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 info@eastbayspca.org.

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 clinic@eastbayspca.org.

Our Dublin location is temporarily closed for all services, except Summer Animal Camp from June 1 – August 7. 

The following programs and services are available:

  • The East Bay SPCA is closed for regular adoptions, but it is still possible to adopt a shelter cat or dog at this time at our Oakland Adoption Center. We have developed a way to facilitate adoptions while still practicing physical distancing to keep our staff and community safe. Learn more here >>
  • Pet Food Pantry to help families in need. Find out more >>
  • Dog Training online training classes and private training. Find out more >>
  • Humane Education Resources. Download here >>
  • Summer Animal Camp. We will continue to host Animal Camp in Oakland and Dublin this summer while taking the utmost care to provide a safe environment for all participants and following all government guidelines. Find out more >>
  • Our Spay/Neuter Centers are now open and taking new appointments. Find out more >>

The following programs and services have been temporarily closed:

  • All Drop-In Vaccine Clinics
  • Dog Boarding in Dublin
  • In-person Behavior & Training classes, workshops and seminars
  • Youth programs and activities, other than Summer Animal Camp
  • New Volunteer and Foster Orientations and Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

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 info@eastbayspca.org.

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 on becoming a foster volunteer.

What We Know

If you’re watching the news you have probably seen reports of a cat in Belgium, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo and two dogs testing positive for COVID-19.  These reports are alarming, and we would like to share what research is telling us about COVID-19 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 (cdc.gov), WHO (who.int) and World Small Animal Veterinary Association (wsava.org) are reliable sites with up to date information. Here’s what we know so far:

  • First, all the animals testing positive are known to or suspected to have contact with infected people. The dogs and domestic cat never exhibited signs of the virus and while one dog died after release from quarantine the others are healthy. Our hearts go out to the family of the dog in Hong Kong as they lost their 17-year-old dog 3 days after release from quarantine due to age related health issues. Tigers at the Bronx Zoo are coughing, and one had a positive COVID19 test. They are responding well to supportive care.
  • Idexx Laboratories has tested thousands of cats and dogs and none have tested positive for COVID-19. But can our pets get COVID-19 from us? Possibly. A study by the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences has focused on the susceptibility of domestic animals and whether they can infect each other. The study is small, has not been reviewed and results are preliminary but there are some things of which to be aware.
  • Cats and ferrets in the study appear more susceptible to COVID-19 and in some cases developed signs of the illness. It is possible that cats and ferrets have receptors for the virus more like our own so may be more likely to catch COVID-19 from us. Dogs appear to be less susceptible. Don’t feel you need to quarantine your dog or cut off contact with your cat. Frolic with your ferret if you are healthy and doing well.
  • Testing our pets for COVID-19 is not recommended or available at this time. We currently don’t have evidence our pets can give us COVID-19. Studies of the SARS virus (a virus like that causing COVID-19) did not confirm transmission from pets to humans. If you are immunocompromised, please take precautions recommended by the CDC.
  • Vaccinating your dog for coronavirus will not prevent COVID-1. 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 You Can Help

So many of you have reached out asking how you can help and we thank you for that.

Right now, monetary donations are most needed, as they allow us to quickly meet the most urgent needs. Your support will help care for animals during and after this crisis.

If you would like to donate pet food or other supplies, please visit our Other Ways To Give page for more information and links to our Amazon wish list. Due to the shelter in place order, please don’t bring items to our locations.

Please know all of the cats and dogs are safe in foster homes or our shelter during the shutdown.

Thank you for everything you do to support animals in need, and make our life-saving work possible!

How to Keep Yourself and Your Pets Safe

  • Use reliable and up-to-date resources for coronavirus information. The CDC (cdc.gov), WHO (who.int) and World Small Animal Veterinary Association (wsava.org) 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Diagnosed with COVID-19? Let your partner care for your friends if you can and if that’s not an option, wear your mask, wash your hands. Consider not letting your animals sleep on the bed with you. It’ll be hard but it is temporary! 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.
  • 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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