Bark Program

Bark Program

TLC Program East Bay SPCA

The Bark Program is a six-week long, intensive after-school program run by the East Bay SPCA in collaboration nearby schools and youth organizations including Light House Community Charter School. It’s aim is to give both youth and K9’s a voice.  The program teaches persistence, empathy and respect for all living beings through a combination of dog training and humane education. During the program, 14 middle-school-age students learn about anger management, public speaking, conflict resolution, the web of life, animal welfare, and positive reinforcement. Teachers select program participants who must apply for and be accepted to the program. Participants must maintain perfect school attendance during the six-week program in order to finish training their dogs.

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With the guidance of the program staff, students pair up to train East Bay SPCA shelter dogs. The pairs of students work together to train their dogs basic commands such as sit, watch, down, dance and even fun agility tricks like jumping through hula hoops. The dogs’ new manners and familiarity with commands help them become better candidates for adoption with most dogs in the program quickly adopted after “graduation.”

For more information on The Bark Program, please email or call (510) 564-2961.

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Do you have a school project? Want to learn more about animal welfare? We have volunteer and service learning opportunities for ages 10 – 17. Come find your furry friend for life.

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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.