COVID-19 Updates

In compliance with the Shelter in Place announcement, the East Bay SPCA is taking the following safety precautions to protect and support our community, shelter animals, staff and volunteers. Please direct any questions to

Our full-service Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic in Oakland will be open by appointment only. We are unable to accommodate any walk-in visits at this time. To make an appointment please call (510) 569-1606 or email

The East Bay SPCA is closed for regular adoptions, but it is still possible to adopt a shelter dog at this time. Learn more here. We have developed a way to facilitate dog adoptions while still practicing social distancing to keep our staff and community safe. Please continue to visit this page to see when cat adoptions will become available.

Our Dublin location is temporarily closed for all services, including dog boarding. 

The following programs and services have been cancelled:

  • All Drop-In Vaccine Clinics
  • Spay/Neuter Centers
  • Dog Boarding in Dublin
  • Behavior & Training classes, workshops and seminars
  • All Humane Education Animal Camps, youth programs and activities
  • New Volunteer and Foster Orientations and Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pet Food Pantry April 4
  • Paint Fur a Purpose March 22 in Dublin

Stray Animals

Found a stray animal in Oakland? Between the hours of 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day, Oakland Animal Services can be reached at (510) 535-5602. They will assess your situation to offer help when possible. If you have found a stray, sick or injured animal after hours, Oakland Animal Services has asked that you transport it to the VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital or another 24-hour veterinary care facility, if you are able to do so. Alternatively, you can call the police non-emergency line at (510) 777-3333. You must stay on the line to speak with a dispatcher.

Outside of Oakland? Please refer to your local municipal shelter to see how strays are being handled. If you find a stray and are able to hold onto it while looking for it’s owner and getting in contact with your local municipal shelter, that is a huge help. If you have questions or need assistance, email

Foster Inquires

Thank you for your interest in helping the East Bay SPCA by fostering a shelter dog or cat. We are grateful to have already received an outpouring of support from existing foster volunteers and candidates to help us with the limited number of animals currently in our shelters. We will update this page as our needs change, so please check for new foster opportunities. If you would like to be notified of future foster volunteer opportunities, please fill out our application available here and we will send you information prior to our next foster orientation currently scheduled for April 18th.

What We Know

Watching the news and reading reports on-line is confusing and scary. What do we know about COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and our pets?

This is an evolving, rapidly-changing situation, and as more information becomes available, our approach may change. For more information, the CDC (, WHO ( and World Small Animal Veterinary Association ( are reliable sites with up to date information. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Current data does not indicate that there is any reason to be concerned about your pet getting or transmitting this strain of coronavirus.
    • A dog in Hong Kong tested weak positive for SAR-CoV-2. Weak positive results may be due to environmental exposure, infection, cross reaction from other viruses or testing issues. We believe the virus originated in bats. Now that it is infecting humans it will “want” to stay in humans. That said, we don’t know for certain, and care is being taken.
  • Vaccinating your dog for coronavirus will not prevent COVID-19
    • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses affecting different parts of the body in the same way your family may live in different parts of town. You are members of the same family but live your own lives. We have a vaccine against a coronavirus causing mild vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, but it doesn’t provide protection against SAR-CoV-19.

How to Keep Yourself and Your Pets Safe

  • Use reliable and up-to-date resources for coronavirus information. The CDC (, WHO ( and World Small Animal Veterinary Association ( are good reliable sites.
  • If you feel sick in any way, we recommend that you follow the standard isolation recommendations and limit your pet’s close contact with other people.  
  • According to the CDC, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
  • Follow CDC & WHO guidelines. Wash your hands with soap and water for the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Wash your hands before and after handling pets.
  • Your pet doesn’t need a mask. Remember, there is no evidence of animals catching COVID-19 or giving it to humans.
  • Include your pets in your emergency planning. Having two (2) weeks of food and medication on hand will help with natural disasters as well as disease outbreaks.
  • If your companion animal has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 contact the public health worker involved with the patient’s care. They will contact the state veterinarians and direct your from there. If you are told to bring your pet to your veterinarian call first so they can prepare isolation areas.

If you have questions call your veterinarian and check on the websites listed above.

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