OAS will be closed Monday, February 15, for Presidents’ Day.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Oakland Animal Services encourages members of the public to find true love at their local shelter. Adoption fees on all pets, including dogs, cats, and rabbits, are just $14 all February.
“We know pets provide unconditional love and the science proves pet owners are actually happier and healthier as a result,” says shelter director Rebecca Katz. “We have some amazing pets in all shapes and sizes; from puppies and kittens, to adult cats and dogs of various sizes as well as many adorable rabbits. There really is no greater love than that of a shelter pet – give one a home and get the best Valentine ever!”
The normal adoption application process applies.
Oakland Animal Services is celebrating Home for the Holidays with $25 adoption fees on all pets—dogs, cats and rabbits—all December long. Adopters can also select a special holiday gift donated by Pet Food Express to bring home for their new family member.
“With so many people taking time off from work and school, December can be a great time to adopt and get a new pet acclimated to your home and family,” explains shelter director Rebecca Katz. “Of course, we always encourage people to recognize that a pet is a commitment and one that they should make with thought and careful consideration.”
Families on the fence about adopting a large dog can also “rent to own” through the shelter’s large dog foster program. Foster families provide temporary love and housing for a large dog, and can decide to adopt over the next six weeks. Individuals interested in more information about the large dog foster program should visit http://www.palseastbay.org/
“Promotions like Home for the Holidays are a wonderful way to encourage more adoptions,” explains Katz. “Families will find that whether they are looking for a puppy, cat, rabbit or even guinea pig, we have a wide variety of wonderful and friendly animals at OAS just waiting to go home this December. Every animal is a wonderful gift and deserves to be cherished as a beloved family member.”
Over a dozen puppies are already getting a new lease on life thanks to the generosity of a special donation, in honor of a very special shelter dog. This month, Claire Kilpatrick made a generous donation to Friends of Oakland Animal Services in honor of her late Collie, Mickey, to establish Mickey’s Medical Fund, an emergency medical fund for shelter animals at Oakland Animal Services. Mickey was adopted by Kilpatrick in July 2008. He passed away in 2015.
Oakland Animal Services has received a large number of stray puppies with parvovirus over the past several months. (Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness – it can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk.) Previously, the shelter would immediately euthanize puppies with parvo but under the shelter’s new leadership and with the support of generous donors, OAS is now trying to treat many of these puppies. But treatment is not cheap – costs can run as high as $3000 per puppy. The most recent crew of “parvo puppies” are currently thriving in foster homes, well on their way to making full recoveries, and many will be available for adoption soon. Here are just a few of their photos:
And there are many more animals in need – cats in need of dental extractions or with leg injuries, lovely dogs with major orthopedic needs or in need of tumor removal, rabbits who require attention of small animal veterinary specialists, and more. “The reality of running an open-admission public shelter is that pets often come in with serious, but treatable illnesses,” explains Director Rebecca Katz. “Whenever possible, we try and treat these animals so they can recover and find new homes.” Oakland Animal Services receives city funding but with so many other municipal agencies and competing needs in the city of Oakland, the agency is left with less than what it needs to operate at the level the community demands. Friends of Oakland Animal Services and donors such as Ms. Kilpatrick ensure that the shelter can enrich the animals’ daily lives in the shelter and go beyond that to save those animals that were traditionally deemed unsaveable.
Director Katz encourages members of the public to follow in Kilpatrick’s footsteps and make a donation to help support the emergency and special medical care of shelter pets in need: http://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/
Members of the public are also encouraged to consider being “foster parents” to a puppy recovering from parvo or mange (no significant risk to adult dogs in the home) or a cat recovering from surgery or any one of the many animals in need of a little extra TLC. More information about the dog foster program is available at: http://www.palseastbay.org/
Join us this Saturday, October 24, from noon to 4 pm for a special celebration!
Friends of Oakland Animal Services has been supporting Oakland Animal Services for 10 years. We are so excited to invite you to join us in celebrating a very special partnership that has resulted in thousands of animals finding homes, health, and happiness in Oakland. We will have food, drink, live music provided by Oakland’s very own Bones, and more in the beautiful setting of Joaquin Miller Park. The event is free and open to the public, and dogs are welcome!
Oakland Animal Services invites you to help “Clear the Shelter” on Saturday, August 15. The Clear the Shelters effort, part of a national initiative spearheaded by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, pairs local television stations with animal shelters across the country to find new homes for homeless pets. On this national day of action, OAS will offer fee-waived adoptions and extended hours from 10 am to 6 pm.
Adoption events like this are particularly important because OAS is at 200% capacity with its animal population.
“There are thousands of animals sitting in shelters across the Bay Area right now waiting for families to rescue them. We’re proud to be working with numerous shelters across the Bay Area to help ‘Clear the Shelters’ and help find these animals permanent, loving homes,” said Rich Cerussi, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48.
For more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit www.ClearTheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on Facebook by visiting NBC Bay Area’s Facebook page at facebook.com/NBCBayArea or Telemundo 48’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Telemundo.48. Follow all the adoptions happening throughout the day through social media hashtag #CleartheShelters @NBCBayArea.
Olinge Lotane-Makalani is one of the newest faces at Oakland Animal Services. Olinge has both a strong passion for animals and serving his community, which led him to his new job as an animal control officer. He is a San Francisco native who’s had dogs all his life. Olinge studied fire science at CCSF and Merritt College.
Oakland Animal Services director Rebecca Katz has a message for the public: now is the time to come “check out” a dog. The shelter has launched a new foster program with a goal of placing 20 large adult dogs in foster homes in the next 10 days. The public is encouraged to learn more about providing a foster home for a shelter dog at http://www.palseastbay.org/
“Fostering is a great way to help an animal on a temporary basis, for a month or longer,” explains Katz. “We like to think of it like a ‘lending library’ where people can check out a dog and always bring it back if it is not the right fit.” Fosters can also choose to adopt if they fall in love. The shelter covers expenses for vet care as well as food if needed.
“Times are tough in Oakland right now,” says Katz. “We are seeing a tremendous increase in the number of people losing their housing and forced to give up their dogs. As a result we have seen a surge in surrendered and stray pets at the shelter, and these are truly sweet, family dogs.”
With intake rates significantly higher than last summer, the shelter is at 200 percent capacity with an especially high number of large dogs. Even with the influx, the shelter has made great progress improving its live release rate, effectively reducing the number of animals put to sleep. For the past two months, the live release rate has been 83 percent compared to 71 percent for the same time period last year.
In an effort to boost adoptions, the shelter has waived adoption fees for all animals through July 20 and is also reaching out to local rescue partners.
“But we need additional help from the public to truly save every adoptable dog,” adds Katz.
According to Katz, the 20 dogs she most wants to find foster homes have been at the shelter longer than two months. While she encourages the public to learn more about these dogs at http://www.palseastbay.org/
“More has to be done to educate our community about the importance of sterilizing your pets and responsible guardianship – it takes the whole community working together to solve our overpopulation of homeless animals,” says Katz. “I am so proud of the work and dedication of our staff and volunteers – they do so much on behalf of Oakland’s most at-risk animals. But the truth is that the best shelter in the world is not a substitute for a home.”
Friends of Oakland Animal Services is asking for the public’s help to save the life of a special puppy and others like him. Frodo, a Border Terrier, contracted parvovirus (parvo), a highly contagious and often fatal illness in puppies.
Historically, the city’s public shelter has not treated the disease, which can be cured with intensive vet care provided in isolation from the rest of the shelter population, but now that policy is changing. Under the shelter’s new director, Rebecca Katz, some puppies with a fighting chance will receive the extensive and expensive veterinary care required to treat parvo.
Frodo was adopted the last weekend in May, during Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, a special program that pays adoption fees and gives further financial support to shelters. The pup’s adopters had been eager to take him home, but while he was waiting to get neutered, he contracted Parvo from another dog. Unsure if he would survive and uncertain about the cost of treatment, his owners surrendered him back to the shelter.
Approximately 6,000 animals come through Oakland Animal Services’ doors every year, and the shelter’s veterinary staff provides the best medical care possible for them in the shelter’s facility. However, the city’s general fund budget won’t cover those with severe injuries or with illness that require extensive treatment. For those special cases, OAS seeks support from Friends of Oakland Animal Services, the shelter’s nonprofit partner, to provide care through local veterinary hospitals.
Now Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS) is calling on the public to help making saving these puppies possible. “The public can make a donation to our emergency medical fund, specifically to help Frodo and other puppies like him,” says FOAS board member Emily Fox. The treatment for parvo often can run up to $5000 per pet.
Shelter director Rebecca Katz says, “We think treating the animals that have a decent prognosis is absolutely the right thing to do. Just look at this puppy. He deserves a fighting chance at life.”
The public is encouraged to donate to Friends of Oakland Animals Services’ Emergency Medical Fund at https://www.crowdrise.com/foasemergencymedicalfund/fundraiser/friendsoftheoaklanda
No adoption fee for most dogs, cats, and rabbits throughout June
Starting June 6 through the end of the month, Oakland Animal Services is waiving adoption fees on all of the shelter’s longer term residents, including dogs, cats, and rabbits. For a list of adoptable animals, including those who have no adoption fee, please visit http://
“Sometimes adoptions are free but we know the love shelter pets provide is priceless,” says shelter director Rebecca Katz.
Standard adoption procedures apply. Visit http://oaklandanimalservices.org/adopt/how-to-adopt/ for more information.