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Multnomah County opens animal shelter in Portland

The Multnomah County Animal Services shelter may be in Troutdale, but it serves the entire county, including Portland, the state’s largest city.

However, Napoleon Hodgers, the shelter’s outreach coordinator, said about 85 percent of animal adoptions at the center come from residents around East Multnomah County.

“(We) had the idea if they won’t come to us, we’ll go to them,” Hodgers said.

To reach a wider audience, the shelter started a pilot project opening additional, smaller shelters around the metro area. The first satellite is a cat-only adoption center at 2914 N. Lombard St.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES - The new Multnomah County Animal Services facility in North Portland will test the waters for further expansion into the metro area form the main Troutdale shelter location.

“We’re starting small,” Hodgers said. “We’re very ambitious, but we’re starting small.”

The shelter will host about five cats at a time, and only open its doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But if the space is successful, Hodgers is optimistic MCAS will open additional shelters.

“(We’ll start with) a small dog shelter, then hopefully go further for a mixed pet shelter in the Portland metro area,” he said.

As with the main Troutdale location, the new shelter will rely on volunteer support.

“We want to keep this space operational as much as possible,” Hodgers said. “We’ll have volunteers out here because no matter what, the care and comfort of the animals is our priority.”

Because the space is significantly smaller than the Troutdale shelter, animal drop-offs will not be accepted, but partnership with a nearby veterinary clinic should help the mission. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES - The new North Lombard location will house five cats at a time, ideally providing easier access to future pet owners living in Portland.

“Even though they can’t bring pets to this building physically, we have a reciprocal agreement with a veterinary clinic right down the block. Someone from the (Troutdale) shelter will come out and pick (the pet) up,” he said. “We are just a little bit more restricted as far as what we can actually do.”

With final details wrapping up, Hodgers is looking forward to the grand opening celebrations scheduled throughout the weekend of June 12.

“(We just want) to make sure people know we are here and have services available,” he said.

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