September 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 September 2020.


Summary

During September 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

81

5

46

52

10

11

205

Owner Surrenders

8

0

4

1

0

0

13

Other Intakes

26

1

11

11

1

2

52

Total Live Intake

115

6

61

64

11

13

270

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 920 vaccinations, including rabies, DA2PP and Bordetella for dogs and puppies, and FVRCP for cats and kittens.

They provided 1,234 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

275

604

255

58

42

1,234

Spay & Neuter Surgeries

27

9

25

1

3

65

Medications Administered

12

11

10

1

1

35

Tests & Diagnostics

30

95

18

5

1

149

Vaccinations

249

190

434

47

0

920

Other Vet Treatments

268

716

243

96

26

1,349

Fostered Animals

In September 2020, ninety-two (92) animals entered foster care, joining the existing one-hundred and twenty-five (125) 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 two-hundred and seventeen (217) 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

5

41

46

Kittens

60

51

111

Dogs

12

14

26

Puppies

10

15

25

Other

5

4

9

Total

92

125

217

Animal Outcomes

In September 2020, six animals (2.2%) were adopted. Due to COVID-19 physical distancing recommendations, adoptions at the Troutdale shelter remained suspended for the majority of the month. Adoptions were performed from community adoption partners, foster homes, and in a virtual adoptions pilot program.

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

Fifty-two percent (52%) of animals were transferred to another agency, including Oregon Humane Society and Cat Adoption Team.

Twelve percent (11.6%) 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 (0.7%) of animals were returned to the field at the location they were found, including two community cats.

One animal (0.3%), a kitten, had an unassisted death, in a case of failure to thrive.
 

Outcome Type

Dog

Puppy

Cat

Kitten

Wildlife

Other

Total

Adopted

5

0

1

0

0

0

6

Reclaimed/returned to owner

77

2

12

1

0

0

92

Transferred to another agency

22

8

51

53

1

9

144

Euthanized

12

0

9

0

9

2

32

Return to field

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

Unassisted death

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Other outcomes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

116

10

75

55

10

11

277

Volunteers

With in-shelter volunteer activities suspended due to COVID-19, all volunteer hours in September were recorded by foster and transport volunteers.

*The total hourly contribution for all foster volunteers 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

4,677

Foster: Dogs and Puppies

1,989

Foster: Other

291

Transport

5

Total

6,962

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

32,716

Lost & Found Pets

71,898

Home Page Visits

25,396

Licensing Resources

15,765

News & Updates

4,643

Low-Cost Services

4,001

Kitten Resources

4,137

Field Services

2,214

Volunteering

1,789

Other Pages

16,814

Total

179,373

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

133

23%

Stray Animal

79

14%

Suspected Cruelty / Neglect

116

20%

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

61

11%

Bite Investigation

56

10%

Loose nuisance animal

14

2%

Injured Animal

26

4%

Abandoned Animal

15

3%

Animal Placed in Protective Custody

28

5%

Other

51

9%

Total

579

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 2,568 total licenses in September.

License Type

Cats

Dogs

Total

New Licenses

824

1636

2460

Renewed Licenses

18

90

108

Total

842

1726

2568