Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Multnomah County Animal Services.

We are currently recruiting fosters for:

Dogs with behavior needs - it could be mean various things such as kennel stress, fearful dogs, and jumpy-mouthy.  Homes with no other pets are especially encouraged to apply! 

Kittens: Neonates and bottle babies. Must have dedicated separate space for kittens that is easily sanitized (i.e. no carpet).

MCAS requires that volunteers license their cats and dogs according to county ordinance and that the primary caregiver for the foster animal is over the age of 18.

If your animals are not currently licensed please visit to begin that process.

Please complete this form if you are interested in fostering dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits, birds, rodents, or farm animals. Foster volunteers take animals in to their homes to provide a temporary, loving, caring, healthy, and safe environment for shelter animals.

The MCAS Foster Pet Program provides temporary care for adoptable animals with special needs that cannot be easily met at the shelter. Foster homes also serve as a way to learn more information about animals before determining their adoptability. Most animals that need to be fostered have additional medical or behavioral challenges. This could be an adult cat or dog recovering from a medical procedure, an animal that is being treated for an illness, has a terminal illness, or is in need of behavior modification. Neonate kittens that need to be bottle fed, moms and kittens, and other specialties are also included.

Once you complete this form you will receive an email with a link to a foster survey, training video, and quiz. 

*The number of animals needing to be fostered fluctuates.

Name and address


If someone else in your home will also be responsible for caring for foster animals please provide their information below.

Email Preferences

Please deselect any categories that you would not like to receive emails about.

Please note that urgent notices should always be selected due to the nature of needing to relay time sensitive information such as shelter closures or emergency updates.

Emergency Contact

Please provide contact information for a person that can be notified in the event of an emergency.

I acknowledge that ...

*All volunteers are required to follow all MCAS procedures related to caring for foster animals. MCAS reserves the right to check on foster placements as needed and requires that volunteers comply with all MCAS directives.

*I understand that submitting this application does not guarantee that I will be accepted as an approved foster care provider. Foster eligibility will be reviewed once all materials have been submitted (application, foster survey, foster agreement) and a local check of animal welfare records has been conducted. The Volunteer Coordinator will notify applicants of their status.

***I verify that I am over 18 years old.