Adoption Information

In-Person Adoption Services Suspended

All adoptions are being conducted virtually. In-person adoption services are suspended in order to support and reinforce social distancing measures from local health authorities

Community members aren’t able to visit the shelter to browse adoption kennels, and adoptions are limited to the virtual process. Adopters will not be able to meet animals at MCAS nor be able to introduce other household pets until after the adoption is completed.

Please check with Community Adoption Partners about visiting with adoptable pets offsite.

Virtual Adoption Process

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is resuming adoptions through a virtual, touchless process. Community members can now submit adoption applications online, meet with adoption counselors remotely, and safely pick up their adopted pet at the shelter with limited contact.

MCAS is implementing new tools to facilitate a virtual adoption process, enabling community members to view adoptable pets online, submit adoption applications online, meet virtually with an adoption counselor, and arrange a contactless pickup process at the Troutdale shelter.

How Virtual Adoptions Work

Finding Your Pet

  • Search for adoptable pets online at
  • If you are interested in adopting an available pet, fill out the Adoption Information form. You’ll be redirected to the Adopets website to complete the form.
  • MCAS staff will review the adoption application for eligibility, and additional information.

Adoption Interview

  • Adoption applications will be processed in order of the time they are received. MCAS adoption counselors will review applications for eligibility.
  • Adoption Counselors will contact you to schedule an interview by phone or Google Hangouts, or discuss any potential issues with the adoption application.
  • During the adoption interview, adoption counselors will review behavior and medical history of the animal with you, answer questions, and consult about the pet’s needs and an adopter’s lifestyle.
  • If the adoption is approved, you will be able to pay adoption and licensing fees online.
  • Adoption counselors will schedule a day and time for you to pick up your adopted pet. Please bring a face-mask.

Picking Up Your Adopted Pet

  • When you arrive at the shelter front door, ring the buzzer for assistance.
  • MCAS staff will welcome you to the adoption meet & greet room to pickup your pet, and any medication or accessories. 
  • Facemasks must be worn at all times while in the building.

Required Supplies

For Cats

  • Collar*
  • License*
  • Carrier

For Dogs

  • Collar*
  • License*
  • Leash*

Adoption Fees

Dog adoptions

  • $300 for puppies under 7 months
  • $160 for dogs between 7 months and under 6 years
  • $60 for dogs 6 years and older

Cat adoptions

  • $150 for kittens under 7 months
  • $80 for cats between 7 months and under 6 years
  • $30 for cats 6 years and older
  • BOGO- Adopt a pair of cats of any age and the second cat (equal or lesser fee) will be half the normal adoption fee. Not applicable with other offers.  Consider adopting bonded pairs, or adopt a senior mentor cat for your kitten.

Rabbits or Ferrets

  • $30

Pocket Pets (Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Rats, etc)

  • $10

Reptiles & Amphibians

  • $15


  • $15 for domestic birds
  • $125 for exotic birds

Adoption fees include the following services:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • First set of vaccinations, including rabies
  • Health exam at the shelter
  • Health exam at a vet clinic
  • Microchip

Please note: Pet license fees are not included in the price of adoption and must be paid separately.  You can see our licensing fees here.

Jackyl the cat

Dawn P.

Ava the rabbit

Laura H.

Ava the dog

Laura H.


Before Adopting, Please Consider...


Pets come with some built-in expenses. Consider the following expenses and how they could affect your household budget: food, toys, pet bed, crate, grooming, vet visits (yearly shots, check-ups, unforeseen illness or emergencies), training classes, annual license fees, collar, leash, tags, scratching posts, litter box/ litter, dog house, etc. Start-up costs for new pets generally run from $200-300.


Life expectancies for dogs and cats generally range from 10 to 18 years. Are you and your family prepared to make this lengthy commitment to the animal you would like to adopt?

Pet ownership also includes responsibilities for training, vet care and other things necessary for the pet to lead a comfortable, happy life. Many of the animals in our shelter have previous life histories that are unknown to us. Therefore, undesirable behaviors could show up after you have the animal at home.

Please be prepared to deal with possible chewing, clawing, barking or house soiling while your pet adjusts to your home. All of these behaviors are easily correctable, but require a commitment to teaching your pet. Adoption staff can advise you in this area.


It is important for you to choose a pet whose personality and care/exercise needs fit your family. Some dogs require lots of exercise; some pets are better with children; and some age groups of puppies and kittens are better suited to young kids. If you have questions about which animal would make the best pet for you, please consult with our adoption staff.


Animals in our shelter may have been exposed to a variety of health issues while at large or here in our shelter. While we make every effort to adopt a healthy pet to you, please be prepared for the possibility that the pet could become ill and if so, you will be required to pay for needed vet care. However, we will provide treatment for upper respiratory infections and other common diseases up to 14 days after adoption.

Some animals may have known health problems that can be managed. Our animal health staff can advise you in this area.