Ways to Help
- Each donation of $28 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 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.
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.