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The animals in our care are varied in color, shape, size and background. Each of their stories is just as unique. What they have in common is a chance to find happiness, and security of a loving home. We couldn't be more grateful to you for adopting your dog or cat from us. We invite you to share your East Bay SPCA dog or cat's happy ending with our online community.

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I just wanted to update you on the kitten I adopted in March from the Dublin location. I named her Nora, and she has been the greatest addition to my life! Since the day I brought her home, she has brightened my days to levels I was not expecting. I have thoroughly enjoyed the playful and extremely cuddly nature of this kitty. She helped me through a very rough period in my life, and I don't know how I would have made it without her. I look forward to showering her with lots of love for the next long while....

Thank you, East Bay SPCA, for all that you do and most especially for Nora."

Buster's Tail - Family Comes in all Shapes & Sizes

Anyone who says money can't buy love...has never paid an adoption fee!


The young man sleeping on the couch has lived with us since he was 19 months old.

The spotted little guy Boots is 2 years old and was saved from animal control.

And our newest addition to the family is Buster. Adopted from East Bay SPCA on March 9th, 2016. He turned 1 year old this month.

March has always been a rough month for our family. On March 3, 2009 we became guardians of the beautiful boy sleeping. Two hours after leaving court, my husband had a massive stroke, on March 9, 2009 he passed away. After years of knowing only sadness on this day, Buster Rhyme wagged his way into our hearts. We are his forever family and we are forever grateful for the cheer he brought back into our home.


Clementine " Little Squirrel" Villa, formely known as Donna


I had been daydreaming for a long time about the perfect cat, whom I was destined to meet and welcome into my family.  I would steal away time throughout my day to sneak a peek at any ads posted on various websites, hoping to connect with a certain pic and have everything fall in to place.  My best friend, who knew about the journey I was on told me that she had adopted her two boy cats from the East Bay SPCA in Oakland and that I should give it a try. With my birthday a week away, I decided that that day would be the day where I would drive out to the East Bay SPCA in Dublin and hopefully meet my cat of my dreams. 

    Let me tell you something, I did! The facility was beautiful, it was clean and the energy amongst the staff was great, eveyone was really helpful, chill and even had a form to fill out that would match me with the perfect candidates. Clementine was the second cat I saw.  She was small, funny and instantly snuggled with me once I sat down to spend some time with her. What made me take her home was the fact that she kept her eye on me and saw me visit other rooms and kept jumping up and down like a little doggie to get my attention to come back, and that's exactly what I did. She came home with me that day and has been apart of my family for over a year and a half.

  I know everyone thinks that they have the perfect cat, but I really think I do. Clementine is beautiful, smart, funny and has grown into a graceful young lady. She has a buddy named Travis,  a neighbor cat who comes to see her every morning and night ( she is a indoor girl, he is a outdoor boy), they lay together in the sun on the opposite side of the screen door, she loves treats, naps and playing tag. I can't say enough good things about her or the East Bay SPCA Dublin. Thank you for taking good care of her before I was her mama!


Meisha Villa

The beautiful Sasha (formerly Jillybean)

In 12 days Sasha will have been with us for a year. She came home to be company for Pirate. While the two of them haven't become fast friends, they certainly keep each other exercised with all the chasing they do!

Sasha has fattened up a little bit since her time behind bars, and she is as cuddly as ever. She sleeps against me every night, and comes running to the door when we come home from work. She's an absolute love, and it's hard to imagine life without her.

Thank you so much for the work that do, and for introducing me to Sasha.

My little tiger Raja formally Amelia

I got Raja after my 2nd visit to the East Bay SPCA Dublin location about a month on 1/27/16. My first visit there Raja had just been neautered and had the little cone around her head so we (my Dad came with me) chose to let her be and rest since we assumed she'd be out of it from the surgery.  My 2nd visit there I was actually headed to the East Bay SPCA Oakland location and at the last minute turned around to go back to Dublin.  The reason was because the one cat I was looking at there wasn't available and I was determined to come home with my kitty that day so we went back to Dublin in hopes of seeing some new kitties.  I went back to the staff, who were amazing and asked them to show me any more new cats they had.  Ultimately I came to Raja as she now had her cone off and was much more lively.  My dad and I went into her little room and I sat down with her and she came right up to me friendly as can be and was just the sweetest thing ever.  After a few minutes I was sure she was the one.  We took her home that day and I and my parents have been SO happy with her ever since!

She's super friendly to everyone that comes over, sits on my lap with me while I watch my shows, she's super playful and loves the toys I got her, she goes to bed when I'm ready for bed and overall I feel like I totally lucked out.  She's everything I wanted and more.  I'm 10 times happier to come now knowing she's there waiting for me (no offense mom and dad haha)  I'm the primary caretaker and I share my room with her so when I come home she follows me every where I go and seems to adore me to death and I just love that.  She even licks me sometimes to clean me when I come back from being gone for a day or so.  So funny but so cute.   Thank you to the wonderful staff at the SPCA for all your help during the process and making it such an enjoyable one!! Raja and I were totally meant for each other!!

A "Stella"r Christmas!


Stella waiting to go to her new home!

Last year, our family cat of 18 years passed away. My mother was really heartbroken and sad to lose such an important part of our family. After about six months, she started talking about welcoming a new cat into our home, but the timing wasn't right.

This Christmas, I realized it was time. I decided to surprise her with a new kitten for Christmas. I tried some private adoption agencies, but I didn't like the atmosphere or the people who worked there. I dropped by the East Bay SPCA on a whim. I found Stella, a 10 month old black and white "tuxedo" cat who had been picked up as a stray. I got in the room with her and she was instantly cuddly and playful and obviously very well integrated and taken care of at the East Bay SPCA.

I adopted her on the spot and introduced her to my mother a few days later on Christmas Eve. We were a little worried about how she'd interact with their Papillon dog, Lacey, and my yorkie-dachshund mix, Jovie, who visits often. It's been about a month now. Despite some initial shyness, the three get on so well! You'd think they'd grown up together.

The East Bay SPCA was so helpful and informative and gave lots of advice on introducing Stella to the four and two legged members of the family. Thanks to their help, Stella is thriving and growing and happily attacking my mother's feet while she sleeps! She basically runs the house, and my mother couldn't be happier!

Barney (formerly Trumpet)

My name is Barney (formerly Trumpet) and my parents found me with my brother at the East Bay SPCA. It was a little hard for me when my brother, Tuba was adopted and we were separated but I was soon adopted by my new doggy parents, Martha & Nick from Redwood City. They set me up in the kitchen which I now share with my mom who loves to cook so I take advantage of it whenever she drops goodies on the floor! My parents are happy now that I'm potty trained after a difficult 3 weeks and now ring my little bell to let them know that I need to go out to the back yard to do my business. I do need to meet other dogs to make some new friends my own size to play and look forward to going to puppy day camps and dog parks in my area. I am a happy-go-lucky little guy who was very fortunate to have been adopted by my parents at the East Bay SPCA. Many thanks from me and my new parents! The three of us are very happy to be together!

Barney, Martha & Nick!


Clark - Adopted from the East Bay SPCA Oakland Adoption Center in December 2013

Adopting Clark was one of the best experiences of my life. Being a Jack Russell Terrier (JRT), he's fit in perfectly into the lifestyle of an active single guy. He tolerates my slow jogging speed…at times, we’ve jogged 15 miles in a day, and he seems just fine. In fact, he’s ready for more the next day! But unlike a typical JRT, he’s pretty calm and well-behaved around home. And yes, he’s intelligent. He can walk and jog without leash on voice command. On a hot summer day, the front door of the home would be open and Clark will calmly sit by the entrance on his bed, and greet the neighbors and their dogs, without going out on the street. On a rainy day, he won’t step onto the carpet after his walks, but will go straight to the garage to get his paws wiped. If you give him another dog’s leash, he’ll walk the dog...no kidding. His playful nature and manners have earned him numerous friends and it seems more neighbors know me because of him -
Thanks to the East Bay SPCA for rescuing him and bringing into my life! Clark says woof-woof.


A perfect match

Ferrett (now known as Alanna) enjoys her new home, and we enjoy her! She runs all over the house, plays with the toys we leave out and with us, snuggles adorably with us in bed, and seems generally quite satisfied to be here. I love how she follows me around at top speed when she's excited, and how she lies down next to me or between my legs when I'm on the computer and she's feeling chill. Her focused, direct stare gathers lots of comments, and it's what drew us to her in the first place.

I'm really impressed by how easy Alanna was to train to be comfortable with guests, and to be OK with getting her claws trimmed. I've been having slower progress in training her to not get scared of her reflection, and to wear a collar or walking harness. (She's not caught up on her shots yet, but I want her to get comfortable with it ahead of time.) But I'm taking things at her pace, and I'm hopeful about making progress in time :) I also haven't started clicker training her yet, and I'm excited to see where that goes.

I think our busy household is perfect for Alanna. There's always someone new to meet, and always someone around to interact with.

Here's an album of Alanna photos my photographer friend took: https://goo.gl/photos/bPDTKfVS1DDQFZMQ9
Tracy and her "forever" home


Tracy (the former Noodle):

June 6, 2015 was a memorable day for me as that is the day I spotted by my new family as they came to meet me at the East Bay SPCA - Oakland Adoption Center.  It was love at first sight!  Because I was recovering from the surgeries received by the fine doctors at the East Bay SPCA - Oakland Adoption Center, I was not able to leave with my new family that day.  I had to wait until June 10.  Although it was sad to leave my animals and human friends at the East Bay SPCA - Oakland Adoption Center, I was thrilled to be going to my “forever” home with my new owner and where I now have an older dog “brother”, Chad and cat “brother”, Charlie, both of whom are rescued animals.  We all get along great.  We have fun lounging in the beautiful backyard where there are lots of trees that provide shade or on the nice, soft furniture (dog and people) in the house and going for long walks in the park-like neighborhoods near our home.  I have graduated from level 1 dog obedience training  and know how to “come”, “sit”, “stay”, “down” and “walk” on command.   The training works well because I am a volunteer therapy dog with my dog “brother” at a facility where my owner’s mother lives. We have fun when we go there as everyone loves us and we love them.  We visit 4 times a week and create quite a sensation when we do.

Oh, yeah, my new name is Tracy (it was “Noodle” before) as my owner likes to name her animals after old radio or movie characters.  Tracy comes from Spencer Tracy, her favorite actor.  I like the name because it is
unique and simple. 

For all of my animal pals at the East Bay SPCA - Oakland Adoption Center, your forever owner is coming for you soon too!  You will be as happy as I am! 

Thank you for the excellent, compassionate care I received from all the wonderful people at the East Bay SPCA - Oakland Adoption Center!
Thank you for giving me another chance and for putting me back together!

Home Sweet Home

We recently adopted Clyde and we couldn't wait to get him home. I think this was most definitely meant to be. Clyde did not spend much time hiding. He is a very confident cat of 4 years and began exploring our home rather quickly. He even tolerated meeting his yellow lab sister right away. Each day of the first week, we noticed that he became more and more comfortable and more playful. He talks to us, loves getting pet and has to be in the middle of things. We have fallen in love. His dog sister thinks he pretty OK too. Clyde, is indeed, home sweet home.

Happy Times with Lord Bartholomeow

Decided to bring in a furry family member about a month ago. Fell in love with him online and was able to adopt him that same weekend. First couple weeks were a bit rough. He spent most of the time hiding under furniture and would only come out to eat if we weren't around. But we were patient and let him adapt to his new surroundings on his own terms. He's since decided to trust us and opened up to show his true personality. A total love bug and purr machine! :) Loves sleeping on mommys bed and playing with his toys. One of the best decisions we've ever made. If you're thinking about getting a new pet please consider shelter adoptions, so many animals are waiting to be loved and deserve good homes.  

From Butters to Goldilocks, AKA Goldie

Goldie (Goldilocks) , fka Butters, is doing great in her new home in Sun City, AZ with Margot. This is a picture of Goldie and her new best friend Ludwig. I live in Alameda and rescued Ludwig from the EBSPCA in Dublin in 2014. 


My mom (Margot) came to stay with me this past summer. She lost her dear canine companion to lymphoma last fall and thought she would never get anothet dog. I knew better. We spent a couple of months roaming the shelters. I heard about Butters from an email list I was on and we went to the shelter that day. Butter's internet pictures did her justice as she had been abandoned, and possibly abused, and had no fur at all on her hind quarters. We also found out that she was blind even though she is thought to be only 3 years old. Margot initially said "no!" but I pursuaded her to at least give her a chance and visit with her outside. Butters immediately came to us when we called her and curled up on Margot's jacket on the ground outside. While signing up for a trial adoption she fell asleep in my arms, the sweetest little girl ever. 

It is amazing how well she gets around, and easily adapts to new surroundings, even though she is blind. Margot and Goldie were meant for each other, one loves to be a caregiver and the other needs to be taken good care of. They bonded in no time at all. Someone had to save her and it was Margot. 

The EBSPCA has been wonderful in supporting us through and after the adoption process. Keep doing what you do so well! 


Crazy times with Sophie (formerly Daisy)!

Daisy has been part of our family for over 2 weeks now.  We searched for months trying to find a Dachshund or Dachshund mix after losing 2 of our doxies a couple years ago.  We also wanted a sister or brother for our 3 year old rescue lab.  After some very tense days (someone was looking at Daisy and put a hold on her before my husband could get down there and we could get a day off), I woke up on a Sunday and found Daisy's cute little face back on the EBSPCA's available pets again!  My husband and I jumped up, threw some clothes on, grabbed Honey (our lab) and jumped in the car and drove from Antioch to arrive just upon opening.  Although there was line, no one was there specifically for Daisy. It was meant to be!

It was love at first site!  That crazy little girl was running all over the place, so friendly and happy.  It took a few minutes before Honey could figure out how to handle the little girl, but they soon got along wonderfully.  Since then, Honey is learning how to be "gentle" and learned that she needs to lay down to play.

Altough Sophie (formerly Daisy) is a bit stubborn when it comes to potty training, she is extremely smart and has learned "wait" (when the door opens) and almost has her "sit" command down.  She's been on several outings with  us already and we can't wait until she's finished with her Parvo shots so she can walk and hike with us.  Next year she can join all of us on our boat outings on the Delta and learn to ride with Honey in our motorcycle sidecar for more adventures!

It was well worth the trouble to find the right RESCUE dog.  With so many homeless dogs, we couldn't in good conscience go any other way but rescue. 

Thank you for our sweet and funny little girl!!

Archer- Home at Last

Hello, I adopted Archer (formerly know as Travolta) on "clear the shelter day" and it was the best decision I've ever made. He has been the most well behaved, cuddly, and hilarious ball of fur from the moment I brought him home. He loves attention and will walk all over my computer when its on my lap instead of him. He loves to watch videos of birds and squirrels on my computer. The only time he stops purring and kneading is when he falls asleep. He is an indoor only cat, but I've been taking him on walks in my court everyday.

He loves to lay sprawled out on his back wand look up at the sky, with the most contented look on his face. There is so much wonder and emotion in those smart amber eyes. He is a little tiger in the making and will be very agile and strong as he gets older. I feel so honored to get to watch him grow up and see how he changes more everyday. He is my best friend and my baby. Thank you East Bay SPCA for making this dream a reality. He was lucky to end up in a shelter as great as the spca. Keep up the good work!


Hugs & Hello's from Bernie


Since our family has adopted Bernie July 5th, I must say that he is a perfect addition to our family. Road trips between our home in Concord and Campbell, he has acclimated very well and runs around the house with toys that squeak. Dog parks and being around various dogs are his best activity ... He's a social butterfly ...

Happy story to share: Adoption

I wanted to share the progress of my adoption. About a month ago I adopted Franklin a 5 yr old miniature poodle from the East Bay SPCA - Oakland Adoption Center.

We had a few rough weeks getting him to transition, get on a new schedule, try new foods and know that he was safe and loved but after a few weeks his personality blossomed!

Here are a few images of Franklin now Marley. He is such a sweet boy and everyone is now obsessed with him. When I come in the door or call on the phone my family and friends ask "where's Marley?!"

Thank you East Bay SPCA for the work that you do!

Myisha Procter


I adopted 13-month old Jazz June 25, 2015 and she's settled in nicely at our home. Very playful in the morning and evening. But she still likes to be on my lap for some petting and love. She is a bit of a deva though and only likes to eat when her bowl is placed near the kitchen table...😺. She's already won me over! Your staff was very helpful and friendly in helping me find a cat.....and Jazz is perfect!

From Batman to Baby...


I'd like to share my story of a successful adoption, also during the month of June... in 2013. I also adopted a super hero cat who was named Batman (at the East Bay SPCA) at the time. He had been there for 4 months and was 5 1/2 years old. His owner had given him up. I am so lucky my kitty and I found each other! I can't imagine my life without Baby...his new name, as he is my little love bug and ever so playful friend at a little more than 7 years old now. He still behaves as if he were still a kitten, hence the name Baby...it just stuck!! He is my sweet little pride and joy and again, I cannot express how grateful that I found him at the East Bay SPCA 3 years ago.

Denise Abney


Chelsea and I couldn't be happier together. She's a crazy, bouncy, joyful, scrappy, happy girl and I'm 100% in love with her.
Thank you, East Bay SPCA, for taking care of her until I came along.   :-)



Gracie (formerly Thumper) is already beloved. She joined our family at 4 1/2 months, and easily settled in to her new home. 

Gracie is a lovebug who enjoys being held and cuddled, explores nooks and crannies with zest, and has achieved a solid firendship with her neighbor cat. She curiously welcomes new toys and warms up to new humans in short time.

Following precious companionship with two prior East Bay SPCA dogs, Gracie is my very first cat encounter. She has won me over to appreciation of cat qualities and friendship.

Welcome Gracie.


Rugby is very happy and continues to be my trainer. We run 4x a week and he walks with my husband on my off days. He no longer barks at people on their bicycles, and walks by other dogs without barking...as long as I have a treat ready (: however, he hates rollerbladers with a passion. 😂

He is spoiled and happy💜

From Rugby's forever home,

The Stilwell's


Rafael aka Chipper formerly Catfish

After losing our 17 1/2 year old tabby, we needed a companion for our 10 year old Mau mix.  On April Fool's Day I saw "Catfish", an adorable 1 year old, posted on the East Bay SPCA website and we went straight from BART after work and brought him home.  He first got a name change to Chipper because we'd never had a cat with a microchip before, and it's still his nickname, but officially he is Rafael, the guardian angel with his new buddy Gabriel.  They took to each other within a week and play together more than any cats we've ever had.  My husband put up cat shelves on our living room wall (catification, yes we're really cat people) and they run around on them, sleep on them, spy on us from above.  He's added to the laughter in the house and definitely took possession of our hearts in record time (though Gabriel is still the alpha owner in the house).


My wife, Stacey, has long wanted to have a dog.  For various reasons we were unable to adopt one until recently, when I surprised her with a dog adoption for her birthday.  Growing up, my family had three guidelines for dogs: Female, mutts, and spayed.

We went to the East Bay SPCA early on a Wednesday morning and the very first dog we saw was perfect.  She was tiny, wiggly, and friendly and Stacey fell in love with her almost instantly.  We took the puppy home that day and named her Shadow.

This decision - to get my wife a dog - is possibly one of the best I've made in my life.  Watching them interact is one of the great joys in my life.  Shadow has quickly became a member of our family and loves playing with Chloe, our maine coon (though our other cat, Clementine, remains wary).  

Shadow loves people, peanut butter, and chasing squeaky toys.

-Brandon Harris

A Happy New Beginning for Pinto (formerly known as Doug Funny)

My husband finally agreed to let me have a dog. I had a specific personality type in mind, so that morning we set off for the East Bay SPCA Dublin Adoption Center hoping for the perfect little 4 legged companion would be there waiting for us. When we got there, we saw this little guy called Doug Funny looking sad and shy in his kennel.

After meeting him, we felt like he'd be the perfect addition to our family. The shelter warned us he was shy and that it'd take time for him to come out of his shell. We renamed him Pinto and when we got him home, within 15 minutes, he was running around our garden, rolling on his back wanting tummy rubs and generally be a happy, waggy tail little guy.

We've had him nearly a month now and each day we see what a loving, sweet, confident-yet-quiet little guy Pinto really is. He's super quiet and impeccably house trained. And if that wasn't perfect enough, he absolutely loves playing fetch and with other dogs, so much so, that when we take him to the dog parks, he's the life of the party, zooming around and playing with any dog that he can.

We're so incredibly grateful to have found him - he really is the most perfectly well-behaved & friendly little guy. He's brought so much additional love into our lives and brought our home to life.

Thank you,


River and Doctor

Sometime in October I took my boyfriend's kids to pick out a cat. His family had never had cats before, and our space wouldn't accomadate a dog. I fell in love with many adults cats, but I made the mistake of bringing kids so a kitten it was! I also have impulse control issues and one cat became two kittens. Fluffington and Maryanne were there names originally. I changed them to River and Doctor. They are currently very happy and active, though Doctor is a bit of a butthead sometimes. River is very cuddly and loving. Doctor plays fetch and River like toys. They both love boxes. I'm so happy I decided to go the East Bay SPCA -Dublin Adoption Center.

Lucy aka Lucy Goosey

We adopted Lucy(Zowey) from the East Bay SPCA Dublin Adoption Center in August of 2014. The transition from shelter kitten to house kitten was almost instant. Lucy has slept with us since day one and wasted no time exploring her new domain. She enjoys playing fetch, shredding paper, taking naps and acting a fool. Lucy is my first cat and I'm so grateful she chose me.  


Thanks East Bay SPCA,

Lorraine & Jeff 

Kingston the Cat

I adopted Kingston aka "Jessup" last year after Christmas 2014.  The adoption was an xmas gift from my boyfriend.  At first, Kingston didn't warm up to me during our first interaction.  He hopped on my boyfriends lap and showed no interest in me. Because of that, I kept looking at other cats to adopt.  But for some reason, my boyfriend said that Kingston was the one for me.  I was a little skeptical at first, but I'm so happy I adopted him.  Now he's my little shadow and I'm so in love with him. He greets me when I come home, he sits on my lap when I watch TV, sleeps at the edge of my bed at night and he's the best cuddler ever!  He's very social, well mannered, loyal and just chill all around.  All my family and friends love hanging out with him and they all admire his handsome looks.  I'm very lucky to have him and I'm happy he's a part of the family now. Kingston was the best Christmas gift ever!


Linda Gordon adopted Saroyah in 2013 from the East Bay SPCA in Oakland. Saroyah was a Second Chance kitty. At the time, Lindas husband was dying and she was seeking a feline companion who would be acceptable to her not-fond-of-cats husband. She chose Saroyah because she was about 3 or 4 years old and deemed kind of couch potato. Lindas friend, Kathleen Krentz paid the discounted adoption fee as a gift for Linda during a difficult time.

Despite concerns that her husband would be disturbed by a lively cat, in his last months he was instead charmed by her. Once she found her forever home, this kitty re-discovered life and was soon re-named Zoomba.”  After he died, Zoomba was indeed a loving companion and Linda and Zoomba are so bonded—its really one of those only at the East Bay SPCAstories.

Lindas friend, Kathleen, shared this story as a small way of saying thank you, and to share one reason why
the East Bay SPCA is close to her heart.

Aiko now known as Thor adopted 2/4/15


I feel overwhelmed with joy because Thor is taking his new home so well. I found him on the internet and fell in love not knowing when I went to check him out at the East Bay SPCA - Oakland he had also chosen me too. They said he was very shy and reserved and wouldn't really come out to play when people would come to check out the cats, but when I sat in the room he woke up from is slumber to greet me. I guess he never really did that with strangers. Lucky for us we found each other. I currently have another cat, which is why I was looking for another bacause I felt Thunder (my black cat) needed a companion. Introductions have been going well a little hissing and jealousy but nothing harmful. I think they will be best friends in no time. 


Stanford the Cat
In July of 2003, when it became clear that our new cat Berkeley was lonely after my wife began working full time, we went to the East Bay SPCA to find him a friend.  Immediately we found this black and white at your facility named "Checkers." His tail was missing, he had scars all across his nose, chunks were missing from his ears, and the pads of his paws were horribly cracked. Within two hours of meeting, we took him home.

We renamed him "Stanford" because it's always adorable (and never cloying) to have cats with matching names.  He took to my wife and his new feline companion immediately. With me it was a much slower process; it was a year before he would be alone in a room with me and over two years before I could hold him. But we made progress and he learned to relax and be secure in the fact that his new home was safe.  He grew into an outgoing cat who greeted every visitor with head butts and a purr akin to a lawnmower. He nurtured a voracious appetite that saw him grow from a malnourished 7 lbs to 15 at his peak.

He was with us through 4 moves around the Bay Area, always content as long as he had a hand to scratch his muzzle and a sun beam to lay in.  He was as perfect pet as anyone could have.

Last October, after 12 years together, his companion Berkeley passed away after a brief illness. Stanford continued on, but his demeanor was never the same. Two weeks ago he suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the vet but they were unable to prevent the inevitable.  He left our family lying peacefully as my wife stroked his ears and told him what a good cat he was.

I'm writing this post to thank your organization for saving Stanford those many years ago. He enriched our lives in ways I think we still don't completely comprehend and, in turn, we gave him a life free of stress and discomfort.  As a volunteer at the SPCA in San Francisco, I know those of us who rescue these animals often see them at their lowest and most sad. They leave the premises for their forever homes and we don't get to share in the daily joy that comes from seeing that rescued animal grow and blossom. It's an unfortunate part of the job that all the love and hard-work often does not pay-off in ways we can fully appreciate.

I have no idea if anybody there remembers "Checkers" or was even there in 2003, but on behalf of all the animals you've saved before and since then, I hope you can take some pleasure in his story and know that it is indicative of the good work you do every day.

Thank you for our friend.

Princess Petunia and Special Precious

I wanted to write to give you an update about the 2 cats my family adopted on
April 13, 2014. Their shelter names were paddywhack (the tabby) and the white
one was "cool whip."

Their names are now Princess Petunia and Special Precious, respectively.

They are both really sweet and funny cats. We call special precious DQ for
drama queen because she is quite the little dramatic princess. We cannot
imagine how she ever survived 1 minute homeless!

Princess petunia is very mellow and affectionate; I am so glad she waited
patiently to be adopted. Definitely everyone else's loss and my great gain.

Thank you so so very much for all you do!!!!

Jennifer Saxer

Luna :)

I adopted Luna, our tripawd German Shepherd from The East Bay
SPCA-Dublin on December 12th, 2014. When my husband and I first saw her three
weeks prior, she was unavailable due to needing a dental surgery and to be
spayed. We were told we could call back and check the status any time. For
TWENTY TWO days one of us called daily until she was finally available. From
the first time we saw her, we knew she would be the perfect fit for our family.
Sorry to all the front office gals who had to put up with our calls every day!
Once Luna was available, they told us she was first come first serve..so guess
who stood outside 2 hours before they opened?

Well, the persistence paid off. That day, I walked out with Luna
and our family hasn't been the same since. Luna is absolutely amazing to say
the least. Her first stop was Petco, were she was EXTREMELY spoiled with
treats, toys, and attention. Luna has adapted to our home very well. She hasn't
gone potty in the house a single time (we've had her three weeks now) and she
is so well behaved. When she is feeling playful, she likes to take all of her
toys out of her basket and throw them around the living room! Her favorite
three things are: her zebra blanket she sleeps with on her bed every night, her
huge lobster stuffed animal, and above all...my husband! She is definitely his
shadow. When he gets home from work, she turns into a puddle of mush.

Every morning around 5am, Luna and I take a 30 min walk, and when my husband
gets home in the evening, she gets another 30min walk before she settles in for
the night. This weekend will be her first time coming out with us on a hike!
Luna adapted very well with her three legs. She can outrun me any day!

Thank you East Bay SPCA for giving us such a sweetheart. Luna says
hello and hopes her other friends find homes soon too!


Much love from our family,

Kimber and Andrew Hutchings

Nothing but fun!

We adopted Banana (Aileen) 2 years ago. She was the so frightened when we first met. Nonetheless, your staff/volunteer was diligent about getting her to come out and meet us even after I had long given up. She was delightful once we got outside. She's slowly but surely gained confidence and has proven to be the perfect addition to our pack. We travel with our two dogs all the time and she's always up for an adventure! We're sending a huge thank you to your staff for seeing the potential in this little love!  

Best, Michelle and Sara

Spirit is Spirited!!



We adopted Spirit at the East Bay SPCA -Dublin office in June 2014. He was orphaned when his human mom passed away. We don't know anything about his life before us, and he is set in his ways. He's been training us daily on how to deal with him. He is very friendly and funny and has a bark that turns heads. Its more like a "honk". Spirit is happy but he sometimes seems so sad.. and he is very clingy. We traveled to Indiana for 3 months this summer and Spirit went along. He was happy and got along well with the other dogs. He's a sweetheart and we love him! I wish I knew more about him though! His former family members are certainly welcome to let me know anything about him. Spirit somehow made me feel a connection with his former owner in some way.. I want to understand it more. He's definitely a woman's dog... but he does love his human daddy very much too! He loves everyone! Babies make him nervous but I never leave my dogs unattended with any child! I'm sorry I got him under the circumstances that I did, but I'm glad that he came to me. I will always keep him and love him enough for me and his past family too! I hope his former "mom" knows he is safe and loved! 

Maximus the Great

My husband and I recently adopted a brindle Pit mix from the East Bay SPCA - Dublin adoption center. As we walked through the shelter, it became increasingly hard to choose between one cute puppy and another! We pressed on, making sure we saw everyone, and then we ran into "Ritz." As his shelter-mates barked and jumped, he just sauntered over and shyly sniffed at us. Since we already have a 6-year-old lab/hound mix, we knew our new pup needed to be a bit calm (well, as calm as a puppy can be!) so we asked to see Ritz in a private room. First, he spent the time trying to sit in our laps and lick us and then moved on to fetching the tennis ball and sliding into the walls. We knew this docile pup had to be ours! 

Now that Maximus (his new moniker) has been home for a few weeks, he is definitely comfortable. He is loving and cuddly, knows where to use the bathroom, and loves sleeping through the night in his crate. He loves playing with his older brother, Abraham, and is a star student in his puppy training class. We are so thankful to the people of East Bay SPCA for having such a love for animals and for making Max's month at the shelter a smooth one. Here is a shot of the beautiful boy with his older brother! 

If at first you don't succeed...

We lost our precious BB in February, 2014.  No one took the loss harder than Desi, our 10 year old ocicat.  BB had been his buddy, partner-in-crime, bunk-mate, etc. ever since Desi was a kitten.  After some time, we decided to find a new friend for Desi and restore the family to 4.  We brought home a 1 year old female who I promptly fell in love with, but who terrorized Desi.  Territorial with tons of energy, she drove Desi out of all of “his” places.  Within 6 weeks, he had lost 3 pounds and his voice… he’d stopped purring and when he’d meow, no noise would come out.  We sadly returned the little girl to her foster, and worked on stabilizing Desi.  We still felt that a second cat is a good idea, so after Desi returned to his feisty self, we went in search of an adult male.  A calm, gentle soul… a mirror of our Desi, rather than a contrast.

I visited the  East Bay SPCA to meet one particular cat (let’s say “Z”), and he seemed a good fit.  So I brought Steve back to meet Z the next day.  As I was sitting on the floor watching Steve get acquainted with Z, this other cat… an unassuming charmer… promptly claimed my lap… burrowing himself as far as he could go into my chest… looking up with one of those adoring stares that only our furry friends can deliver.  I asked the East Bay SPCA staff member “who’s this guy?”  She said “that’s Amadeus.”  “Was he here yesterday?  Why didn’t I notice him?”  She responded “yes, he was here… he’s been here for 6 months.”  My heart broke.  WHY?!  Why had this special boy been here for so long?  The answer was simply “he’s a black cat.”  It’s true.  Black cats have it rough in the world of adoption; they have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate.  Add to that, Amadeus had a skin allergy and he would itch himself raw in places.  The backs of his ears had almost no fur on them.  And he was lonely… his friend/partner who he had been surrendered with had been adopted out months ago.  Poor gentle soul.

We had planned to adopt after going on vacation that week, but instead we cancelled our vacation and went back the next day.  To bring Amadeus home.  All the while I was praying Desi would accept him.  I couldn’t take another failure.  Returning a pet to foster or a shelter… it’s just not something I ever thought I would do and when we had to do it with the 1 year old… I was just sick over it.  But we really thought we’d learned our lesson.  Find a cat that is SIMILAR in age/temperament.  Fingers crossed!  We renamed our new family member Jack.  We put him on a prescription kibble for sensitive skin.  He stopped scratching himself to bits… the fur on his ears grew back.  And he’s become my little shadow; follows me everywhere.  Sleeps on my chest at night.  Greets me when I walk in the door after work.  Jack is very judicious in regard to his purring, so when he does it’s a real treat.  But the very best part about all of this is this… watching the boys hang together. 

I suppose my point (if there has to be one) is that I’m glad that my partner and I decided to try again.  It would have been easy to just surrender the 2nd cat idea and let Desi remain solo.  But we really believed that if we could find the right fit, and took our time with the introductions… Desi wouldn’t have to be lonely during the day or when we’re out of town… or, ever, really.  And we have the resources for an additional pet, so it seemed a waste not to rescue.  Get at least one more black cat into its forever home.  And so we have.  Thanks much East Bay SPCA for taking such great care of Jack, until we could get to him.  With four of us in the house, it feels like home again.