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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.

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.

Adoption Fees

Cat adoption fees:

  Kittens 6 months and younger - $125

  Cats 6 months to 7 years - $100

  Cats over 7 years - $50  

  Cat pairs aged 6 months to 7 years - $125 


Dog adoption fees:
  Puppies 3 months or younger: $250 
  Puppies 4 months to 6 months: $200
  Dogs 7 months to 7 years: $150 
  Dogs over 7 years: $75 


All of our animals receive veterinary and behavioral evaluations, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm testing (dogs over 6 months), FeLV/FIV testing (cats), heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative and de-worming.


Our adoption package includes adoption counseling and follow-up calls, a take-
home adoption packet, temporary
collar and ID tag, temporary leash or
carrier, and a certificate for a free examination at a local veterinary hospital.

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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