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 downloading and completing the appropriate application below ahead of time and bring it with you.
  • 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

Please note that the East Bay SPCA operates a first come, first served adoptions policy. In select cases, a short term adoption hold can be placed on adoptable animals to allow for pet-to-pet introductions, to allow other household members to meet the pet, or 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) 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.

Adoption Fees

Cat: $75
Kitten (under 6 months): $125
Club Second Chance / Senior Cat: $40

Dog: $125
Puppy (under 6 months): $200
Club Second Chance / Senior Dog: $50

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Where to Find us


Adoption Center

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Theodore B. Travers
Family Veterinary Clinic

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Veterinary Clinic Hours
Monday - Friday
By appointment only (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

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
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Spay/Neuter Clinic Hours
By appointment only


GuideStar Platinum Charity

2018 Awards


The East Bay SPCA is a local non-profit that is not affiliated with any national organization. We obtained a four star rating from Charity Navigator and we participate in GuideStar Exchange at the Platinum level. The East Bay SPCA's Tax ID number is 94- 1322202.