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Mission Statement

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.



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Would you recommend Oakland Animal Services?

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.