Oakland Animal Services

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community


1101 29th AveOakland, CA 94601 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Oakland Animal Services is Oakland’s only open admissions shelter. 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 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, and promote responsible pet ownership and humane care.


As Oakland’s only open admissions shelter, Oakland Animal Services accepts all of Oakland’s homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, lost, abandoned and mistreated animals, 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 saves the lives of more than 5,000 companion animals each year.

OAS is excited to be a part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) coalition whose primary goal is to keep people and pets together.


Would you recommend Oakland Animal Services?
3 reviews Write a review
by Emily F. (Administrator for this Organization) (September 26, 2016)
When I arrive at Oakland Animal Services and begin to change into my volunteer T-shirt, my "shelter shoes," and pull out my dog walking leash, my heart feels lighter and I eagerly anticipate what my volunteer shift may hold today. Which sweet, overlooked, block-headed dog will crawl into my lap, so grateful for the human contact and attention? Will I spend time with playful puppies gazing at me with doe eyes and nipping at a squeaky toy? Will I take an ailing senior on a gentle walk around the yard, followed by a much-needed ear massage? Will I tour a frantic dog-owner looking for their lost pet through the shelter and find their little guy bounding with joy behind the kennel door? Will I finally make an adoption match for that long-term dog that all the volunteers love and can't understand why she is still here? Any of these stories are possible, and they are the ones that draw me back to the shelter week after week.
by Andrea L. (May 18, 2016)
I would recommend this shelter to someone because I enjoy the services I have experience in the past and the animals seemed to be well taken care of from what I have seen, and its in a convienent area.
by Carrie G. from CA (November 12, 2008)
The need to improve the quality of animals' lives in Oakland is tremendous. Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter supports the work of volunteers and professionals devoted to the loving and humane care of animals at OAS by helping to reduce the number of unwanted animals, funding medical procedures which can give an otherwise adoptable animal new life, financing invaluable projects like outdoor areas for animals to exercise and socialize as well as indoor spaces where the public can get to know a potential new member of the family. Financial support by Friends of the Oakland shelter, through its growing donor base, helps to create an environment where volunteers can have a significant impact on animal well-being without feeling overwhelmed or alone.

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