Surrendering Animals

Surrender animals at Municipal Shelters

Berkeley Humane is unable to accept surrenders of animals by individual owners. To surrender an animal, please contact the municipal shelter in your area. The closest municipal shelters are:


Alameda County

 -Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS): (510) 981-6600

 -Oakland Animal Services (OAS): (510) 535-5602


Contra Costa County

 -Contra Costa County Animal Services Department (CCCASD): (925) 335-8300


Surrendering Litters (2 or more) of Kitten or Puppies under 6 months old (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

What to do when you find stray kittens:

1) ASSESS: Is there immediate, life-threatening danger? If not, leave the kittens. Cat moms are best for their survival.

2) WAIT: Are the kittens truly, permanently abandoned? Wait 4 hours from afar for cat mom to return. 

3) ACT: When kittens are truly in danger or abandoned, keep kittens warm and rush them to a shelter nearby. 


Berkeley Humane has limited animal holding capacity and we rely heavily on our foster families to care for our animals—especially when space is at a premium. However, we remain dedicated to preventing litters of fragile kittens and puppies from entering the public shelter system, if at all possible.


On an individual, case-by-case basis, Berkeley Humane may be able to accept litters (2 or more) of puppies and kittens under the age of 6 months. At our discretion, we may accept these animals following behavioral and medical assessments, and by appointment only.  


Please contact our Pet Program Manager at (510) 845-7735 x204 to inquire about surrender options.


Animal Abandonment is a Crime

Cal Penal Code 596-597


Abandoning an animal is never acceptable under any circumstances, yet many people do just that by dumping their animals that they no longer want, or perhaps can no longer afford. With the recent economic troubles, many people are choosing to leave their animals to fend for themselves rather than do the responsible thing and find them a new home or surrender them to a local municipal shelter. Most companion animals are unable to fend for themselves and are likely to become sick, dehydrated or injured very quickly, not to mention that they may not be found by someone in time who can turn them over to animal services.


Please contact us to learn of possible resources to help keep your pet in your home or to safely re-home your pet.