If your pet has died
- If your pet rabbit has died suddenly, and you noticed any potential signs of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2), please call 1-800-347-7028 or visit https://oda.direct/RHD to report it to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).
- Oregon Humane Society, Dignified Pet Services, and Family Animal Services offer a range of memorial services (cremation, burial, urns, etc.).
- Family Animal Services: Communal cremation services are $30 for a pet up to 30 pounds (animals over 30 pounds are $30 plus 60 cents per pound). (Ashes not returned.) Tell them you were referred by MCAS to qualify for this offer. (503) 665-8300
- Check with your city’s zoning officials to determine if you may legally bury your pet on your property.
- Metro disposes of deceased animals as garbage. Animals must be triple-bagged in plastic and brought to either the METRO South Transfer Station at 2001 Washington St, Oregon City or the METRO Central Transfer Station at 6161 NW 61st, Portland. Contact them for additional informational.
- Dead livestock may be processed through a local rendering company.
- Please do not put dead animals into your regular garbage bins or compost. Generally, companies that handle neighborhood waste disposal don't allow this, but you can check with your waste disposal company for specific information.
If you need at-home euthanasia for your pet
- At Home Vet - Dr. Mesher: (503) 281-1631
- Vet to Pet - Dr. Ghang: (503) 757-6124
- Fetch and Heal - Dr. Carroll: (503) 799-1665
- Peaceful Passings - Dr. Healey: (503) 539-9144
- Loving Hands, LLC - Dr. Rotman: (503) 489-8421
If you find a dead stray animal or wildlife on public property
If you find a deceased rabbit, please report it directly to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), who are currently tracking and preventing the spread of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2). Please call 1-800-347-7028 or visit https://oda.direct/RHD to report domestic or wild rabbits which are suspected to have died from RHDV2.
For other deceased pets or wildlife, please call us at (503) 988-7387 during regular phone hours to file a report or use the Deceased Animal Removal Request form. Our animal services officers will remove dead stray animals and dead wildlife on public property (except freeways). Dead cats and dogs will be checked for microchips. Our goal is to respond within 72 working hours of the call being received.
Officers are unable to pick up deceased animals on private property, and finders are advised to move them to a discreet area in the public right-of-way, in a bag and/or box if found in an inaccessible location.
Due to ongoing social distancing recommendations from public health authorities, we encourage finders of deceased wildlife to be as specific as possible in their reports to describe the location and nature of each find, position relative to the curb, and any bags or containers used, as face-to-face clarifications with officers are to be avoided as much as possible.
Dead stray animals and wildlife on freeways are removed by The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). If the animal presents an immediate hazard, see the ODOT info for road hazards. (ODOT only responds to dead animals on freeways, not local roads.)
If you find a dead stray animal or wildlife on private property
If you find a deceased animal in Multnomah County, please move the animal to the street or curb. Then call us to have the animal picked up or use the Deceased Animal Removal Request Form. Dead cats and dogs will be checked for microchips so owners can be contacted. Animal control officers will remove dead stray animals from public property (except freeways) within 72 hours in most cases.
Smaller dead wildlife may be brought to our shelter for disposal. For disposal of large mammals (such as elk or cougars) please call us during regular call center hours.
Metro offers a carcass disposal service. Animals must be triple-bagged in plastic and brought to either the METRO South Transfer Station at 2001 Washington St, Oregon City or the METRO Central Transfer Station at 6161 NW 61st, Portland. Contact them for size limitations and more information.
If you find a dead bird
Dead birds may be disposed of in the same manner as other wildlife.