Ready to adopt?

We're Looking for LOVE

You can give homeless dogs and cats a second chance. Berkeley Humane believes in an adoption process that carefully matches the lifestyle and expectations of adopters with the needs of each animal to help the pet remain in their new homes for the rest of their lives. 

We continue to operate with a modified adoption process. While many of our animals remain in foster and are available by appointment only, we also offer on-site adoptions—mostly cats and kittens.

Here is more information about our adoption processes:

how adoption works

On-Site Adoptions

On-site adoptions—mostly cats and kittens—currently available. Here is more information about on-site adoptions:

pet profiles

Browse our available dogs or cats and review their profiles carefully to make sure you can accommodate their specific needs, if any.

Note the animal’s status, location, adoption hours, and instructions on how to adopt

on-site adoptions

Meet available animals at the location/address during the adoption hours specified on the animal’s profile. No appointments or inquiry forms necessary—just come by! First-come, first-served.

Please note, most of our on-site animals are cats and kittens. 

pet profiles

Browse our available dogs or cats and review their profiles carefully to make sure you can accommodate their specific needs, if any.

Note the animal’s status, location, adoption hours, and instructions on how to adopt

adoption center

2700 Ninth St. Berkeley
Sat. & Sun. 11—4PM

Animals with specified locations and adoption hours are ready to meet you! No appointments or inquiry forms necessary—walk-ins welcome. First-come, first-served.

Our Adoption Center is our main facility. 

MAC

1120 Solano Ave. Albany
Sat. 11—2PM

Animals with specified locations and adoption hours are ready to meet you! No appointments or inquiry forms necessary—walk-ins welcome. First-come, first-served.

Our MAC (Mobile Adoption Center) is parked in front of our Thrift Shop.

how adoption works

Appointment-Only Adoptions

Many of our adoptable animals are in the care of foster families, and are only available for adoption by appointment only. Here’s more information about appointment-only adoptions:

step one

Browse our available dogs or cats and review their profiles carefully to make sure that you can accommodate their specific needs, if any.

Note the animal’s status, location, adoption hours, and instructions on how to adopt

step two

For animals available by appointment only, complete and submit the online Adoption Inquiry Form to get started. You must indicate the specific animal you’re interested in for your inquiry to be reviewed. 

step three

Due to overwhelming interest, our adoption team will contact (via email) the first three inquiries, in the order they are received. If you do not hear from us, please keep checking back for other animals that may be available.

step four

Once received, please respond to our email within 24 hours to schedule your virtual meet & greet. During which, you may ask questions about the animal. Dog to dog meetings may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. 

step five

Our Adoptions Team will discuss and determine if you and the animal are a good match. If yes, you will be contacted to complete the adoption process. The animal’s status will be updated once the adoption process is complete.

More Adoption Information

Adoption Requirements
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • 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);
  • Willingness and ability to provide training, medical attention, and proper care for your new pet.
included with adoption

Every animal in our care receives medical and behavior evaluations, vaccines, microchip, spay/neuter surgery, flea, tick and worm treatments, felv/fiv test for cats at the discretion of our veterinarian, or heartworm preventative for dogs.

Our adoption package includes a temporary leash or carrier, $250 worth of medical care with VCA Animal Hospitals, a certificate for a free examination at a local veterinary hospital, optional discounted pet insurance, and a 30% discount on dog training classes through our program Train the Bay.

Adoption Programs & Promotions
trial paws

Older pets (7+ years) or those who have been available for 30+ days may be available for trial adoptions. Trial adoptions are only available for residents of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

golden paws

Senior adopters (65+) receive a 50% reduced fee for falling in love with an older pet (7+ years).

military paws

Adoption fee waived for veterans with valid photo ID. Terms apply, please contact us or ask for more details when you are visiting the shelter.

Post-Adoption Resources

When you adopt a dog or a cat from Berkeley Humane, you become a part of our extended family, and our goal is help ensure your success. In addition to the post-adoption resources we provide to our adopters, we also offer pet-related services and helpful tips through our Resource Center.

Berkeley Humane adopters can contact us for behavior or health advice. Call our post-adoption advice line at (510) 845-7735 x204, or submit a contact form.

Please state when you adopted, and describe your pet’s challenges in detail. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • If you adopted an animal from Berkeley Humane within the past seven (7) days and have any health concerns about your pet, please contact the Berkeley Humane Veterinary Hospital at 510-845-7735. During this time period, we provide free post-adoption medical care by appointment only for shelter-associated conditions including internal and external parasites, respiratory infections (including kennel cough and feline upper respiratory infection), and incision complications.
  • Our post-adoption medical care policy does not include routine, preventive care (vaccines, deworming), treatment for post-adoption accidents/injuries, treatment of other pets in the household, or treatment that is outside the capabilities of our basic hospital facility.
  • Berkeley Humane partners with 19 VCA hospitals to provide care for pets adopted from our organization. Adopters receive up to $250 of care (excluding certain conditions) for up to 14 days from the date of adoption.
  • Berkeley Humane adopters may also receive one complimentary exam within five (5) days of adoption from local veterinary hospitals listed here.

Dog training classes at Train the Bay are discounted for Berkeley Humane adopters! The discount code is located in your adoption packet.

Questions? Visit our FAQs page.

adoption center

Learn more about our on-site adoptions and our adoptions by appointment.

cat adoption fees
dog adoption fees
adoption resources

We are committed to supporting our adopters.

Alumni updates

We love to see how our adopted animals are doing! Share your story on social media #berkeleyhumanealumni for a chance to be featured.

Where's the Mobile Adoption Center?

The Mobile Adoption Center will be at Thrift Shop Berkeley Humane, at 1120 Solano Ave in Albany, every Saturday at 11 am, weather permitting. We’ll see you there!