No Fee Adoptions

Event Summary

Adopt a pet from Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) without paying an adoption fee. MCAS has waived adoption fees for all animals through the end of July.

  • Adoption fees are waived for all animals.
  • Adoptions are limited to the online process, and in-person adoptions or visits to the shelter are not currently available.
  • Adopters in Multnomah County will be asked to pay required license-fees for dogs and cats at the time of adoption. Non-Multnomah County residents are also eligible to adopt, and will not be required to pay license fees.

Details

  • What: No-Fee Adoptions
  • When: From Sunday, June 19 - July 31, 2022. This no-fee adoption promotion may be extended.
  • Where: Online adoptions only. Adoptions are not being held in-person, on site.
  • Cost: Adoption fees are waived. However, Multnomah County residents will pay required license fees for dogs and cats.
  • Why: The summer months are the busiest for MCAS, and the shelter population increases. Adoption fees are waived in order to incentivize adoption, and send eligible pets to new homes as soon as possible.
  • What to bring: Please bring carriers, leashes, collars, and other required supplies to your set pickup time at MCAS.

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Waiving Adoption Fees is Effective and Saves Lives

Waiving adoption fees as a practice is supported by multiple Animal Welfare industry leaders, including Maddie’s Fund, The Humane Society of the United States - Adopter’s Welcome Program, Best Friends, and the ASPCA. Waiving adoption fees provides an extra incentive to adopt, can reduce an animal’s length of stay in the shelter, and save lives.

Loved the Same

Research by the ASPCA indicates that waiving adoption fees doesn’t diminish the value of adopted animals in the eyes of their new owners, and doesn’t reduce attachment. Animals adopted without fees receive the same amount of veterinary care and love as other adopted animals.

Adoption Counseling Process

During a waived-fee adoption, adoption counselors work to pair adopters with shelter animals compatible with their lifestyle in order to meet the respective needs of animals and adopters. Adopters complete applications which adoption counselors review, and they receive the same amount of counseling and resources as other adoptions to help them succeed.

Adoption Returns Don’t Increase

Waiving adoption fees does not result in significantly higher adoption return rates overall. This is reflected in national studies, and in MCAS shelter data which includes a recent adoption event on June 4-5 (shown below).

Month and Year

Adoptions

Returns

Return Percentage

January 2021

71

5

7.04%

February 2021

55

5

9.09%

March 2021

58

2

3.45%

April 2021

69

6

8.70%

May 2021

74

3

4.05%

June 2021

90

12

13.33%

July 2021

88

7

7.95%

August 2021

99

14

14.14%

September 2021

86

16

18.60%

October 2021

154

8

5.19%

November 2021

127

19

14.96%

December 2021

108

12

11.11%

January 2022

91

7

7.69%

February 2022

96

19

19.79%

March 2022

113

13

11.50%

April 2022

108

20

18.52%

May 2022

121

9

7.44%

June 2022 (partial)

87

11

12.64%

Total

1695

188

11.09%


About Multnomah County Animal Services

The North Star of Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is to provide excellence in the quality of care for animals in its shelter, and to provide equitable service to the community. MCAS is the primary agency serving found animals from all of the jurisdictions within Multnomah County, including: the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, and all unincorporated areas. MCAS is responsible for enforcing Oregon animal laws pertaining to cruelty, neglect, and minimum care standards, and for enforcing Multnomah County Code Chapter 13. MCAS is a Division of the Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS). Learn more at multcopets.org.

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Monthly adoptions and returns - January 2021 to June 2022 (partial)
Monthly adoptions and returns - January 2021 to June 2022 (partial)
Monthly adoption return rate - January 2021 to June 2022 (partial)
Monthly adoption return rate - January 2021 to June 2022 (partial)