Berkeley Animal Care Services

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Who We Are

The City of Berkeley’s Animal Care Services (BACS) is a division of the Office of the City Manager. We provide a wide range of services to our cities’ residents and their pets. Our officers provide field services, seven days a week, to the cities of Berkeley and Albany. These services include the enforcement of city ordinances related to animals, removal of killed or injured wildlife, impoundment of stray pets, and investigation of animal-related neglect, cruelty, nuisance and bite cases. At our shelter, we house domestic animals from the cities of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont. We provide not only a safe haven for these homeless pets, but also adoption services, advice on animal-related topics, lost and found pet reports, and free or low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for Berkeley residents’ dogs and cats.

Come Visit Us!

The shelter is open to the public:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00
Wednesday: 10:00 to 7:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 3:00.

We are closed on the following City holidays:
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Malcom X Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous People's Day (Colulmbus Day), Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and Christmas Day.

We are open on New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday and all other holidays not listed above. We are also open on the City's Reduced Services Days.

Adoption Fees:
Dogs: $125.00 (including spay/neutering, vaccines & microchip).
60/6/60 Adoption Program, Partnering Senior Animals with Senior Friends -- If you are 60 or older and adopt an animal who is 6 or older, you'll get 60% off the adoption fee!

Adoption Criteria Non Bully Breeds: In order to qualify as an adopter, you must bring proof of home ownership or your rental contract showing you are allowed to have pets before the adoption can be completed. If you're coming to adopt a new family or household pet, please bring your family members or other members of the household with you to the shelter -- including any other dogs in the family. We want to make sure your new dog is a good fit for both 2-leggers and 4-leggers alike.

Adoption Criteria Bully Breeds: If you're applying to adopt a bully breed, in addition to the above, your rental contract must specifically state you are allowed to have a bully breed dog at your residence; you must be over 25 years of age; and you must pass a home inspection before the adoption can be completed.

As an added bonus, when you adopt a pit bull through BACS, you can attend Bad Rap's Pit Ed training classes for FREE (normal fee $100). These classes are extremely popular and can have a 6-month waiting list. But, when you adopt a pittie from us, you get to skip the wait and start attending classes right away. You won't find this incredible opportunity through any other shelter. You can read more about Bad Rap's Pit Ed on their website:

Cats: $100.00 (including spay/neutering, vaccines & microchip)
60/6/60 Adoption Program, Partnering Senior Animals with Senior Friends -- If you are 60 or older and adopt an animal who is 6 or older, you'll get 60% off the adoption fee!
Berkeley Animal Care Services
1 Bolivar Drive
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510) 981-6600


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