Oakland Animal Services is Oakland’s only “open admissions” shelter: We accept all of Oakland’s homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, lost, abandoned and mistreated animals, including companion animals, farm animals, exotic animals, and native wildlife. Every animal brought to our door is welcome, regardless of age, breed, temperament or medical condition.
Our staff provides critical services to our community, sheltering thousands of Oakland’s stray animals each year and responding to animal-related calls for service in Oakland. We enforce animal-related welfare laws, rescue lost and abandoned animals from the streets, protect animals from abusive owners, assist in prosecutions for abuse and neglect, investigate animal bites, and promote responsible pet ownership and humane care — while at all times ensuring the public’s safety.
With the assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers and the support of nonprofit Friends of Oakland Animal Services, OAS takes in more than 5,000 homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, abandoned, and/or mistreated companion animals each year.
We are a city agency that proudly provides public safety and animal welfare services as well as human health and social services. We are here to serve our community’s residents.
OAS is excited to be a part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) coalition as a Tier 1 pilot shelter.