Adoption Fees = Day of the Month During Days of December Adoption Special

cat and dog wearing Santa hats. Days of December adoption special

UPDATE: Thanks to your support, 265 animals found homes for the holidays during the 2018 Days of December Adoption Special!

Adopt a pet for $1 on December 1, $2 on December 2, and so on!  All pets, seven months and older are eligible.  License fees also apply for Multnomah County residents.

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) asks the community to help send every pet home for the holidays by spreading the word about its Days of December Adoption Special.  For the sixth year in a row, adoption fees equal the day of the month for all pets seven months and older, from December 1 through the 31.  This means that adopters can adopt a dog or a cat for $1 on December 1, $2 on December 2, $3 on December 3, or for $8 on December 8, and so forth. The adoption does not include the cost of licensing for Multnomah County residents, due at the time of adoption.  All applicants will go through the regular adoption application, interview, and consultation process to make sure homes and animals are well matched to each other.


WHAT:  Adoption fees equal the day of the month for all animals seven months and older, from December 1 through 31.  License fees apply.

WHO:  Multnomah County Animal Services.

WHERE:  The shelter is located at 1700 Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060.

WHEN:  From December 1 through the 31.  The shelter is open from noon - 7 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 11 am until 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The shelter is closed on Wednesdays.  There will be one holiday closure where the promotional adoption fee will be unavailable.  Multnomah County Animal Services will be OPEN on Monday, December 24, and on Monday, December 31, and will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 25.

WHY: To send adoptable pets home for the holidays.

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Are pets valued less when adoption fees are lowered or waived?

No! Multnomah County Animal Services is committed to finding good homes for the animals in our care, and recent studies endorsed by the ASPCA confirm that dramatically reducing adoption fees doesn't affect the love or longevity of an adopter’s relationship with their adopted pets.  

All adopters will go through the standard adoption application, interview, and consultation process.  

Can pets be adopted as gifts?

Yes! ASPCA research by Dr. Emily Weiss recently found there is no correlation between getting an animal as a gift and an owner's love and attachment to the pet – even if that pet was a surprise gift – and no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as gifts.​

About Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS):

Multnomah County Animal Services cares for approximately 6,000 animals each year, 100 percent of which are from the local community.  As the only open admission shelter in Portland, Multnomah County Animal Services is a national leader with record-high save rates. In order to sustain our success in saving the lives of local animals, Animal Services relies on the Portland community to adopt, foster, volunteer, license their pets, and donate.