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



*** Please note that while we are currently unable to conduct adoptions from foster homes. The animals that go into foster homes will be temporarily cared for by our foster care providers until we arrange to have the animal transferred to a partner agency that is conducting adoptions. This means that our current animals will not be available for adoption by either the foster care provider or their family and friends.



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



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.


There are a number of steps in this application process. Once you complete this form you will receive an email with a link to a foster survey to find out what kind of animals you would like to foster and what animal needs (medical or behavioral) you are willing and able to provide for, in addition to learning more about your home, children, and current pets. Please complete the foster survey as soon as possible.




*The number of animals needing to be fostered fluctuates.



Name and address


Co-applicant

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




Why are you interested in fostering?


Describe your experience working with animals


Do you have access to reliable transportation?

Foster volunteers are responsible for transporting animals, as needed, to the shelter for routine or emergent medical care, potential adoption events, or other foster related events.



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.