August 2020 Monthly Report

Do you want to know how many animals come to Multnomah County Animal Services each month, the care they receive, where they go, what our volunteers are doing, or the types of calls our Animal Services officers respond to in the community? View our monthly report for August 2020.


Summary

During August 2020, 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

86

5

64

59

21

9

244

Owner Surrenders

6

1

0

3

0

1

11

Other Intakes

49

19

24

61

6

1

160

Total Live Intake

141

25

88

123

27

11

415

Veterinary Care Provided

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

To keep animals healthy, staff administered 1,344 vaccinations, including rabies, DA2PP and Bordetella for dogs and puppies, and FVRCP for cats and kittens.

They provided 1,794 health exams and consultations, including routine exams, wound checks, pre-surgery checkups, and reviewing test results or diagnoses with foster volunteers.


 

Veterinary Service

Cats

Kittens

Dogs

Puppies

Other

Total

Health Exams & Consults

446

805

374

140

29

1,794

Spay & Neuter Surgeries

40

15

23

1

6

85

Medications Administered

20

18

23

1

0

62

Tests & Diagnostics

94

219

44

14

0

371

Vaccinations

414

199

645

86

0

1,344

Behavior Assessments

59

59

55

23

3

199

Other Vet Treatments

328

617

261

121

201

1,332

Fostered Animals

In August 2020, seventy-nine (79) animals entered foster care, joining the existing one hundred and two (102) animals already in care at the beginning of the month. The majority of animals in foster care were kittens, and adult cats. MCAS foster volunteers cared for a total of one hundred and eighty-one (181) 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

9

42

51

Kittens

54

33

87

Dogs

7

12

19

Puppies

9

8

17

Other

0

7

7

Total

79

102

181


 

Animal Outcomes

In August 2020, only one animal- a kitten- was adopted (0.3%). Due to COVID-19 physical distancing recommendations, adoptions at the Troutdale shelter remained suspended.

Thirty-three percent (33.2%) of animals were reclaimed by their owners. The majority of animals represented in these outcomes were dogs.

Forty-six percent (46%) of animals were transferred to another agency, including Oregon Humane Society and Cat Adoption Team.

Seventeen percent (16.9%) of animals were humanely euthanized, including cases of injured wildlife, or domestic animals at the recommendation of a veterinarian, or for behavioral issues which would make an animal unsafe to place back into the community.

Less than one percent (0.6%) of animals were returned to the field at the location they were found, including two community cats.

Two percent (2.5%) of animals had unassisted deaths, the majority of whom were kittens who failed to thrive, injured wildlife, and a puppy. 

Less than one percent of animals had other outcomes (0.3%).


 

Outcome Type

Dog

Puppy

Cat

Kitten

Wildlife

Other

Total

Adopted

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Reclaimed/returned to owner

74

6

16

6

0

2

104

Transferred to another agency

21

2

58

45

7

11

144

Euthanized

6

0

20

8

15

4

53

Return to field

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

Unassisted death

0

1

0

4

3

0

8

Other outcomes

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

Total

101

9

97

64

25

17

313


 

Volunteers

With in-shelter volunteer activities suspended due to COVID-19, all volunteer hours in August were recorded by transport volunteers, and foster volunteers- whose total hourly contribution 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

4,155*

Foster: Dogs and Puppies

1,083*

Foster: Small Animals

357*

Transport

13

Total

5,608

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 low cost services, volunteer opportunities, and regional news.

Page Category

Page Views

Adoptable Pets

47,112

Lost & Found Pet Resources

45,424

Licensing Resources

10,513

News & Updates

10,578

Home Page Visits

28,813

Other Pages

60,303

Total

202,743

Field Services

Field Services officers continued to respond to the urgent needs of community members and their pets, investigate cases of potential cruelty or neglect, and pick up stray animals at large.

Dispatch Category

Count

Percentage

Deceased Animal Pickup

167

21%

Stray Animal

84

11%

Suspected Cruelty / Neglect

230

29%

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

75

10%

Bite Investigation

75

10%

Loose nuisance animal

9

1%

Injured Animal

36

5%

Abandoned Animal

20

3%

Animal Placed in Protective Custody

15

2%

Other

69

9%

Total

780

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 2,694 total licenses in August.

License Type

Cats

Dogs

Total

New Licenses

860

1667

2527

Renewed Licenses

41

126

167

Total

901

1793

2694