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Overcrowded animal shelter seeking public's help

The Multnomah County Animal Shelter is overflowing with animals and urgently seeking the public’s help adopting or fostering animals for a short period of time in their home.

As the region’s only open-door shelter that accepts all stray animal, the shelter is at 105% capacity. In just one week, the shelter received 112 cats alone.

Shelter officials say the influx is further complicated by “Kitten Season” beginning in late spring and ending in early autumn. During that time feral cats and cats that are not spayed reproduce prolifically. As many as 30 cats may be brought into a shelter a day.

In response, throughout the month of August, the shelter is offering a discount on adoptions with its “Pretty in pink” adoption special. All shelter pets designated with the color pink can be adopted for just the cost of a license fee. That's $25 for dogs and $12 for cats.

The shelter is located at 1700 West Historic Columbia Highway in Troutdale.

Even if you can't adopt right now, shelter officials say there are other ways to help, especially with the community’s cats:

• If you find a cat, you can try to find its owner by listing it on our Lost/Found page, posting flyers, and using Craigslist.   

• Also consider “re-homing” your cat by connecting with friends and family through Facebook to find them a new home.

• Consider the trap/neuter/return option for feral cats. 

• And help by being a foster owner for a cat or donating canned or dry cat/kitten food to the shelter.

Also, with temperatures expected in the 90’s in the Willamette Valley this week, Multnomah County Animal Services is advising the public to never leave pet inside your car. On hot days, temperatures inside cars can reach up to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even in the shade. If you do see an animal alone inside a car and the owner does not return promptly, alert Multnomah County Animal Services.

As temperatures soar, it’s recommend to avoid taking animals outside during the day instead try to take pets out early in the morning or late in the evening.