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Berkeley Humane is committed to supporting our community of pet parents, because when resources are provided to those in need of assistance, fewer animals are surrendered to shelters. 

Our Programs and Services

Pet Food Pantry

Free Pet Food Every Friday & Sunday from 10am-12pm

Our free Pet Food Pantry is now available on Fridays and Sundays from 10am-12pm at our location in Berkeley, CA. No appointment necessary. For cat and dog food only. Click here for more information.

Behavior Advice LIne

Ask a pet expert about your dog or cat behavior concerns . including:

  • Dog: Crate training, fearful behavior, separation anxiety, destructive, behavior
  • Cat: Scratching or biting, litter training or potty issues

Call (510) 845-7735 x215 or submit your inquiry using our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

End-of-life Services

While euthanasia is never an easy decision, it takes a great deal of strength and love. When your dog or cat can no longer live with dignity and without pain, you may opt for euthanasia. Euthanasia is a painless, humane way of ending the life of an animal that is suffering or experiencing a significant reduction in their quality of life.

End of life services at Berkeley Humane are performed in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines by our experienced staff. The veterinarian will conduct an examination and will have discretion over if a euthanasia procedure will be performed. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide cremation services at this time.

COVID-19 Update

In compliance with legal orders and to keep our staff and volunteers safe, Berkeley Humane has suspended many regular programs and services until they are safe to resume. Please email below, but know we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

By appointment only on Tuesday-Thursday between 8:00am and 3:00pm. The fee is $150. Please contact Spay the Bay to make an appointment.

Pet Loss Support

Berkeley Humane is here to help because we know the enormous sadness of losing a pet. We offer a free virtual pet loss support group that meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

We were the first organization in the East Bay to start offering pet loss emotional support. Since 2004, we have provided comfort to thousands of pet parents who were searching for ways to cope with the loss of a beloved family pet.

Sessions begin with a half-hour discussion about a featured stage of grief, followed by an hour for sharing personal grief experiences. Participants may attend the talk, the support group, or both. For more information, please call Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW at (510) 393-1359.

rehome your pet

If you need help finding a new home for your pet, please consider Rehome. You can easily create an online profile for your pet and screen potential adopters. Best of all, your pet stays home with you rather in shelters until a new adopter is found!

Surrendering Animals

Berkeley Humane is unable to accept surrenders of animals by individual owners. To surrender an animal, please contact the municipal shelter in your area. Click here for a list of shelters in the Bay Area.


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.

If you need help finding a new home for your animal, consider Rehome. They help you easily create a profile online for your pet and screen potential adopters. Best of all, the animal doesn’t spend a day in the shelter!

our location

Onsite Services:

We are unable to accept public surrenders.
Please see our Surrendering Animals section for more information.

community spotlight
Spay the Bay

Berkeley Humane offers community spay and neuter services as well as a quarterly low-cost vaccine clinic.

support our work

Berkeley Humane and our programs, including the Community Resources on this page, are funded by grants and the general public. Your donation today will make a difference!


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