Happy Tails

And They Lived Happily Ever After

The animals in our care vary in color, shape, size and background. Each of their stories is just as unique. What they have in common is a chance to find happiness, and security of a loving home. We couldn’t be more grateful to you for adopting your dog or cat from us. We invite you to share your East Bay SPCA dog or cat’s happy ending with our online community.

Happy Tails are randomly chosen to be posted monthly on our website, weekly on Facebook and Twitter, and in other communications. We appreciate all of your precious stories! Stay tuned and watch for your Happy Tail story!

Miss Piggy


It was August 18, 2018, National Clear the Shelter Day. Although I had no idea what that meant, I was on a search for a small pup, a cuddle buddy, and I went home with a 52 lb. American bulldog. Miss Piggy was so shy and scared. She wasn’t very fond of humans (men in particular) & seemed to have very little interest in other dogs. Fast forward to today she absolutely loves all other dogs and has gotten used to select humans but still has a very sweet demeanor. We did a DNA test and this month she will be turning two. I may have not gotten the little cuddle dog I was expecting; I got a big cuddle dog and could not be more happy. Miss Piggy’s stay at Dublin SPCA was short but she appreciates all the good care she got there!



Starla was adopted on May 11, 2019. She has been renamed Tempe and is a great addition to the family! We drove up from Southern California to get her and, after a long drive home, she settled into life in our home perfectly. She has become more relaxed around the house and is learning her neighborhood so she feels comfortable going on walks a couple times a day. She loves her fur-siblings and also loves her human family and follows us around the house to be part of what we are doing. Tempe is a very sweet girl and quickly became the favorite because of her sweet nature and calm temper. We are so happy we adopted her!

Kiki Baby


I adopted my Kiki Baby, formerly know as Elsa almost 3 weeks ago now. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She is the sweetest thing and very friendly to everyone she encounters. The shelter labeled her as a shy kitty but I find her to be very outgoing. I went to the shelter look for a male cat about her age but when I saw her I was in love. She has the prettiest blue eyes and the softest most beautiful fur. I can’t wait to get her a friend to play with once I feel we are both ready for that. I want to thank the shelter so much for taking care of her and making me her forever mommy!



Baylee (formerly Josie) has been such a delight and we are so happy that she is a part of our family. We cannot see it any other way now!

I’d like to share our story and would be open to having it shared because it really changed us!

We had considered buying a puppy from a breeder for a long time (reputable one- I always do extensive research and work with the local breed club!). Our first dog was purchased from a show dog breeder. To be honest I will never purchase another dog, being from a reputable breeder or not.

On a random Friday, my fiancée and I started sharing different shelter dogs back and forth. I saw Baylee (josie) on your site and her description sounded like the perfect match for our current dog. I felt compelled to go see her ASAP. We fought traffic and when we got there we fell in love. There was no turning back!

In the process of waiting for a litter of puppies, we kept talking about adoption.  Something was really nagging on me in my heart about it. It was almost like a sign. There are so many dogs that need homes and are far too often overlooked because they aren’t a pure bred or have a definitive “title” as to what they “are”. Also, too often shelter dogs are over looked as having mental or physical issues. Which is completely false! Any dog could potentially have issues. Adopting Baylee has inspired us to become more involved in animal rescue. We have already started putting together a donation for things on your shelter “wish list”. Baylee has inspired our family to be more compassionate and to really advocate adoption over buying a puppy.

Everyone at East Bay SPCA is so friendly, kind and truly cares about the animals. I cannot speak more highly of your organization and the adoption process.

I know this was a bit of a lengthy email, I really wanted to explain how much Baylee and adopting changed our lives for the better.



Hi, I adopted Oliver (formerly Pookie) on December 15th 2018. Thank you East Bay SPCA for rescuing him and introducing us! Oliver is such a sweet and sometimes quirky little guy. He loves every human and dog he meets! He loves to eat and no matter where he is in the house, he will run into the kitchen whenever he hears someone opening the fridge or cabinets. His favorite snacks are cucumbers, frozen papaya, pineapple, banana and peanut butter. He loves to go out for walks and long snoozes after. He has 3 beds placed in different locations throughout the house but prefers my or my son’s bed. He has also taken over one of our couches! He does not like bicycles or loud noises and absolutely hates puddles. He will walk around them if he can or over them on his tippy paws. It’s hilarious to see! We love this little guy so much and are so happy he came into our lives.



My boyfriend and I came to the East Bay SPCA in Oakland just to ask questions and look around in preparation for adopting at some point in the near future when this big little boy stole our hearts!

His name is now Raja but when we met him his name was King. He had just lost a tooth and was one day into recovering from being neutered, but still had the most sweet and joyful nature!

This king of a goofball at 4 months and 42lbs has stolen our hearts and we can not thank the staff of the East Bay SPCA enough for helping us find our forever furry friend!



Our dog, Ripley, passed away on July 6th. We thought we would wait a year before our meeting next furry friend. Little did we know, these decisions are far from time based. 

After kiddingly posting a dating ad on Facebook for Sara, my first fur baby, a friend mentioned a dog at the East Bay SPCA that may be a good fit for our family. Of course, I laughed and said we weren’t looking but followed up with a million questions and scrolled through every picture of him. I casually mentioned Oscar to my husband and we agreed to meet him when we were at the Oakland facility for another event in the near future.

At the East Bay SPCA, Oscar strolled out to meet us – he was a perfect gentleman on leash, had a loveable under bite, sat for pets and snuggles and kissed like he had found his new family. He hadn’t been neutered yet, so we agreed he was a good boy and went home. Days passed and when he was available for adoption it required no discussion. He was coming home.

As Oscar settled in, we noticed that although he was his own, unique, good boy, we saw glimpses of our Ripley. They both had this subtle yet hilarious dance while I prepared their meals. They were both lap dogs, Oscar tipping the scales at 80 pounds. They both were happy to be dogs and looked at us often with that adorable smile only pit/ pit mixes have. I knew our Ripley filled the dog sized hole in our hearts with a new friend who needed a family.

He has brought so much to our home, including getting our older Sara Dog to play with toys and show her puppy spirit as her body ages. He laid his big ole head on my lap while I mourned the loss of my Henrietta kitty. Day to day, he greets me with a melt-your-heart smile, tail wags and more love than I dreamed of.



We found Russell at the Oakland SPCA in November of 2016. We were looking for a dog, and didn’t connect with any, so were walking out the door. The associate at the desk asked us what type of dog we were looking for, and she directed us to Russell. We took him for a walk, and he was a total champ…and came home with us that day.

Russell is SO social, we swear that his perfect career would be as a Walmart Greeter. He gets along with other dogs, cats and any person he encounters.

He is at a whopping 92 lbs, loves “all the walkies”, and is incredibly affectionate.

He minds well (with a bit of a stubborn streak), has no interest in toys of any kind, gets severe car sickness (we want to take him with us, but can’t) and has a VERY distinct, playful personality.

He is SO dreamy and has changed our lives for the better.

Thank you Oakland SPCA for helping us find Russell, and helping him find his forever home.

Princess Marie


I found Princess Diva when she was 3 months old two weeks new to Oakland SPCA in February 2016. I was looking for a small dog to love and spoiled. When I turned the corner and saw “Karen”, I knew she was the one. We bonded for the first time our eyes locked. She was so tiny, withdrawn and afraid. Now Princess is the live of the party and the neighborhood kids. She brings so much joy and love to everyone she encounters including my 1 1/2 year old grandson.

Gina Marie


We adopted Gina Marie June 2nd We had forgotten what a challenge adopting a kitten is. They take a lot of work, but they have so much love to give 💜Gina just turned 8 months old And we love her to pieces she’s a big cuddle bug and still a lot of fun. She plays catch and taught herself how to fetch. She is the best!

Pumpkin (Guava)


I went to the Dublin location knowing I looking for an oder cat to be my companion. I slowly went through the cat section when suddenly I saw 3 year old Guava. I asked to enter her enclosure and there was an immediate connection between us.

So, I adopted my Pumpkin (Guava) on 7/26/2015, my birthday. She was shy, but that was ok. Over the years, she became my loving companion. She would head butt my chin so I knew to give her kisses on top of her head.

In June of 2018 she was diagnosed with cancer. It was an aggressive cancer and her prognosis was 2-4 months, but she was a fighter. She held on for 5 months giving love and accepting love everyday.

We miss her and always will. Am I ready for another, no, not yet. But one day I will open my heart to another.

Haskell (Trigato)


We adopted Haskell (formerly Trigato) over a year ago. My husband got my first cat a few months earlier and I needed another kitty in my life. I had no intention of getting a 3 legged cat but this little guy jumped up on my lap and started affectionately head butting me an I didn’t have a choice. I was surprised that he can do basically all the cat things with just 3 legs.
He is so adorable it hurts. He purrs and meows. So cuddly when he is in the mood. He has this adorable little barrel roll that is so cute. And he has so much personality and is very entertaining.
We had a hard transition initially where our cats didn’t get along for several months and had to be separated but now they coexist and I am really glad we trusted that it would work.

Napualani Hauoli Pohaku. (fka Gaia). Pua for short


We adopted Napua from the Dublin EBSPCA
and she is one happy girl! She has adjusted to her new forever home and getting along with her brother, Boomer, a mini aussie. She is a real love bug and she is doing well on leash, going on walks. We are so glad we found her and she all that we could have asked for in companion and addition to our family!



In 2015, my husband and I visited the Oakland SPCA to meet a cat we had seen on the website. We met the cat, but did not feel a real connection, so we decided to leave and come back another day. On the way out, we casually peered through the other cat rooms and that is when we saw Sasha. We did not officially meet Sasha, we simply paused to admire her through the glass and then made our way back to our car. We left empty-handed because we decided that maybe we should not get any more cats, since we already had one at home. But days later, I found myself thinking about Sasha. So we returned the next weekend only to discover Sasha had a respiratory infection and was not on the adoption floor. We figured it was a sign that we really did NOT need another cat, so we left. Another week went by and once again I could not stop thinking of Sasha’s cute face (she is a tabby and at the time she was about 16lbs). A couple of weeks later, I called the SPCA and found that Sasha had been transferred to the Dublin location and was still available for adoption. My husband and I drove to Dublin that weekend and officially adopted Sasha. It has been 3 years, and I still love telling the story of how Sasha came into our lives. And although she is not friends with our other cat, the two manage to tolerate each other. I am also happy to report that Sasha just celebrated her 7th birthday and has lost 6 lbs in total!



We adopted Ollie (formerly Salem) from the East Bay SPCA in Oakland on 1/27/18 and he’s been our best friend ever since! He’s always up for a snuggle when he’s not keeping tabs on everything going on outside the window or taking a relaxing nap. He even greets us at the door when we come home from work! Thanks for helping us pick the perfect cat for us. We couldn’t image life without him!



I adopted Sierra from the Dublin shelter in June 2003. She has been my best friend over the past 15 years. She survived cancer in 2016 and still enjoys her morning walks and daily treats for taking her pills. She sleeps more now, but still spends every night on the bed with me. I will forever be grateful that the East Bay SPCA brought the two of us together so long ago. The picture on the left is Sierra as a 7 month old puppy in 2003 and Sierra getting her laser treatment for arthritis as a 15 year old in 2018.

Titus (aka Clifford)


I thank God for adopting Titus with my husband Timothy last year on December 7. He was an answered prayer to be part of our family. Titus, aka “Clifford” then, is a bundle of joy and goofiness we love to have in our life. We love him and he loves us back as well with his special personality. We take him to Church to worship every Sunday. He’s well behaved during the service. Titus loves walking at Lake Elizabeth. Who would have thought that this lil’ guy would love hiking Mission Peak. Titus is so energetic and full of curiosity. Thank you EBSPCA for blessing us to be Titus’ furry parents. 🙂



It was love at first sight! From the moment I saw Peaches on the East Bay SPCA’s website, I knew she was the one for me. There was something about her bright smile that told me to head over to Oakland and adopt her. Once I got there, she licked my face and I took that as a sign. Flash forward 17 months later, and life with Peaches has been absolutely amazing. She is so energetic and funny. My family and I love her to pieces. I had gotten her during a tough time in my life when I really needed some joy, and she has given me that and so much more. Thank you East Bay SPCA, for bringing this sweet bundle of joy into my life.

Jack (FKA Mater)


We are so happy to have “Mater” join our family (he’s pretty happy too!). He is such a sweet, loving, well adjusted little guy. Who would have known how handsome he was under all of that hair! What a great organization, thank you for everything you have done for him.



My current dog, Myli needed a forever friend to keep her company and play with her during the day. Koda seemed like the PERFECT fit! After a couple of small scuffles…these two have become inseparable since! Welcome to your forever Home Koda Bear 💙and thank you East Bay SPCA for helping Myli find her forever friend!

Matilda (FKA Nikki)


After finally deciding we wanted to adopt a dog, we visited the East Bay SPCA in Oakland. Everyone was extremely friendly and attentive to our questions, despite it being an unusually busy day. (It was black Friday, 2017).

We are a busy family, with two energetic young kids (2 and 5). We decided to ask which dog they thought would be a great fit for our family. They brought us to Nikki, a 5 year old Sharpei-Lab mix. Nikki was bigger than we thought we would like, but she fit right it. Her playful energy and happy demeanor complimented our children. She enjoyed playing fetch, and was just so happy to have attention! We knew right then she belonged with us.
In the months since bringing Matilda home, she has integrated seamlessly into our family. The kids love playing with her every day. Matilda enjoys playing at Point Isabel and going to Muir Beach.

We are very lucky to have found Matilda, and hope she feels the same!

Doc Pawliday


Doc Pawliday is purrfect for our family. She was labelled online as a “Sidekick” and she is just that! Tying your shoes? She’ll help! Playing guitar? Let’s jam! Need a cuddle buddy? She’s your gal! The process for picking her up was so quick and the staff was really helpful in choosing the right cat for us. They walked us through information on her health, and gave us a handy packet on how to take care of her. The drop-in vaccine clinic is a breeze. Luckily, our kitty is nice and healthy. Thanks EBSPCA for taking care of Doc until we could take her home!



I adopted Nikita (formerly Nike) in June when she was just 11 weeks old. I had seen her on the website and knew I had to meet her. I had a cat growing up whose name was Nike and he was my best friend, he lived until he was 22 and was unlike any cat I had or have ever met. When I got to the shelter I decided to meet a few of the other kittens first, because although the name spoke to me, it didn’t mean she was necessarily the right cat for my house. After playing with a few kittens, all of which I loved, I asked for Nike and as soon as she was brought into the room I Knew. She climbed right up me and ran around. There was no shyness. Now, almost 7 months later I couldn’t imagine life without her, she gets along great with my 2 year old cattle dog mix. I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s a dog – she wrestles and jumps all over any dog that comes in and sleeps with my dog Atticus every night.



Just before Christmas of 2007, we visited the East Bay SPCA in search of our first family dog. At the time, our oldest daughter (pictured) had just turned 10. We were just about to leave when one of the volunteers explained to us that there were more dogs outside, and that one in particular may be a perfect fit for our family. As we rounded the corner, she asked if I saw him. Of course I did. Standing there in an enclosure with several other dogs was our Vinnie.

We brought him home later that day and learned from our local vet that he was most likely around 3 months old-and this is how old he is in the first picture. Little Vinnie has been the greatest dog from day 1. At the time we had one cat, Buddy, who had been diagnosed with feline leukemia as a kitten. Vinnie was always very patient and settled for calmly licking Buddy’s ears, even when he really wanted to play. Vinnie also watched over our two daughters as if they were his own. He would come with us to pick them up for school; he’d stare out the window of the car watching every school kid pass until he spotted our daughters. Then he would go nuts until they got in the car!

Even in his old age (the second photo was taken Christmas 2017, a few months after Vinnie’s 10th birthday), Vinnie shows us his unending love. He is such a loyal dog; he’ll follow us anywhere and curls up next to us-especially when we’re sick or injured. He sleeps next to his mom and dad every night and is always welcome-even though his snoring has gotten louder! He loves playing with his brother Hulk, who we adopted from the SPCA in May of 2017. His golden retriever sister, Molly, is a little too large to play, but they enjoy going on walks together.

We could never thank Vinnie enough for being such a great dog. We are beyond lucky to have met him that day ten years ago, and we hope he’ll live another ten more! We love you, Little Vinnie!



I’m probably best known at the East Bay SPCA as a dog lover who has logged hundreds of miles jogging shelter dogs in the organization’s Jog-a-Dog canine exercise program every weekend, rain or shine, for the past handful of years. Perhaps a lesser known fact is that I also have a cat whom I dearly love.

His name is Freckles and I first learned of him when I saw his handsome photo that was taken by volunteer photographer, Heidi Eder/Right Brain for Hire, front and center on some marketing materials associated with the East Bay SPCA’s Adopt a Senior promotion that was running in November 2013.

He was a big boy with a beautiful orange coat and the cutest freckles on his nose. I had lost my previous senior cat to complications of diabetes and cancer the previous summer and was still quite overcome with sadness, yet there was something extra special about Freckles that I couldn’t shake. A look in his eyes that Heidi captured in the pictures she took. So, I decided that if he wasn’t adopted by Thanksgiving, I would drive to Oakland to meet him.

I checked the East Bay SPCA’s website everyday and continued to see his picture, so on November 22, 2013, I decided it was time to go meet him. He came home with me that day and is indeed a very special cat.

Thanksgiving is coming up next week, as is Freckles’ adoptiversary, and I’d like to say thank you to the East Bay SPCA for promoting Freckles and giving me the opportunity to meet him back in November 2013. He’s now 14 years old and I’m super thankful and lucky that he’s part of my family.

Thank you!

(Photo: Freckles enjoying outside time on his favorite lounge chair.)



Mary came home with me on July 27th, 2013 and she has been my rock ever since. She is so full of personality and love. My partner and I call her a “ham dog” half of the time because she is so wonderful she just demands attention from everyone in the room at all times.

She has been with me through three moves in the last 4 years and she couldn’t be a better sport. She adjusts so quickly to new environments and she does so with absolute grace.

Mary has taught my partner and I so much about ourselves and we desperately wish we could speak dog so we could tell her just how utterly grateful we are for her and the unconditional love she has shown us.

Who rescued who? 🙂

Pepper FKA Twix


Pepper is my first dog ever, and as a 3 month puppy, came home to two big sister cats. She came home anxious, worried and barking, and has grown into a much more confident and social puppy who tries to get belly rubs and lap time from anyone who will give them. She loves to play and go on adventures with her playgroup, and explore the neighborhood with me. She’s learning how to play with cats and when to leave them alone.

Pepper has done amazing in obedience and we are going through agility training as a hobby for her. She is so confident on the equipment even though she’s tiny, and loves to run up and down the A frame.

Pepper is the wriggliest, weirdest, kissiest, most loving puppy I could’ve ever asked for, and has brought so many smiles, laughs, and sighs of exasperation to my life.

Annie & Maggie


Last spring, I adopted two kittens named Annie and Maggie. They’re now almost one year old and sometimes they still try to fit into the same bed. They both love to play and cuddle! Adopting them has brought so much joy into my life. If you are considering getting a new pet, I definitely recommend adopting!



When we decided to add a dog to our family we were very careful. I have 2 boys and 1 daughter with extreme special needs. We needed a calm dog that understood the balance of our family. My son and I went thru the website and found “Lady”. I have to admit that it was her face that got my attention first. We went to the Dublin site only to find she had been transferred to Oakland. Road trip! We got there and met “Lady”. She was so calm. I was worried since she had so many scars on her, she was healing from an infection and she was nervous. She was a Mama dog and had obviously had puppies recently. Not to mention that she was a Pitbull (the stories you hear). There was something about her thou. We paid our deposit and spent a few hours with her. Due to medical issues we couldn’t bring her home. A few days later we came back to spend time with her. She was happier to see us this time and more open to laying with us. Finally we were able to take her home with us. During the ride home she just kept looking at me. I could tell she was scared. In those minutes I knew we, as a family, would never let this dog fear anything again. It was our job to make her happy. She deserved it.

Lady is terrified of lawn mowers. When we mow? Lady comes inside and watches cartoons. She loves playing with our 2 other cats and ignores the chickens that roam in the backyard. My daughter will lay beside her and lift up her lips, pet her, hug her, pull a toy from her. Those pit bull stories you hear? I’m happy to say that Lady has put those to shame. She has never once growled or shown anger with anyone in our family. Once my daughter found the front door open and she started to step out of the house. Lady immediately got up and placed herself between the door and my daughter so my daughter couldn’t leave. She kept her safe. Lady has a home with us forever and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving her for us.



We came to the SPCA during the summer of 2016.The first dog we looked at was Henna.She is a american pit bull terrier that was about 6 months old when we adopted her.She was sweet and full of energy.Henna had kennel cough which recovered from quickly.We also then found out that one of her knee caps were slightly dislocated,but as she grew that fixed its self.Henna was so playful and was a perfect fit for our family with 3 kids.We knew that she was the dog for us and took her home.She has been a great addition to the family and makes all happy everyday!



We adopted Hulk on May 27, 2017. He greeted us with a wagging tail that day, and he hasn’t stopped since! His bright and loving personality shines through every day when he greets us, waiting for his yummy breakfast. Hulk enjoys taking walks through the neighborhood, playing with his brother, Vinnie, and cuddling with his favorite toy, Mr. Duck, at bedtime. Since arriving at his new home, we have had the pleasure of seeing even more of his wonderful personality. He never ceases to amaze us; he’ll play for hours and hours and he never disappoints anyone who’s looking to snuggle. He may be a smaller dog, but he definitely has one of the biggest hearts we’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to see what the years will bring! We love you, Hulk!



My husband and I adopted Americano on March 25, 2017. We changed her name to Bella…within the hour, she was right at home. She is a happy, loving, hilarious kitty and has brought us so much joy! We couldn’t be happier. It’s hard to imagine life without her. Thank you, East Bay SPCA for our new best friend!



We adopted Oscar almost two months ago (formerly known as Armando) and recently took him for his first out-of-town weekend with us to Russian River. Oscar is a silly and friendly boy who loves every new experience with an unbridled enthusiasm: from redwood hikes and cabin life to daycare socials and even cats! He is finishing up a training course and making good progress adjusting to his new life with us

Red and Andy


We wandered into the Dublin SPCA intending to take a cat home and somehow ended up with two. Whoops! We knew we had found our cat when we sat down in their room and Andy promptly trotted over and curled himself up in my lap. He then continued to do so each time we came back. At first we were a bit apprehensive about adopting two cats since he could only be adopted with his pair bonded brother, but two months later, I can safely say we have zero regrets. These two delightful little snugglebugs have brought so much joy into our lives. We’re greeted with head butts at the door each evening when we get home from work, wake up to early morning cuddles, and are endlessly entertained with their antics and mischief. Their two very distinct personalities have really blossomed since we brought them home. Whether they’re sitting on my desk/lap while I work, curled up on the sofa with us while we watch a movie, or hanging out on some dining room chairs while we eat, their presence seems to make everything a little better. I’m pretty sure these two have completely conquered our home as we’ve recently installed a 6 ft tall cat condo, currently have a living room littered with cat toys, and both have phones that are 90% cat pictures. I can’t understand how anyone could’ve given up two such loving cats, but I’m glad they’re part of our lives. Thanks SPCA for bringing our little family together



My fiancé and I adopted our pit bull puppy, Mocha(fka hubba bubba) on December 4th, 2016. We adopted him at 2 months, now he’s 5 months old! He’s honestly such an amazing puppy, we love him soso much! he’s doing so well & gets along well with all his fur siblings. We also took a dna test & it turns out that him & all his other 8 siblings are all purebred staffordshire terriers! We’re so thankful to have found him, he’s changed our lives so much & always puts a smile on our faces. He also has his own instagram page! (mocha_fawnstaffy).

Pascal and Bobber


I was in need of an ESA but I wasn’t allowed a dog so I went all over searching for a new baby kitten to join me through my adventures. We ended up at the East Bay SPCA and there were these three adorable orange kittens and one already being adopted. We put the remaining two in the big room with my mom, brother, and I and Julien immediately crawled in my lap and I knew he was the one, Bubbles was jumping like a crazy person and my brother instantly fell in love and we knew we couldn’t separate them.

Almost 2 years later and I ended up taking both of them because we really couldn’t separate them! julien, now Pascal screams if he can’t find his sister and B as well. They’re both with me in Georgia and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. Pascal is an ESA and B is just there for the fluff. What was supposed to be two small short haired cats turned into two 20lb fluffy maincoon cats who are 1/2 fluff 1/2 alarm clock for food. I love these two more than anything. That’s my brother holding both of them



I adopted luna about 8 months ago. She was 7 months old and scrawny from a long battle with Parvo Virus, which the vets at Oakland SPCA helped her survive. She weighed 25lbs and all she wanted to do was snuggle and play chase and then snuggle again.

Now she weighs a beefy 42lbs. And still all she wants to do is snuggle, play chase and then snuggle again. She has become a great hiking partner, and at just 8 months she completed a 3-day hike of the Lost Coast Trail! (She wore her hiking booties like a champ) This week she earned her Canine Good Citizen certification, and she is on her way to becoming a Reading Therapy Dog at the school where I teach! She has improved my life in incalculable ways– and its hard to believe that just a few short months ago we were strangers. Thanks for making both our lives so much better by bringing us together!



Stormfur is the best cat ever!! He is the cutest thing we ever saw. The first time we saw Stormfur(formerly Rhys), he had his little black nose pressed against the glass, his yellow eyes shining. We thought he would be just the right cat for us. And he was! A kind woman let us bond with Stormfur. I like how the SPCA leaves the room to let the cat be itself:)

Now Stormfur has been with us for about 6 months. He has made the house more lively. He makes us laugh a lot. He is very funny, crashing around the furniture, trying to catch his mousies! He is the purr-fect cat for us!!



Arthur has been nothing less than a blessing in our lives. From the moment Justin saw him he knew he was going home with us. He was a bit difficult when we first brought him home due to being relocated so many times in his short life. As time went on Arthur demonstrated what an immense amount of love can do to a dog. He is the best dog we have ever had and has quite the personality. We constantly get stopped by strangers that admire him, and even some people want a picture with him! He enjoys camping with us, going to the beach and diving into the waves, and rough housing with his dad! He literally goes anywhere we are going. We know he loves us just as much as we love him because he does not hesitate to show it by giving kisses and cuddles 24/7. We are very proud to provide him with his forever home. Thank you East Bay SPCA for the most wonderful gift anyone could ever ask for, a life long companion.



We adopted BabyKitty a little over a year ago and our lives are forever changed! He is such a loving and playful addition to our family. Forever grateful to the SPCA and BabyKitty’s foster family who must have been incredibly loving too!

Burt and Eddie


We fell in love with Burt and Eddie right away when we saw them on the website! They were sweet and loving when we went to visit them in Oakland so we decided they had to come home with us. It took some adjusting for us all to get along with each other – mostly because both Burt and Eddie were so excited to be in their forever home they wanted attention all night long! But now everyone is settled in and happy. Burt and Eddie’s favorite activity is sleeping and snuggling in their big bed together. Their new mom and dad think they’re the cutest kitties ever!



I saw Freddie (formerly Dylan) at the shelter and was immediately drawn to him. He was the skinniest and longest little Dachshund I ever saw. After visiting him for a while, I had to take him home to the family. In the car on the way he seemed shy and fearful, until I got within a few blocks of my house. He perked up and got very excited. At home he follws me everywhere. A total lap dog. He gets along fine with the other dogs in the family (we always have puppy visitors around) which was a concern for sure.

I am so happy that we found this teeny guy. He is clever, silly, loving and he is bringing so much happiness to our lives. Everyone loves him. We are so lucky to be his forever family.



Events in my life put me in a place where I was without a pet and I wanted to start a new chapter. I had looked online at cats that I wanted to meet when I would finally decide to go to the SPCA. I met a few that were in the single cages but I happened to walk into one of the open rooms and sit down. This little grey and white kitten crawled up and meowed in my face and sat on my lap. It pretty much was love at first site. It was too late in the day to finalize the adoption but I showed up the minute they opened the doors the next morning and took Iago home. I couldn’t be happier and was so excited to have her in my life and she still sleeps on my lap and is super talkative. I am very grateful for the East Bay SPCA for making the process of adoption just an awesome experience.



I moved to the Bay Area last year into an apartment on my own, for the first time. I knew I wanted to adopt a pet, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. As a little girl I had the sweetest black cat that was so cuddly and loving and i was so afraid if I adopted another I would end up with a stinker that wanted nothing to do with me. I got up the courage to go to the Oakland spca and observe the cats and kittens in their enclosures. I was immediately drawn to little 3 month old Falcon.

I played with him for about 45 minutes in one of the rooms, just me and him. This one on one time is so important when adopting. He was independent and spunky, a ball of energy. I left that day to come back one week later and he was still there, waiting for a home. I knew it was meant to be, and he went home with me that day. He became Joey, my mischievous, sweet, charismatic and affectionate new member of the family.
I cannot begin to describe the joy he brings me everyday. He is everything I want in a furry companion. He loves to play, climb on my shoulders, and has never failed in making me smile. Adopting him has changed my life. It’s amazing how much happiness a furry friend can give you. I can’t wait to watch him grow and perhaps watch him with another potential furry companion! If you’re thinking about getting a pet please adopt! Thank you 🙂



I was heartbroken after having to put down my first cat, because she lived with me all through college, and we had the strongest bond. I didn’t think I could ever have another, until I adopted Cleo (Burrito at SPCA). We got her from the Oakland SPCA, and immediately fell in love with her! The adoption counselor told us she was going to be a crazy one, because she had so much energy and personality, and he couldn’t have been more right, but her and I are the perfect fit! We moved into a big house now, and she is so happy with all the room she has to play in. I thought I would never heal from my last pet, but adopting Cleo was the best decision I ever made!



We love our Smudge! The staff at the East Bay SPCA did a great job helping up visit with the kittens, so we could pick out the perfect fit for us.

Thanks again, she has truly enriched our home!



My husband and I always knew we wanted to adopt a dog, but we had major limitations — must be hypoallergenic, small (we live in a condo), okay with being at home the majority of the day, and good with children. When we finally moved to a building that allowed dogs, we were pregnant. We figured it would be crazy to adopt a dog just four months before our first child was born.

Then one fortuitous day, my husband was checking the Oakland SPCA website and there he was, our perfect little dog. Hypoallergenic, a described “couch potato,” good with people, under 10 lbs. I had my reservations (who adopts a dog right before giving birth?) but we couldn’t resist his sweet little face. We rushed down to the SPCA and adopted him.

We couldn’t be happier with our little Apollo. He’s a lovebug, always ready for a cuddle on the couch or consoling lick of your toes when you walk by. He’s taken to our baby like a protective older brother. He’s enriched our lives and makes our family complete.

Every day we feel so fortunate to be his doggy parents.



We adopted 5 year old Austin in May 2014; after some period of interaction and a walk, Austin let us know he chose us by laying his head on my wife’s lap. Austin was part of the shelter pet transfer program between Kauai and the East Bay SPCA. He was described as having been found a stray for some unknown amount of time, though it became immediately clear that Austin had never lived in a busy city like San Francisco nor had he lived indoors. Austin was afraid of almost everything for a long time; the exceptions being play time with other dogs and calm humans.

By leveraging these two traits and through consistent training, Austin’s behavior has dramatically improved. Today Austin is almost 8 years old and mellower, but I think he just caught his second wind. Being avid backpackers, we saw Austin’s confidence grow in the outback. He thrives being off leash and allowed to explore, although always within eyesight and quick-ish to return upon calling. To our delight, Austin has always been a 50 pound lap dog who loves nothing more than to lay with us on the couch at the end of every day. This is my first pet (I’m over 30) and I never knew how much I could care for a dog. Our lives have changed for the better and we cannot imagine ever living without a shelter dog again.




When we adopted Franklin (previously Mr. Jones) in April 2014, it was love at first sight. One of our cats had recently passed, and her survivor, Smidgen, was depressed and needed a companion. We were looking to adopt an adult cat because we wanted to ensure their temperament was going to be compatible – we wanted to know what we were getting into!
Franklin walked into our home like he owned the place.

Last December (2015) we moved the two of them with us to Ireland. He and Smidgen are a perfect pair; they play and snuggle, and he looks out for her. When she snores he bites the back of her neck to move her head into a different position!!
I can’t imagine ever having a better cat than Franklin. He is incredibly friendly and mellow, loves to cuddle (without being overbearing), and emotionally attuned – when I am upset or not feeling well, he is always there. We have a perfect family.
I hope our story encourages others to adopt older cats – I think people are worried that they won’t be able to bond with them the way they would with a kitten, but it feels like Franklin has always been a part of our home and we are incredibly close. I often wonder how such a marvelous creature ended up in a shelter, and am thankful every day that he found his way into our lives.




We love Ziggy so much. We adopted him from the Dublin SPCA in April 2015, and he’s been such a wonderful family member since then. He’s brought us so much joy, and he’s brought out so much tenderness in our boys. We can’t imagine our lives without Ziggy. Thank you!!




I wanted a dog for 13 years, but couldn’t have one until I bought my first house last year. We went to the Oakland SPCA on a Saturday, unsure if we’d really be taking home a dog, but with one in mind that we’d seen online. Her name was Rosita, she had the biggest ears in town, and as we walked through all of the barking dogs, I spotted her, ears and tail down in the corner, unhappy with all the noise. We took her out into the run and she immediately perked up – ears and tail at high alert. She ran around following us, played and clearly listened and responded to us. She was absolutely beautiful and I knew then that we’d be taking her home that day. Since coming home, she has been a wonderful companion, and picked up training immediately. She’s house trained, knows tricks, and loves every person who walks by her. We named her Kira, which means “a ray of light” in Sanskrit and “sparkly, shiny” in Japanese. She’s my ray of light!




We adopted Izzy last February, 2016. We had searched for months at various shelters in the Bay Area hoping to find the just-right fit for our family. We are experienced dog owners as we had recently buried our beloved mini-wiener dog Tipper, just a little over a year before we found Izzy. Our 9-year-old son Daniel was ready for a new pooch. As we went from shelter to shelter each weekend, we always brought along our “Sherpa pet carrier” — airline approved — that we had used w Tipper to travel back-n-forth to our hometown of New Orleans. That was our 1 criteria: the new dog had to fit inside the carrier so that he/she would be able to fly in coach w us on our frequent trips to New Orleans (we make 4+ round trips per year). We were open to old dogs, young dogs, and every age in between; we didn’t care if it was a boy or a girl, or if it had “special needs” — but it had to fit in the carrier! We got many strange looks as we were attracted to so many dogs only to find that they “failed” the Sherpa-fit test; we always tried to explain that we wanted to be responsible dog owners — to privide a forever home — and that in our family being able to fly coach is a necessity. Well, one day we ended up at the East Bay SPCA — carrier in hand. The staff was so wonderful as they allowed us to spend time w a number of small, affectionate dogs.

We had one in mind but we’re not quite ready to commit; we said we’d come back next weekend after discussing things a bit. Then the staff member in charge mentioned that there was one more dog we might like to see: she hadn’t yet been put into visitor rotation because she had only recently arrived at the shelter, but maybe she was right for our family. They brought Izzy (then known as Indigo) into the little meeting room, and we immediately fell in love! Such energy and spunk!! So obviously very smart!! Kisses, kisses, kisses!! She ran and played and leaped for joy, and we felt our own hearts bursting with joy. Izzy was a young puppy, so she easily passed the carrier test. But how could we be sure that she wouldn’t outgrow the Sherpa?? She was listed as a “chihuahua mix”, & she certainly looked like a chihuahua around the head and ears. But I’d grown up with 2 purebred chihuahuas and I could tell that she was a bit bigger than is usual for the breed at that age. Izzy was estimated to be only 2 & 1/2 months has old: if we took her home it would be at least 8 months before she was full grown and we would know whether we’d made the right decision. Well, here we are 9 months later & still completely in love with our sweet girl Izzy. She has already travelled to New Orleans 3 times, and she still fits inside the Sherpa just fine. And Izzy loves to fly! As soon as she sees the suitcases come out, she literally begs to be put in her airline carrier. Izzy is super affectionate — she seems to love everybody! She has doggy friends on both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and she’s a huge hit with shopkeepers in the French Quarter where we take our daily walks. Here in Berkeley, she runs with the big dogs all over the soccer field where we gather with neighborhood friends for the usual late-afternoon doggy play date. Thank you to everybody at East Bay SPCA who matched us w Izzy and thus made our family complete once again.




I found Stan at the Oakland SPCA and he immediately had me laughing. Since then he has been an amazing companion for my wife, grand-parents, and I. He is part pit bull, part alarm clock; he is set for 6AM and has no snooze. He gotten me up and out exercising every morning since he joined our family. His enthusiasm for life uplifts everyone he meets.




My boyfriend and I were Philly transplants living in SF when my beloved 14 year old cat passed away. Me, my boyfriend and our year old tabby spent weeks missing her. One afternoon my boyfriend sent me a picture of Yoda, a 3 month old Bengal/tabby mix at the East Bay SPCA. We got in the car early on Saturday morning to meet her and were one of the first people in the building. When Yoda saw us coming she promptly tumbled off the sleeping ledge in her enclosure in her eagerness to come greet us; I knew she was ours.

We took her home that morning and let her explore our apartment. After she inspected the cat toys, kibble location, and her new sister, she hopped on the couch and settled onto my lap. She curled up, looked at me with her big gold eyes and let out the cat version of a sigh. She was home. She helped heal my heart, and made me so glad we decided to adopt again. We named her Virtue after a song about a cat, but her nickname is ‘Bengal’. She never ceases to make us laugh with her goofy personality, playfulness, her chatty nature and her love of snuggles. She has grown from a clumsy kitten into a regal cat, but I still think of the day we met her. It was love at first tumble.



I adopted Julius in September 2014, SPCA East Bay was guessing he was about two. I was set on Julius the night before from pics on the website and went to meet him the next morning. I learned he was brought in as a stray underweight and with an abscess on his face. In his pics he looked sad so I knew he needed a happy home.
He was super excited (or scared) on the way home and clawed a hole big enough to fit through in the cardboard carrier. Once home he only hid about 10 minutes in the closet before before he was up and about, immediately finding his favorite perch in the window.
Now he’s a happy, confident (tail is always up when he’s strutting around) kitty and so lovable. His favorite toys are the laser pointer and fluffy thing on a string and he loves sitting on his fish tank.



Mila (formally Thin Lizzy) has been a part of our family for two months now, and everyday is better than the next. She’s the sweetest little puppy and has been a positive addition to our household. She’s super energetic and loves to play all day. Shes very friendly and loves to give kisses. As a student who works graveyard shifts, it’s amazing to come home to a puppy who jumps up and down to greet me and cuddles up to sleep. She’s the perfect emotional support buddy and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for this lovely ball of energy.
Thank you to East Bay SPCA for their kindness and their help choosing the right addition to our family. I hope that soon I can go back and find a companion for little Mila sometime soon
With gratitude,
Mystique Ortiz

Honeybear and Salisbury


I adopted my pitbull Honeybear a couple of years earlier. She never got over separation anxiety so I decided to get her a companion. Plus I’ve always had two dogs. I went to several shelters and rescue groups but Honeybear didn’t get along with any other dogs. At EBSPCA a worker showed me how to introduce the dogs. In five minutes Honeybear was playing with Salisbury like they were puppies. There were a few little squabbles in the first month, but they quickly worked out who got which food bowl, who got which side of the car. Who got to sit next to me on the couch and where they got to sleep on the bed. Now they are inseparable.



We can’t imagine life without Mou! He’s a great adventure cat and has been all over the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.



When my son and I arrived at the SPCA to look at cats, Rumpelstiltskin (who we now call “Rumple”) reached his paws out through the cage to tap my son on the leg. It is true that sometimes your pets choose you. Rumple is now a little over a year old, and even though he is maturing, he still has the crazy in him. He is always entertained by chasing his own tail, if nothing else. He is almost like a dog in a cats body. He waits by the door for us to come home, and he loves his belly rubbed. He is very good at parkour, although he can also be very clumsy, which makes for great entertainment. Without Rumple, our home would definitely be incomplete. The photo I have attached is a close up of Rumple after sticking his nose in a bouquet of flowers, and it looks like he ate Cheetos. Look at those crazy eyes!





At the age of 12, the only thing I have ever wanted was a dog. I collected dog stuffed animals, read countless books on dog breeds and could name just about every type of dog I saw on the streets.

When the day finally arrived that my parents agreed to get a dog, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. As we drove up to the East Bay SPCA in Dublin, I saw a beautiful red and brown large dog being walked by a volunteer. As we parked the car and walked up to the volunteer, we interacted with the golden retriever-chow mix and learned that his name is Red. I was mesmerized-not only with the adorable dog we were to soon call our own, but with the volunteers that were out and about walking dogs. As someone that hadn’t had a dog to call my own, I immediately took interest in becoming a volunteer.

Fast forward nearly ten years later, I’m now 22 and I still have my dog, Red, who is a little whiter around the edges but just as sweet as the day we adopted him in 2007. Red is docile and loves our two cats, Jolie and Felix. At his older age of 13, he still loves going on walks and riding in the car. Red is my perfect match! After signing up to volunteer in 2008, I’m still volunteering at the East Bay SPCA. I love giving back to the place that gave me my best friend!

Clementine ” Little Squirrel” Villa, formerly known as Donna



I had been daydreaming for a long time about the perfect cat, whom I was destined to meet and welcome into my family.  I would steal away time throughout my day to sneak a peek at any ads posted on various websites, hoping to connect with a certain pic and have everything fall in to place.  My best friend, who knew about the journey I was on told me that she had adopted her two boy cats from the East Bay SPCA in Oakland and that I should give it a try. With my birthday a week away, I decided that that day would be the day where I would drive out to the East Bay SPCA in Dublin and hopefully meet my cat of my dreams.

Let me tell you something, I did! The facility was beautiful, it was clean and the energy amongst the staff was great, eveyone was really helpful, chill and even had a form to fill out that would match me with the perfect candidates. Clementine was the second cat I saw.  She was small, funny and instantly snuggled with me once I sat down to spend some time with her. What made me take her home was the fact that she kept her eye on me and saw me visit other rooms and kept jumping up and down like a little doggie to get my attention to come back, and that’s exactly what I did. She came home with me that day and has been apart of my family for over a year and a half.

I know everyone thinks that they have the perfect cat, but I really think I do. Clementine is beautiful, smart, funny and has grown into a graceful young lady. She has a buddy named Travis,  a neighbor cat who comes to see her every morning and night ( she is a indoor girl, he is a outdoor boy), they lay together in the sun on the opposite side of the screen door, she loves treats, naps and playing tag. I can’t say enough good things about her or the East Bay SPCA Dublin. Thank you for taking good care of her before I was her mama!


Meisha Villa

Blair, formerly known as Belle


Happy Tails from Blair! Adopted on April 16, 201, she was one of our longest shelter guests – 482 days!!! Now, she is adjusting well into her new home and loves the outdoors and chasing a rope! We are so happy Blair found her new home!



Anna, a 10-year-old American pit bull/Labrador Mix, originally came to the East Bay SPCA in December, 2005 as a four-month-old puppy. Like most cute lively puppies she was adopted quickly.

Fast forward ten years to July, 2015, Anna was found wandering in Oakland near Lake Merritt, agitated, scared and weighing in at an astounding 97 pounds. Unfortunately, attempts to contact her owner were unsuccessful.

During her medical evaluation, Anna exhibited difficulty breathing and walking, likely related to her weight. Further inspection revealed life-shortening medical issues: severe arthritis, hypothyroidism and multiple tumors. Undeterred by her medical ailments, staff at the East Bay SPCA were excited to help this once thriving dog become herself again.

Anna was put on a strict diet and exercise plan. After a few months, the pounds started to drop and her true personality emerged. She spent most of her time in the Volunteer Services office at the Dublin shelter. Once Anna reached a healthy, stable weight, her tumors were removed and she quickly healed.

Right before her procedure, a young man looking for an older dog expressed interest in Anna. After several meetings, it was clear they had a special bond. On December 18, 2015, he decided to adopt Anna. As he filled out the adoption paperwork, Anna patiently waited at the door to go to her new home. Staff and volunteers gulped down tears as they watched Anna trot up a ramp into his SUV and off to a new life.

In total, Anna lost 20 pounds during her five-month stay with the East Bay SPCA. Supporting the Second Chance Fund helps dogs and cats like her who are seniors or face medical challenges. The East Bay SPCA is grateful to the donors whose charitable gifts help support shelter animals in need of additional time and care before they can be adopted.

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