How to Adopt

How to Adopt

What to Expect When You’re Adopting

Our adoption process is both simple and straightforward, and our goal is to ensure you and your new pet are a good match for one another.

In Order to Help Us Find Your Perfect Pet, Please Come Prepared to

  • Spend adequate time getting to know the animal.
  • Be certain pets are allowed in your home or apartment.
  • Be a responsible pet owner.
  • Bring your existing dog(s) if you are adopting another one.
  • We recommend any and all family members or other members of your household come with you, in order to finalize an adoption.
  • Be willing to give your new pet a permanent home.
  • Show your Driver’s License, California ID card, or other photo identification (you must be 18 years old).
  • Complete an Adoption Application. You can save time by completing the appropreiate application below ahead of time.
  • Be able to pay our adoption fees. Our fees can only be paid by credit card or cash. We do not accept checks.
  • Spend enough time to complete the Adoption Process. The paperwork itself takes about 15 minutes, but the adoption process could last up to 1-2 hours depending on the animal you wish to take home.

Please note: We stop processing adoptions at 5:30 pm at both Oakland and Dublin locations.


Every East Bay SPCA Adoption Includes

    • Spay/Neuter
    • Initial Vaccines
    • Microchip & Registration
    • Roundworm and Flea Treatment
    • Temporary Leash and Collar or Cardboard Cat Carrier
    • Discounted Dog Training Classes


Adoption Holds

A 24-hour hold can be placed on adoptable animals to allow for pet-to-pet introductions, and/or to allow other household members to meet the pet. A hold can only be placed after a member of the household has visited with the animal in person. We can not take holds over phone or email. If the hold results in an adoption, the $25.00 hold fee is applied to the adoption fee. Otherwise, the hold fee is non-refundable and treated as a donation.

Adoption Fees

Cat: $50
Kitten: $90
Dog: $125
Puppy: $165

Club Second Chance / Senior Cat: $25
Club Second Chance / Senior Dog: $50

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Our shelters are open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 6 PM. Learn about our adoption process and complete an application.

They Need Your Help

Pay it forward: Shelter animals cost us an average of five times their adoption fees but your donation today will help fund their food, shelter and care.

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Where to Find us


Adoption Center & Theodore B. Travers
Family Veterinary Clinic

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11am - 6pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours
Monday - Saturday
(by appointment)

Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center

410 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621

Surgery Center Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
(by appointment)


Adoption Center & Spay Neuter Clinic

4651 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11am - 6pm
Spay/Neuter Clinic Hours
Wednesday - Thursday
(by appointment)


GuideStar Platinum Charity

We are a non-profit organization that has obtained a four star rating from Charity Navigator and participates in GuideStar Exchange at the Platinum level. The East Bay SPCA's Tax ID number is 94-1322202.

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Welcome to the East Bay SPCA, celebrating 140 years of saving lives in the East Bay. Contact Us for questions and services.