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 Kittens or Puppies under 6 months old (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

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.


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. 




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.


You can find another local shelter that may be able to accept your animal. Or visit our resources page for tips on keeping your pet or rehoming your pet yourself. 


Found a stray?

Visit our lost and found page with additional tips for found animals.