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 states largest city.
However, Napoleon Hodgers, the shelters 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 wont come to us, well 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.
Were starting small, Hodgers said. Were very ambitious, but were 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.
(Well 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. Well 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.
Even though they cant 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.