The second phase of Chair Jessica Vega Pederson’s Review of Multnomah County Animal Services gathered feedback from volunteers, current and former staff, partner agencies, and members of the public. Lara Media Services was contracted as an independent party to gather detailed feedback from stakeholders in interviews, small groups, and a survey. Findings are available in the official report produced by Lara Media.
Here are some key takeaways from public feedback.
- The hard work and dedication of MCAS volunteers and staff
- The foster and volunteer programs
- Services available for animals besides dogs and cats
- The pet licensing program
Stakeholders want to see improvements in:
- Animal care
- The shelter facility
- The spay & neuter program
- Veterinary services provided to animals
- Increased internal and external communications
- Transparency and accountability
- Training for staff
- Recruitment for staff and volunteers
This detailed feedback will be incorporated into work plans to address these significant issues. Thank you to stakeholders for participating in the community feedback portion of the review.
- Phase 3 of the MCAS Review will be a work plan to address issues identified by the internal review (Phase 1), and public feedback (Phase 2).
- View a timeline of the MCAS Review
- View a detailed summary of changes made in different MCAS programs from January to May 2023
After the development and release of Phase 3, MCAS will post regular updates on progress made towards ongoing process improvements and addressing key issues.