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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!


Available Pets

We make every effort to keep our website up to date with animals currently available for adoption. However, we're unable to guarantee the availability of any animal.
For more information or additional details on specific animals, please call 510.845.7735.


Many of the photographs on this website are taken by volunteer photographers, 
a group of talented and compassionate individuals who donate their time to Berkeley Humane to help capture the unique personality of each animal, making it easier for potential adopters like you to fall in love!


Please note: We are unable to place a hold on animals.

Included with adoption

All of our animals receive veterinary and behavioral evaluations, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm testing (dogs over 6 months), FeLV/FIV testing (for cats, at the discretion of the veterinarian), heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative, and worm treatment.


Our adoption package also includes adoption counseling and follow-up calls, a take-home adoption packet, temporary collar and ID tag, temporary leash or carrier, $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.


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.
* Be allowed to have a pet where you live.
   We recommend getting your landlord's or
   home owner association's permission in
   writing before you adopt, to protect you
   and your pet.
* Be willing and able to spend the time and
   money necessary 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 our animals. This ensures a successful adoption and helps pets remaining in the new homes for the rest of their lives.

When you express an interest in adopting, our staff will ask you questions about what you're looking for, your home, lifestyle, and household, in order to suggest appropriate pets or determine a specific animal's suitability for your home.


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. 


During the 10-14 day trial period, Berkeley Humane will provide food, toys, bowls, and bedding so there is no cost until you decide to adopt. 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.

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