Pets & Fireworks - Waived Impound and Board Fees for July 4

Dog scared by fireworks
If Your Pet is Lost
Firework Pet Safety
Shelter Holiday Closure
Finding Rover

With fireworks booming, the Independence Day holiday can be a frightening time for your pets. Sadly, it’s common to lose pets during this time. Ahead of the holiday, Multnomah County Animal Services wants to remind pet owners about services and resources to help reunite them with their pets quickly, as well as tips to keep your pets safe during fireworks displays.  See the number of animals impounded and reclaimed during the 4th of July holiday week.


Impounded Stray Animals Summary

The 2019 4th of July holiday week saw a reduction in the number of dogs impounded from the previous year, but a slight influx of cats, and many more kittens. While we're unable to track metrics on which stray animals were lost due to fireworks and which were not, it's more likely that adult cats and dogs were affected than stray kittens found at large.

In 2018 and 2019, 75-80% of animals found with identification were reunited with their owners, highlighting the importance of licensing and microchipping your pets. 

Impounded Animals: June 30-July 7, 2019

Type Count Reclaimed
Cat 36 4
Dog 44 26
Kitten 67 1
Puppy 9 2
Total 156 33

Impounded Animals: June 30-July 7, 2018

Type Count Reclaimed
Cat 26 1
Dog 62 37
Kitten 21 0
Puppy 2 1
Total 111 39

If Your Pet is Lost

  1. Upload your pet’s photo
  2. Enter a few details about your pet
  3. Enter your name, email address, and zip code
  • Look around your neighborhood for your lost pet
    • In a survey of Multnomah County community members who found their lost pets, 36% found them at large, wandering the neighborhood.
    • Put out fragrant wet food to try and lure your pets back home.
  • Inform your neighbors and seek their help to find your lost pet. 
    • 35% of lost pets are reunited with help from neighbors who find them, see posters and provide tips, or see their lost pet report at
    • Distribute posters with your lost pet’s photo and information door to door, and around your neighborhood. Ask for tips.
    • Post to Nextdoor, Facebook, and other social media resources to engage with members of your neighborhood. Find online groups and forums dedicated to finding lost pets in your area.

Impound & Board Fees Waived for Stray Pets

In an effort to easily reunite lost pets with their owners during the week of Independence Day, impound and board fees will be waived for all stray pets brought to Multnomah County Animal Services between June 30 and July 7, AND redeemed by owners no later than July 9. Owners will still need to pay license fees on unlicensed pets, and vet bills for pets requiring medical treatment during their stay. 

Please note, pets impounded prior to Sunday, June 30, and redeemed during the amnesty period will be responsible for all fees owed. Pets impounded during the amnesty period, but redeemed by owners after July 9 will also be responsible for all fees owed, including fees that accrue during the amnesty period.

Firework Safety Basics For Pets

Be prepared to help your pets through their fears during Independence Day.

  • Safety and Prevention: Never bring pets to firework displays or leave them locked in cars while you watch.
  • Be present: One of the best things you can do for your pets is to be present for them. You can calm them better than a pet-sitter or a kennel staff member. When you see that they’re afraid, call to them. Go to your pet, or invite them to join you where you are. Give them rubs and scratches. Talk with them. Be silly with them. Play their favorite games. Turn a scary experience into a learning opportunity. (source)
  • Secure your home: Plan ahead, and identify ways your pet could escape. Close open windows and doors. Don’t leave pets outdoors where they could jump a fence, or indoors near screen doors and windows if they panic and bolt. Make sure guests coming and going are careful not to let pets slip through the door. (source)
  • Give your pet a safe space: Give your pet a confined, safe space in the center of your home, such as a spacious closet or a bathroom with a comfortable bed and water. (source)
  • Use ambient noise: Play comforting music, or noise from a radio or TV. (source)
  • Seek help from a veterinarian: If your pet has a history of fear or anxiety with loud noises, including fireworks, talk with your veterinarian about your options. They may be able to prescribe medication to help calm your pet. They may also recommend a Thunder Shirt or wrap to calm and provide comfort. (source)
  • Make sure your pets are licensed so MCAS can contact you as soon as they arrive at the shelter. Licensing can be done online at
  • Make sure pets are wearing collars with tags, and that the contact information on the tag is current.
  • Microchip your pet and update your contact information with the microchip registry. Microchipping is a powerful tool to reunite lost pets with owners if lost.
  • Register your pets on to use facial recognition technology to help locate them if ever lost. 

Shelter Holiday Closure

Multnomah County Animal Services will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Staff will be on-site to accept stray animals and assist in returning impounded animals to owners between noon and 4 pm. MCAS will only be offering impound and redemption services on July 4, and will not be providing other services such as adoptions or licensing.

About Multnomah County Animal Services

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is the only open door shelter in Portland. MCAS is the primary agency responsible for lost pet care, animal abuse investigations and animal rescue in Multnomah County. MCAS also offers dog and cat licensing, lost and found pet services, and animal adoptions through its shelter in Troutdale. MCAS is a division of the Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS).