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Friends of Multnomah County Shelter Animals (FMCSA) is a private non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for projects that enrich the lives of shelter animals.

Our mission: Recognizing the profound effect animals have on our lives, the Friends of Multnomah County Shelter Animals (FMCSA) is committed to assuring companion animals safe haven, basic veterinary attention, compassionate care, a return to their families and new, loving homes for homeless dogs and cats. We educate the community on responsible pet ownership and the positive work performed by the Multnomah County Animal Services.


During the past decade, Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) was able to reach a Live Release Rate of over 92% for BOTH dogs and cats. As an “open-admission” shelter--one in which no animal is turned away--this is an incredible feat, placing it on at least one Top 10 list of No-Kill animal shelters in the United States.

No agency makes these kinds of gains in a vacuum and we are proud that Friends of Multnomah County Shelter Animals (FMCSA) played a significant role in supporting the shelter as it took on the ambitious task of raising its Live Release Rate. Among other projects, FMCSA provided adoption incentives before the idea was common; it supplied dog kennel enrichment items; and it funded larger, more humane cat cages. One of the original Board Members, Jan Cook, heroically advocated for cats at a time when more than half of all cats coming into the facility were being euthanized. When the shelter sought support for new programs to save animal’s lives, FMCSA often funded the pilot program.

FMCSA has been supporting MCAS through good times and bad for more than 30 years, giving a governmental shelter added flexibility to try things they would otherwise be unable to try (or fund). Now that the Live Release Rate at MCAS has stabilized at “no-kill” levels, it is as important as ever to continue to fundraise and support new programs for the “difficult to adopt” dogs and cats at the the shelter.