We are proud to be one of the founding members of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP). ASAP is a coalition of the largest animal welfare organizations serving the four-county Portland metropolitan area. ASAP’s mission is to end the euthanasia of social, healthy, and treatable cats and dogs in our local shelters by collaborating on spay/neuter programs; educational and outreach efforts; and the promotion of humane alternatives for feral cats.
MCAS has made increasing our animal save rate a top priority. Our save rate has improved steadily and substantially over many years. In fact, the MCAS save rate for dogs is now up to over 90% (based on 2012 Asilomar Report) and we are striving to save more lives. We have also recently implemented several new programs to increase the save rate for cats.
How can you help? MCAS relies heavily on pet licensing fees to cover our operational costs. Licensing and microchipping your pets also enables us to get lost pets home quickly. We also rely heavily on the assistance of volunteers and foster parents. These programs give shelter pets extra TLC when they need it most. Finally, getting involved can be as easy as "liking" us on Facebook and sharing posts of adoptable pets with your friends.
Thank you for your interest in MCAS!