Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson Announces Review of MCAS

After stabilizing an immediate crisis at Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) in her first six weeks in office, Chair Jessica Vega Pederson today announced the next steps in her promise to conduct a detailed review of the division and begin work to address years of longstanding structural and management challenges, in partnership with the community.

The multi-stage review will comb through unfinished work recommended by every previous audit and report on MCAS, solicit widespread community feedback, and bring the Board of Commissioners a detailed work plan for accomplishing the review’s recommendations.

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In bringing the community into this process, I am determined to uncover the root of the issues we’ve faced at Animal Services and address them productively and proactively. I appreciate the deep investment of the animal care community in helping us move our work forward in coming weeks and look forward to providing more information following this review about medium- to long-term changes we’ll put in motion.

Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Chair


Chair Jessica Vega Pederson visits with a dog in a kennel at MCAS

Motoya Nakamura

Chair Jessica Vega Pederson visits with a dog in a kennel at MCAS