Adoptable Animals

Adopt a Pet 

Since 1927, Berkeley Humane has united over 45,000 once-homeless pets with loving and committed adopters. When you adopt an animal from Berkeley Humane, not only will you be sure that your pet is a great match for you and your family, but you will also know you have helped to make an impact on animal overpopulation in the East Bay. Thank you for choosing to adopt!


We make every effort to keep our website up to date. However, we're unable to guarantee the availability of any animal or place animals on hold. For information on specific animals, please call 510.845.7735.

Included with adoption

All of our animals receive medical and behavior evaluations, vaccines, microchip, spay or neuter, felv/fit test for cats (at the discretion of the veterinarian), heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative, and worm treatment.


Our adoption package also includes pre-adoption counseling, a take-home adoption packet, temporary collar, ID tag, temporary leash or carrier, free post-adoption resources and advice, $250 worth of medical care with VCA veterinary hospitals, a certificate for a free examination at a local veterinary hospital, and discounted pet insurance offer.


Friday through Sunday 

  11:00 AM until 5:00 PM



Cat adoption fees: 

  Kittens (up to 7 months) - $125 
  Adults (7 months to 7 years) - $100 
  Seniors (7 years+) - $50

Dog adoption fees: 

  Puppies (up to 7 months) - $275   
  Adults (7 months to 7 years) - $175   
  Seniors (7 years+) - $75 

Adoption Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have valid state-issued identification. 
  • Allowed to have a pet where you live. To protect you and your pet, get your landlord's or HOA's permission in writing before you adopt
  • Willing and able to provide training, medical attention, and proper care for your new pet.

Adoption Process

Berkeley Humane believes in an adoption process that carefully matches the lifestyle and expectations of adopters with the needs of each animal. This helps pets remain in their new homes for the rest of their lives.


Our staff will ask potential adopters about their lifestyle, household, and what they're looking for, in order to suggest appropriate pets or determine a specific animal's suitability.


Animals who are 7+ years old, or have been available for adoption for 30+ days, are available for trial adoptions. This allows potential adopters — who meet all adoption requirements — to foster an animal for 10-14 days with the intention of adopting the animal. Trial adoptions are only available for residents of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Golden Paws Program

Berkeley Humane’s Golden Paws Program promotes awareness and adoption of senior animals. Through the Golden Paws Program, senior people (55+) receive a 50% reduced fee for adopting a senior pet.


Visit our adoption center with a valid ID or driver's license to qualify. Sorry, reduced fees do not apply for animals younger than 7 years.