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Contact: Lisa Franzetta, Friends of Oakland Animal Services,
OAKLAND—The harsh winter weather and the dangers of COVID-19 are making the challenges of homelessness in Oakland even more dire—but thanks to a $60,000 grant to Friends of Oakland Animal Services from PetSmart Charities, a little relief is on the way this Sunday, January 17, for the pets of unhoused Oaklanders. Funded by this grant, a veterinary team from Oakland Animal Services will be treating pets at one of the City of Oakland’s temporary, low-barrier housing sites for people experiencing homelessness. Resident pets who may have never before been to a veterinarian will get free onsite treatments for straightforward conditions like skin allergies and ear infections; animals requiring more extensive care for issues like mass removals or amputations will be scheduled for treatment at OAS the upcoming week, all at no cost to their guardian.
What does access to care mean for Oakland’s pets living with guardians experiencing homelessness? At the team’s pilot pop-up event in late November 2020, Little Abner, a 10-month-old terrier mix, arrived with a fishhook in his mouth—an unfortunate souvenir of a walk taken near the marina with his owner the previous night. Abner’s owner heard through word of mouth about the free medical treatments being provided and brought him right over. Abner was taken to OAS so he could be sedated and the fishhook painlessly removed. He was reunited with his grateful guardian a few hours later.
“It’s estimated that 25% of unsheltered people are living with animals—and for many, the companionship of an animal may be the only family they have,” says Oakland Animal Services Director Ann Dunn. “This generous grant means that OAS will be able to help unhoused Oakland residents and their pets at locations that are accessible and designed for their support. We’re grateful that PetSmart Charities shares our commitment to equitable care that helps keep our city’s pets safe and healthy, with the people who love them.”
“The power of pets is transformative, and is magnified during difficult times,” said Kate Atema, senior manager, grants initiatives at PetSmart Charities. “We are proud to support Oakland Animal Services in keeping Oakland area pets and people together by reducing barriers to accessible veterinary care. This event will be a great benefit to both pets and pet parents in need.”
High-resolution photos available upon request.
Oakland Animal Services is Oakland’s only “open admissions” shelter, accepting all of Oakland’s homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, lost, abandoned and mistreated animals. With the assistance of dedicated volunteers and the support of nonprofit Friends of Oakland Animal Services, OAS saves the lives of thousands of animals every year.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission Each year millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $430 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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In response to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place declaration, OAS will continue to provide key services to our community. To prevent the spread of the virus, we are open to the public by appointment only.
Between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm every day, we can be reached at (510) 535-5602. We will assess your situation to offer help when possible.
All animals who are available for adoption have been moved to foster homes. If you are interested in adopting, please check here for more information on our current adoption process.
If you just need to license your dog, please do so ONLINE.
If you are looking for a lost animal, please look here.
After hours, if you have found a stray, sick or injured animal and can transport it to the VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital or another 24-hour veterinary care facility, please do so. Alternatively, call the police non-emergency line at 510-777-3333. You must stay on the line to speak with a dispatcher.
En respuesta a la declaración de refugio en casa debida al COVID-19, OAS continuará proporcionando servicios clave a nuestra comunidad. Con el objetivo de evitar la propagación del virus, estamos abiertos al público únicamente con cita.
De las 11 am a las 4 pm todos los días, puede comunicarse con nosotros llamando al (510) 535-5602. Evaluaremos su situación a fin de ofrecer ayuda cuando sea posible.
Todos los animales disponibles para su adopción han sido mudados a hogares de cuidado temporal. Debido al COVID-19, no estamos programando reuniones en persona en este momento. Actualizaremos la información de nuestro sitio web en cuando cambien estas circunstancias. Si está interesado en adoptar una mascota, ¡comnuníquese con nosotros en el futuro!
Puede obtener una licencia para su perro en https://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/services/dog-licensing/.
Puede buscar un animal extraviado en https://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/services/lost-and-found/.
Después de horas hábiles, si encuentra un animal callejero, extraviado, enfermo o lesionado y puede transportarlo al Hospital de Especialistas Veterinarios y Emergencias VCA Bay Area o a otra institución de atención veterinaria 24 horas, por favor hágalo. O bien, llame a la línea de la policía para casos que no son una emergencia al 510-777-3333. Debe permanecer en la línea para hablar con un despachador.
為因應 COVID-19 (新型冠狀病毒) 就地避難頒令，OAS 將繼續為我們的社區提供重點服務。為防止病毒擴散，我們只接受民眾預約。
每天上午 11:00 至下午 4:00 之間，你可撥電話 (510) 535-5602 與我們聯絡。我們會評估你的情況，並在可能的情況下提供幫助。
所有可供領養的動物都已被送往寄養家庭。由於 COVID-19 的原因，我們現在沒有安排見面時間。若這個情況有變動，我們將盡快更新我們的網站。如果你有興趣領養，請再和我們聯絡！
若在服務時間以外發現流浪、生病或受傷的動物，可以把動物送到 VCA 灣區獸醫專家和緊急醫院 (VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital)，或送到其他 24 小時獸醫護理設施 (請這樣做)。或者，撥打警察局非緊急電話 510-777-3333。你必須留在電話上與調度員通話。