About Us

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is the county’s sole public animal shelter and control agency. The mission of MCAS is to protect the health, safety and welfare of people and pets throughout Multnomah County.

MCAS cares for the community’s lost, homeless, stray, injured, sick, neglected and abandoned animals.

MCAS is a division of the Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS), serving the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Maywood Park and all unincorporated areas of Multnomah County.

Jackie with kitten

Motoya Nakamura

We Provide

  • humane shelter
  • Veterinary care
  • 24-hour response to animal emergencies and public safety incidents involving animals
  • education and enforcement of the community’s responsible pet ownership laws
  • help to neighborhoods to resolve animal nuisance disputes
  • lost and found services
  • adoption services
  • licensing for dogs, cats and animal facilities

We are Responsible for Investigating Cases of

  • animal abuse and neglect
  • animal bites
  • potentially dangerous dogs

Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland

We are proud to be a founding member of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), a coalition of the largest animal welfare organizations serving the four-county Portland metropolitan area.

The Shelter Alliance'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.

Save Rate

We have made increasing our animal save rate a top priority. Our save rate has improved steadily and substantially over many years. Our save rate for dogs is now up to over 90% and we've recently implemented several new programs to increase the save rate for cats. In 2012, ASAP member shelters collectively achieved an 85% live release rate. This is amongst the top in the nation for populations over two million people. Detailed, annual agency statistics for our shelter are available.



Volunteer of the Month

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