Adoption Information

In-person adoption services resumed January 11, and virtual adoptions are no longer available.

To visit with adoptable pets that are hosted at other sites, please check with our Community Adoption Partners.

Request to meet adoptable pets in foster care

Adoption Process

  • Search for adoptable pets online at
  • Visit the shelter to meet with up to three (3) adoptable animals for ten (10) minutes each during open hours.

What to Expect For In-Person Adoptions

  • All adoption fees currently still waived - Individuals who reside in Multnomah County will still be responsible for purchasing a pet license for dogs and cats at the time of adoption. 
  • Adoptions will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Adopters will not be able to submit applications to adopt animals in advance, or place adoption holds on animals.
  • Adopters will be able to meet a maximum of three (3) pets per visit, with ten (10) minutes per pet.
  • We will be unable to assist with pet-to-pet meets. Please keep your furry friends at home, adoptable pets will not be able to meet resident pets at the shelter. This includes dog-to-dog or cat-to-cat meets. MCAS staff will provide resources and guidance for how and when to introduce newly adopted pets at home.
  • Prepare enough time for your visit. Adopters should expect that it may be up to two (2) hours at the shelter to process an adoption, including meeting pets, an adoption consultation, and waiting periods. Wait times may be significantly longer on weekends.
  • Our adoption process, including adoption counseling, will end at 3:30 pm. We encourage you to show up as early as possible. Adopters may continue to browse adoptable pets at the shelter, but the queue for new adoption counseling sessions will close, and new adoptions may not be processed.

Required Supplies

Required supplies are available for purchase at MCAS, or you may bring your own when you pick up your adopted pet.

For Cats

  • Collar
  • License
  • Carrier (A temporary carrier is provided)

For Dogs

  • Collar
  • License
  • Leash

Jackyl the cat

Dawn P.

Ava the dog

Laura H.

Adoption Fees

Special Adoption Fee Pricing

Standard adoption fees may not reflect current adoption specials, or reduced adoption fees for individual animals. Please check for current adoption specials, and adoption fees for individual animals.

Check Current Adoption Specials

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.

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.