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Oakland Animal Services is responsible for Oakland’s stray, injured, abandoned, neglected and mistreated animals, both domestic and wild. The department provides courteous and responsive service to the public, with highest attention given to public safety; and ensures compliance with all state and local laws related to animals.
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.
With the assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers and the support of nonprofit Friends of Oakland Animal Services, OAS saved the lives of more than 5,000 homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, abandoned, and/or mistreated companion animals in 2015 alone. We have one of the few nationally-recognized rabbit programs in the country, with improved housing and indoor/outdoor play areas to enrich the quality of their lives.
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.