Progressive shelter practices at Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) resulted in saving over 96 percent of dogs, and 92 percent of cats, the highest live-release rate in the history of the agency.
In 2016, MCAS reunited more pets with their owners, found more homes for adoptable pets, and transferred more animals to community partners for adoption than ever before.
Dramatic change came through developing progressive shelter practices, and working with our regional partners in the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), which conducts low-cost and free spay & neuter campaigns, and achieved a live-release rate of over 93 percent for animals community-wide in 2016. MCAS employs caring staff to treat and rehabilitate animals, including Feline Specialist Karen McGill, and Canine Specialist Andrew Mathias. Nearly 500 volunteers serve as foster homes, dog walkers, cat socializers, outreach volunteers, and adoption assistants. The progressive practices of MCAS today are highly visible in the big picture of published data and reports, and in the every-day stories of pets in our care. There are senior cats like Bill Purray with low adoption fees fees which include normally costly dental cleanings and extractions. There are dogs like Thor in behavior modification plans for months before adoption.
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The Asilomar Accords were developed in 2004 to provide a uniform method for collecting and reporting animal shelter data. This method assigns each animal, upon admission to the shelter, a condition status of either “healthy”, “treatable”, or “unhealthy/untreatable”, known as a Pet Evaluation Matrix (PEM). Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) assigns these categories to animals in its care according to uniform community standards set by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), of which MCAS is a member.
- Total Adoptions: All animals adopted from the agency or it's outreach locations.
- Total Outgoing Tranfers to Organizations within target community: This includes all animals transfered to organizations in our local coalition, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP).
- Total Outgoing Tranfers to Organizations outside target community: This includes all animals transfered to organizations outside our local coalition, including shelters and rescues in other Oregon or Washington cities.
- Return to Owner / Guardian: All animals found stray and reunited with their owners through licensing, microchipping, or searches in our lost & found directories.
- Return to Habitat: All animals returned to the location where they were found. This category is exclusively used for cats trapped, neutered, and returned (TNR) through the Action Cat Team (ACT).
- Adjusted Total Euthanasia: All animals humanely euthanized, subtracting unhealthy and untreatable animals euthanized at the request of their owners or guardians.
- Live Outcomes: Animals who leave a shelter alive through adoption, return to owner, transfer to another organization for adoption, or any other lifesaving program
- Live-Release Rate: What percentage of animals admitted to the shelter had live outcomes, and therefore were not euthanized
- Live-Release Rate Formula: (All Live Outcomes) Divided by (All Outcomes minus Owner Requested Euthanasias)