March 2021 Monthly Report

View the March 2021 monthly report of animal intakes, outcomes, and other key metrics of services offered at Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS).

 

Summary

During March 2021, all but essential services offered to the public remained suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Modifications are reflected in reporting metrics including adoption outcomes, volunteer hours, total spay & neuter surgeries performed, and licensing.

Animal Intake

MCAS continued to accept stray pets from members of the public, and officers also picked up stray or lost animals. Owner surrendered animals were accepted on a case by case basis, depending on urgent circumstances. Other intakes most commonly represent animals placed into protective custody by Animal Services officers.

Intake Type

Dog

Puppy

Cat

Kitten

Wildlife

Other

Total

Stray or at large

100

4

58

21

14

22

219

Owner Surrenders

13

0

5

0

0

2

20

Other Intakes

17

0

13

1

3

10

44

Total Live Intake

130

4

76

22

17

34

283

Veterinary Care Provided

Animal Health and Animal Care staff provided a wide range of veterinary services to animals in care. 

To keep animals healthy, Animal Health staff, and partner veterinarians in the community administered 1,226 vaccinations, including rabies, DA2PP and Bordetella for dogs and puppies, and FVRCP for cats and kittens.

They provided 993 health exams and consultations, including routine exams, wound checks, pre-surgery checkups, behavior assessments, and reviewing test results or diagnoses with foster volunteers.

Veterinary Service

Cats

Kittens

Dogs

Puppies

Other

Total

Health Exams & Consults

445

75

366

18

89

993

Spay & Neuter Surgeries

22

0

23

1

15

61

Medications Administered

44

4

32

1

2

83

Tests & Diagnostics

30

1

5

0

1

37

Vaccinations

470

13

726

17

0

1,226

Other Vet Treatments

242

84

280

23

63

692

Total Services

1,253

177

1,432

60

170

3,092

Fostered Animals

In March 2021, thirty-one (31) animals entered foster care, joining the existing one-hundred-and-forty (140) animals already in care at the beginning of the month. The majority of animals in foster care were adult cats and kittens. MCAS foster volunteers cared for a total of one-hundred-and-seventy-one (171) foster animals. Many of these animals left foster care for other outcomes over the course of the month, so the total number does not represent the maximum number of animals in care at one time.

Animal type

Entered care

Previously in care

Total in foster care

Cats

13

43

56

Kittens

6

45

51

Dogs

5

24

29

Puppies

3

17

20

Other

4

11

15

Total

31

140

171

 

Animal Outcomes

In March 2021, fifty-eight animals (19.9%) were adopted. At the end of September 2020, MCAS launched a virtual adoptions process allowing for online animal selection, application submissions, and remote adoption interviews. A low-contact process was also developed for animal pickup. Adoptions were also performed from community adoption partners, and foster homes.

Ninety-four animals (32.3%) were reclaimed by their owners. The majority of animals represented in these outcomes were dogs.

Ninety-six animals (33%) were transferred to another agency, including Oregon Humane Society, and Cat Adoption Team.

Thirty-seven animals (12.7%) were humanely euthanized, including cases of injured wildlife, injured or severely sick cats, and other domestic animals at the recommendation of a veterinarian, or for behavioral issues which would make an animal unsafe to place back into the community. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, cat intake is officially limited to cases where the cat is sick or injured, or in immediate danger due to cruelty, neglect, and similar circumstances. There is decreased intake volume for cats, and an increased percentage of veterinary-recommended euthanasia for adult cats due to these intake conditions.

Two cats (0.7%) were returned to the field in March. Four animals (1.4%) had an unassisted death while in care.

 

Outcome Type

Dog

Puppy

Cat

Kitten

Wildlife

Other

Total

Adopted

30

0

13

0

0

15

58

Reclaimed/returned to owner

77

2

12

0

1

2

94

Transferred to another agency

14

1

32

4

3

42

96

Euthanized

13

0

13

2

9

0

37

Return to field

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

Unassisted death

1

0

1

1

1

0

4

Other outcomes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

135

3

73

7

14

59

291

 

Volunteers

With in-shelter volunteer activities suspended due to COVID-19, all volunteer hours in March were recorded by foster volunteers and transport volunteers.

*The total hourly contribution for all foster volunteers is estimated to be three (3) hours per day, per foster home. Setting an hourly rate for all foster homes regardless of number or type of animals is considered an industry standard by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and has been in practice at MCAS for many years.

Volunteer Role

Hours

Foster: Cats and Kittens

4,914

Foster: Dogs and Puppies

3,480

Foster: Other

690

Transport

11

Total

9,095

Online Resources

Many services provided by MCAS are accessible online, at multcopets.org. Here, pet owners can search for lost pets, try to find the owners of found pets, search for adoptable companions, license their animals, and learn about other resources available to them, such as information about caring for kittens, low cost services, emergency response and other field services, volunteer opportunities, and regional news.

Page Category

Page Views

Adoptable Pets

43,168

Lost & Found Pets

33,778

Home Page Visits

27,374

Licensing Resources

18,242

News & Updates

1,931

Low-Cost Services

3,288

Kitten Resources

1,012

Field Services

3,417

Volunteering

1,204

Other Pages

14,479

Total

147,893

Field Services

Field Services officers responded to 561 urgent needs of community members and their pets, investigated cases of potential cruelty or neglect, and picked up stray, injured, potentially dangerous, or deceased animals.

Dispatch Category

Count

Percentage

Deceased Animal Pickup

105

19%

Stray Animal

66

12%

Suspected Cruelty / Neglect

124

22%

Loose aggressive animal (Animals actively charging, attacking, or chasing people or animals)

59

11%

Bite Investigation

72

13%

Loose nuisance animal

14

2%

Injured Animal

41

7%

Abandoned Animal

17

3%

Animal Placed in Protective Custody

22

4%

Other

41

7%

Total

561

100%

Pet Licensing

While there is an ongoing amnesty period for pet licensing requirements due to COVID-19 related hardships, and physical distancing requirements, MCAS issued 3,520 total licenses in March.

License Type

Cats

Dogs

Total

Total licenses issued

1,196

2,324

3,520

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