Help Animals by Applying for the Multnomah County Animal Services Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is now seeking applications for membership on the Multnomah County Animal Services Community Advisory Committee (MCAS-CAC). 

The purpose of the MCAS-CAC is to thoughtfully advise and provide input to staff regarding division policies, operations, budget, and community relations. 

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is a Division of the Department of Community Services.

Multnomah County values diversity, and strives to represent and serve all residents of the county.  All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for Membership


  • Resident of Multnomah County
  • 18 years or older
  • Passionate about animals
  • Highly reliable and organized
  • Leadership qualities/experience
  • Commitment to collaborative and inclusive committee involvement
  • Willing and able to serve a three (3) year term

Application Timeframe

New applications will be accepted for thirty days from April 1 to April 30, 2018.  All applicants selected for an interview will be contacted no later than May 31, 2018.

Application Process

Submit an application online through our Google Form, or print and complete the paper application, including your:

  1. Acknowledgement that you meet all requirements for membership on the CAC.
  2. Your contact information
  3. Statements of interest about your knowledge of Multnomah County Animal Services, your interest in serving on the CAC, and your qualifications.

Apply Online


About the Multnomah County Animal Services Community Advisory Committee

The MCAS-CAC shall advise the Department of Community Services, Animal Services Division.  Topics the Advisory Committee may be called upon to provide comment and input may include the following:

  • The delivery of services and the community's expectations for a fully accountable government. 
  • Potential changes and improvements to make the current program more user-fee supported.
  • Budgetary priorities.
  • Marketing, advertising and public education materials and campaigns.
  • Best practices that support the mission of MCAS.


About Multnomah County Animal Services

MCAS is the only open admission animal shelter serving 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 Multnomah County Code Chapter 13 – Animal Control.

The mission of Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is to protect the health, safety and welfare of pets and people of Multnomah County through the delivery of innovative programming and community education/information services.  To accomplish this, the Division is organized into five (5) programs/work units that provide services 365 days each year.

Animal Care 


Provides humane shelter and health care for homeless animals that are injured, sick, abandoned, abused or neglected.    Services include adoption and counseling, behavioral evaluation, enrichment interventions, community information and referral, and foster care placement/coordinaton. 


Animal Health


Provides veterinary care for all animals serve by MCAS.  Services include health examinations, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, general surgical interventions, and micro-chipping.

Client Services


Functions as administrative services for MCAS.  Services include customer care for shelter visitors, phone customers and e-business transactions; lost/found services and owner reunification;  county-wide pet licensing and facility licensing programs; and financial processing of all MCAS transactions. 


Community Services/Program Development


Functions as the liaison to the community and manages the programmatic development activities.  Services include the Volunteer Program, community outreach events, grant writing and program development, data analysis and reporting, communication activities (i.e. social media, website) and community networking/ marketing.


Field Services


Provides twenty-four (24) hour animal control services including public safety emergency response/rescue for stray, injured, sick and abused animals; investigation services for animal bite cases, potentially dangerous dog incidents and animal abuse and neglect; enforcement of  city, county and state laws; and education and assistance in resolving neighborhood animal nuisances complaints.