Our Mission

The East Bay SPCA is committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities we serve. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals.


The East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has been an innovator in animal welfare since 1874! To learn more about our history, click on a year in the list below.

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Just one year after opening its doors, in September 2014, the Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic is recognized with accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA).

Only 12% of all veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are AHAA accredited.


East Bay SPCA celebrates the Grand Opening of the newly-constructed Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic, and Cat Adoption Center at Oakland Campus.


East Bay SPCA breaks ground on $9 million construction and renovation project at Oakland campus.


Humane Advocate program launches to match low-income East Bay residents with services and local resources including spay/neuter, vaccines and veterinary care.

Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC), an intensive multi-week, after-school program launches for middle school students, matching students at risk of dropping out with shelter dogs who need training.

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Club Second Chance, a program devoted to helping injured, sick and older animals transition to new homes, is launched.

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Humane Education programs expand to offer school presentations, Animal Camp, Day at the SPCA, and special events throughout the year.

Humane Advocate program launches to match low-income East Bay residents with services and local resources including spay/neuter, vaccines and veterinary care.



Retiring after 19 years, Gary Templin hands the reins to the East Bay SPCA’s new Executive Director, Allison Lindquist.

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To address the overpopulation of pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the dogs most at risk in our community, the East Bay SPCA launched a comprehensive program to reduce the euthanasia of pit bulls and pit mixes: The East Bay Pit Fix, a free spay/neuter service, and Pit Bull Hall, a joint education and adoption effort with BAD RAP, a pit bull rescue group.


The East Bay Pit Fix was launched to address the growing population of pit bulls in the region. Pit bulls owned by Alameda or Contra Costa County residents are spayed and neutered at no cost.


The new Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Center opened to the public in March and is the only spay/neuter center in its region.


The East Bay SPCA launched a programs for outreach: PALS, or “Pets and love shared.” PALS sent trained teams of people and pets into care facilities for visits.

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The new Dublin Adoption Center opens to help the growing Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore area. The organization becomes the “East Bay SPCA.”

Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Surgery Center opens in 1998—one of the first low-cost high-volume spay and neuter centers in the country.

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David Duffield, founder of the Maddie’s Fund, made his first large donation to remodel our Oakland animal adoption facility. The new award-winning PeopleSoft Adoption and Education center was opened, and the Veterinary Clinic remodeled.

The Oakland SPCA became the first animal shelter in the Bay Area to require that all adopted animals went home spayed or neutered.

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The East Bay SPCA’s programs continued to serve youth in Oakland and the surrounding region.


Under the guidance of Charles Marsh, the organization moved to its present location on Baldwin street.

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Focusing on education to prevent cruelty, a series of instructional programs, tours and resource library were created. Our organization’s first shelter was established in downtown Oakland in 1922.

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The Oakland SPCA was created to help ensure the humane treatment of horses, mules and other draft animals.

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