Animal Services

Who we are and what we do

Business Goals

Respond to Field Service calls for lost or injured animals;

Support pet guardians with limited resources by providing veterinary care and other resources to keep families together;

Protect animals from abusive owners, assist in prosecutions for abuse and neglect, investigate animal bites, and promote responsible pet ownership and humane care; and

Provide food, care and rehoming for shelter animals.


Oakland Animal Services

The Oakland Animal Services (OAS) program is dedicated to improving the relationship between Oakland residents and its animals through the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services. Ensuring both public safety and animal welfare, OAS responds to animal-related calls for service including helping stray, injured, abandoned, neglected, and mistreated animals, and enforces all state and local animal welfare laws within the City.



External Services

Animal Control & Field Services

Respond to public requests to assist injured wildlife, pick up stray, injured or deceased animals, investigate dog bites or animal cruetly.

Shelter Intake & Customer Service

Respond to calls and in-person requests for intake or support of animals and complete intake process.

Veterinary Care

Provide medical care and spay/neuter services for owned animals, primarily for people who are unsheltered.

Animal Adoptions

Provide positive outcomes for animals, through adoption or transfer.

Internal Services

Animal & Veterinary Care

Clean and care for over 5,000 animals housed annually in the shelter, including any medical care and spay/neuter services.