Adoption Information

In-Person Adoption Services Currently Unavailable

Due to current staffing levels, all adoptions are being conducted virtually through an online process. Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is temporarily unable to offer in-person visits to the shelter to browse adoption kennels. 

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

Virtual Adoption Process

MCAS is currently conducting adoptions through a virtual process. You can submit adoption information forms online, meet with adoption counselors virtually, and schedule an appointment to pick up your adopted pet at the shelter. When submitting an application, please be prepared to pick up your adopted animal within 24 - 48 hours after approval.

How Virtual Adoptions Work

Finding Your Pet

  • Search for adoptable pets online at In-person browsing is currently unavailable.
  • If you are interested in adopting an available pet, fill out the Adoption Information form on the pet’s profile. You’ll be redirected to the Adopets website to complete the form.
  • MCAS staff will review the adoption application and contact you for a counseling session.

Please note:

  • It may take 1-4 days for adoption counselors to follow up with your application due to adoption demand and current staffing levels.
  • Submitting an Adoption Information form for an animal is not a hold or reservation
  • Adoption applications will be processed in order of the time they are received.
  • If the animal you are interested in is no longer visible on the adoption page, they have likely reached the maximum number of applicants. They may reappear if none of the applicants adopt, but they may also be on their way to a new home! We have many other great animals available for adoption, and you are able to submit adoption applications for multiple animals.

Adoption Interview

  • Adoption Counselors will contact you to conduct a counseling session over the phone. We will make two (2) attempts to contact you at the phone number you provide on the Adoption Information form. If we are unable to make contact after two attempts, we will move to the next interested adopter.
  • 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 transitioning into your home.
  • 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.
    • Ask your adoption counselor about scheduling a meet-and-greet with a dog in your home if needed.

Picking Up Your Adopted Pet

  • When you arrive at the shelter front door, ring the buzzer for assistance.
  • MCAS staff will help you pick up your pet, and any medication or accessories needed.

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.