Adoption Information

Adoption Services Suspended

At this time, adoption services are suspended in order to support and reinforce social distancing measures from local health authorities.

Thank you for your interest in adoptable pets at Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS). We encourage you to continue viewing adoptable pets on, and monitor updates on Facebook and our home page for more information on when adoption services may be restored.

Adopting a pet from us is a four-step process

Adoptable Shelter Dog

  1. Come to the shelter and choose an animal that fits with your lifestyle.
  2. Complete an Adoption Information Form at home or at the shelter.
  3. Meet with one of our knowledgeable adoption counselors to apply for adoption.
  4. Before going home with your new pet, adoption counselors will check if you have all the required supplies for your pet (see below)

Required Supplies

For Cats

  • Collar*
  • License*
  • Carrier

For Dogs

  • Collar*
  • License*
  • Leash*

*Licenses, collars, and leashes are available for purchase at the shelter.

Our goal is to make lifelong matches! After you have completed these steps, it is simply a matter of paying the adoption fee, and then taking your new family member home.

Adoption Fees

Dog adoptions

  • $300 for puppies under 7 months
  • $160 for dogs between 7 months and under 6 years
  • $60 for dogs 6 years and older

Cat adoptions

  • $150 for kittens under 7 months
  • $80 for cats between 7 months and under 6 years
  • $30 for cats 6 years and older
  • BOGO- Adopt a pair of cats of any age and the second cat (equal or lesser fee) will be half the normal adoption fee. Not applicable with other offers.  Consider adopting bonded pairs, or adopt a senior mentor cat for your kitten.

Rabbits or Ferrets

  • $30

Pocket Pets (Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Rats, etc)

  • $10

Reptiles & Amphibians

  • $15


  • $15 for domestic birds
  • $125 for exotic birds

Adoption fees include the following services:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • First set of vaccinations, including rabies
  • Health exam at the shelter
  • Health exam at a vet clinic
  • Microchip

Please note: Pet license fees are not included in the price of adoption and must be paid separately.  You can see our licensing fees here.

New Entrance for Adopters

Coming to the shelter to adopt a pet? We have a new entrance for adopters! Just turn right at the awning, and the path will take you to the adoption info desk, and adoptable dogs and cats.


Before Adopting, Please Consider...


Pets come with some built-in expenses. Consider the following expenses and how they could affect your household budget: food, toys, pet bed, crate, grooming, vet visits (yearly shots, check-ups, unforeseen illness or emergencies), training classes, annual license fees, collar, leash, tags, scratching posts, litter box/ litter, dog house, etc. Start-up costs for new pets generally run from $200-300.


Life expectancies for dogs and cats generally range from 10 to 18 years. Are you and your family prepared to make this lengthy commitment to the animal you would like to adopt?

Pet ownership also includes responsibilities for training, vet care and other things necessary for the pet to lead a comfortable, happy life. Many of the animals in our shelter have previous life histories that are unknown to us. Therefore, undesirable behaviors could show up after you have the animal at home.

Please be prepared to deal with possible chewing, clawing, barking or house soiling while your pet adjusts to your home. All of these behaviors are easily correctable, but require a commitment to teaching your pet. Adoption staff can advise you in this area.


It is important for you to choose a pet whose personality and care/exercise needs fit your family. Some dogs require lots of exercise; some pets are better with children; and some age groups of puppies and kittens are better suited to young kids. If you have questions about which animal would make the best pet for you, please consult with our adoption staff.


Animals in our shelter may have been exposed to a variety of health issues while at large or here in our shelter. While we make every effort to adopt a healthy pet to you, please be prepared for the possibility that the pet could become ill and if so, you will be required to pay for needed vet care. However, we will provide treatment for upper respiratory infections and other common diseases up to 14 days after adoption.

Some animals may have known health problems that can be managed. Our animal health staff can advise you in this area.