How to Adopt
What to Expect When You’re Adopting
The East Bay SPCA is facilitating adoptions by appointment only at our Oakland Adoption Center. To create the best adoption experience for both people and animals, we are closed for traditional walk-in adoptions.
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. During your appointment, our team will be available to help match you with an adoptable animal that may be a good fit for your home. You will be able to meet with up to two dogs/puppies or cats/kittens during your appointment.
Please note our booking system is only scheduling out 1 week in advance. If there are no available slots, then all appointments are filled. We advise clients to check back periodically as cancellations will reflect availability in real time.
While our website updates in real-time, we cannot guarantee the availability of any animal.
To complete your adoption, you will need
- Your Driver’s License, California ID card, or other photo identification (you must be at least 18 years old).
- Payment for our adoption fees. Our fees can only be paid by credit card or cash. We do not accept checks.
- Your completed Adoption Questionnaire. You can save time by downloading and filling out the appropriate questionnaire below and bringing it with you to your appointment.
You are welcome to bring your resident dog to your dog/puppy adoption appointment as our team is available to help introduce them to your potential new adopted dog. Note: We do require that some of our adoptable dogs meet your current canine family members prior to going home.
Every East Bay SPCA Adoption Includes
- Initial Vaccines
- Microchip & Registration
- Roundworm and Flea Treatment
- Cardboard Carrier (for cats only)
- Temporary Leash and Collar (for dogs only)
- Discounted Dog Training Classes
Kitten (under 6 months): $125
Club Second Chance / Senior Cat: $40
Puppy (under 6 months): $200
Club Second Chance / Senior Dog: $50
Please note that the East Bay SPCA operates a first come (aka first appointment), first served adoptions policy. In select cases, a short-term adoption hold can be placed on adoptable animals if the pet still requires spay or neuter surgery. A hold can only be placed after a member of the household has visited with the animal in person. We cannot take holds over phone or email. If the hold results in an adoption, the $25.00 hold fee ($50 for puppies and kittens) is applied to the adoption fee. Otherwise, the hold fee is non-refundable. We do not take waitlists for animals currently on hold, and we are unable to contact interested parties if a hold is released and an animal becomes available again.