How to Adopt
What to Expect When You’re Adopting
In compliance with Shelter in Place health and safety guidelines, the East Bay SPCA is closed for regular adoptions, but it is still possible to adopt at this time. We have developed a way to facilitate adoptions while still practicing physical distancing to keep our staff and community safe.
Adoption counseling will be facilitated by phone and email, including determining if the animal would be a good fit for your household.
In the event of high demand we will limit to 100 applications a week and it may take up to a week to receive a response.
We thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Go Big and Stay Home!
We are still looking to make matches with our large long-timer dogs and dogs with special needs. During this time, we will be reviewing applications and making matches with those that best fit the needs of the individual dog rather than our typical first-come first-served procedure.
Complete our adoption application below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the dog’s name you are interested in as the subject line. Our team of expert adoption matchmakers will review applications and contact you with more information about next steps. Please note: If a dog receives a high number of applicants their picture will be removed from the website and applications submitted prior will be considered.
We have no puppies available for adoption at this time.
Take a Chance on [Me]ow
For the safety of adopters and staff and the comfort of shelter cats, cat adoptions will be completed at the Oakland Adoption Center and adopters will get to know the cats in the comfort of their own home.
Looking for kittens? Due to the overwhelming inquiries for kittens, we ask that clients who wish to adopt a kitten (6 months and under) fill out our match-making questionnaire available below and send it to email@example.com. A staff member will reach out to you as soon as there is an available match.
Please note: Kitten photos and profiles will not be listed on our website.
Looking for an adult cat? Complete our cat adoption application below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the cat/s name you are interested in as the subject line. Our team will review applications and contact you with any additional photos or videos of the cat/s and more information about next steps.
Please note: If an adult cat receives a high number of applicants their picture will be removed from the website and applications submitted prior will be considered. During this time, we will be reviewing applications and making matches with those that best fit the needs of the individual cat rather than our typical first-come first-served procedure. If there are no adult cats listed on our website, you are still welcome to fill out an application and will we contact you when there is an available match.
Cats are environmentally sensitive, so sudden change can cause stress. We recommend introducing cats to your household slowly, one room at a time. This will give them the opportunity to feel safe in a confined space and gradually get used to their new environment. The acclimation process can take weeks or even months depending on the cat.
Not a match? No worries! Once the COVID-19 Shelter in Place restrictions are lifted, we’ll re-open our shelters so you can come visit us in person to find your new furry friend.
In Order to Help Us Find Your Perfect Pet, Please Come Prepared to
- Be certain pets are allowed in your home or apartment.
- Be a responsible pet owner.
- 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).
- Be able to pay our adoption fees. Our fees can only be paid by credit card or cash. We do not accept checks.
Every East Bay SPCA Adoption Includes
- Initial Vaccines
- Microchip & Registration
- Roundworm and Flea Treatment
- Temporary Leash and Collar
- Discounted Dog Training Classes
Kitten (under 6 months): $125
Club Second Chance / Senior Cat: $40
Puppy (under 6 months): $200 – We have no puppies at this time
Club Second Chance / Senior Dog: $50