Cars for Kittens

Kitten driving a car

Shopping for a new car, or looking to get that old clunker off your property?  You can donate your vehicle to support the lifesaving Kitten Triage program at MCAS.

Donate through Volunteers of America and Friends of the Shelter Foundation to help.  Remember to put "Cars for Kittens" in the comment box when donating!



About the Kitten Triage Project

The Kitten Triage Project was started in 2013 to save the lives of hundreds of kittens brought to MCAS each year. In 2013, MCAS repurposed a mobile hospital trailer into a space where kittens were provided with short-term medical care, and we have been saving unweaned, sick and feral kittens--along with the healthy ones--ever since.


Read the Story of Pete, Parker, and Punky- kittens saved by the Kitten Triage Program


Staff member Jackie V. and volunteers triage incoming kittens to ensure they receive immediate attention, including referral for medical care, if needed.  The kittens are then kept in the Kitten Trailer--away from the rest of the shelter animals--until they are sent to foster homes or scheduled for spay & neuter surgery and adoption. Many kittens are medically fragile and require timely medication. The Kitten Triage program saves lives by making sure the needs of each kitten are met, and every one has a place to go.

Before the Kitten Triage Project, nearly a third of kittens coming into the shelter were humanely euthanized because the shelter lacked the resources to provide immediate, one-on-one care for these fragile babies. Now, however, the kitten live-release rate jumped to 93.6 percent in 2013 and has remained there or higher as result of the Kitten Triage Project. The live-release rate for all cats at Multnomah County Animal Services was 92.5% in 2016.

  • Each donation of $27.50 will provide medicine and vaccines for one kitten.
  • Each $50 donation will cover the cost of medicine, vaccines and staff care for one kitten.
  • One donated vehicle could save the lives of dozens of kittens.



About the Vehicle Donation Program

Multnomah County Animal Services benefits from vehicles donated to Friends of the Shelter through the Volunteers of America Vehicle Donation Program.  Fill out an online form with details of your vehicle, and a representative from Volunteers of America will contact you to arrange title signing, vehicle towing, and donation receipting.  All types and conditions of vehicles, trailors, boats and RVs are accepted.  Vehicles do not need to be in running condition, but they must be complete with intact drive train and tires.

Volunteers of America (VOA) handles all the paperwork and sells the vehicle. Friends of the Shelter Foundation receives 60 percent of the net sale proceeds, which they donate directly to Multnomah County Animal Services. VOA retains 40 percent of the net sale proceeds.  Remember to put "Cars for Kittens" in the comment box when donating for your vehicle donation to benefit the Kitten Triage program!

As of August 2017, supporters have raised $2,406 for the Kitten Triage Program by donating their vehicles.  Thank you for your generous support!