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Animal Shelter
Animal Shelter


Adopting a Pet 


Come see all the pets available for adoption at the shelter -- dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and rodents!

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Adoption Fees 


Dogs $125.00
Cats $100.00
Rabbits $25.00
Birds $25.00
Exotics $25.00
Rodents  $10.00


Adoption Process.

Our adoption process is designed to ensure the best match for both you and your new pet.  You must be at least 21 years old to adopt a pet. We ask that everyone in the household come to meet the pet and we require proof that you can have a pet where you live.  This can be a copy of a lease indicating that you may have a cat or dog, or any document indicating home ownership such as a mortgage statement. 

There is a simple adoption application to complete which will help us advise and prepare you for your new pet.  If you are adopting a dog and have another dog(s) already, we ask that you bring them to meet the dog you would like to adopt.  We offer home adoption counseling visits for any of our dogs and may require it for some dogs. 

In the event that more than one interested party wants to adopt an animal on the morning it becomes available, we enter the names of qualified adopters into a random drawing.  Please note, the adopter must be physically present at the shelter, and be deemed a fit home for adoption. For those individuals coming to our shelter from out of town to adopt a specific animal, we suggest calling the shelter prior to starting your trip, to confirm that the animal is still available for adoption.

All cats and dogs adopted from the shelter will be neutered or spayed, vaccinated and microchipped before going home as your new pet.  If the animal is spayed or neutered at the time of adoption, it can leave the same day.  If the animal is not yet spayed or neutered, you can pick up your new pet the day after surgery. 

THE BACS 60/6/60 PLAN        If you’re sixty or over, and you adopt an animal who is 6 or over, you’ll get a 60% discount on the adoption fee.


For information about low-cost veterinary clinics and our Low Cost Spay & Neuter Voucher Program program, please call the shelter at (510) 981-6600.

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Animal Shelter, 1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-6600
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903