East bay spca PET surrender SERVICES

There are a number of options to explore before making the difficult decision to surrender your pet. Giving up part of your family should be your last resort. Before you decide to surrender your cat or dog, please consider the following:

  • Family and friends may be able to help you out.
    Spread the word about your situation and you may be surprised to who steps up to help out. People are often willing to share your situation through word-of-mouth but also via social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

  • Rethink why you want to give up your pet.
    If the reasons are due to your landlord or current living situation, attempt to find alternative arrangements. Temporary boarding might be the solution. Training may also help. We are happy to give you suggestions or share strategies that have helped other owners keep their pets. Consider setting up a training consultation with our Behavior and Training Department - training@eastbayspca.org

  • Difficulty with your current living situation.
    Please look for pet-friendly housing. People are sometimes forced to move for a variety of reasons (financial, family situations, job change, etc.). We urge you to search for pet-friendly housing before considering the difficult decision to leave your pet behind. You can use the Lovely apartment search engine to help find pet-friendly apartments.

  • Give yourself plenty of time to re-home your pet.
    If you need to re-home your pet immediately, you likely will risk placing your pet in an unsafe situation.

  • If your cat or dog is having medical issues, schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.
    East Bay SPCA offers low-cost veterinary services at our Full-Service Veterinary Clinic. The treatment may be easier and less expensive than you think! (Few adopters are willing to take on an animal with unresolved pre-existing medical conditions).

Consider placing an ad for your pet.
You can place an ad online or in local newspapers. However, do not let your desire to re-home your pet cause you to give your pet to someone without ensuring they will be able to provide a lifelong home to your pet.

Wagaroo provides support to owners who need to give up their dog and introduces them to prospective adoptive families. Wagaroo offers a free listing service for owners who need to rehome their dog, and has experienced advisors available as a free resource to owners.

If you have attempted the above, but still need to re-home your pet, please review our admission process below:


Please understand that due to limited space, the East Bay SPCA can not accept every animal brought to us. Therefore, we will accept the surrender of owned cats and dogs by appointment only.

If you found a stray cat or dog: Please contact the local government animal services facility that serves the area where the animal was found.

How to make an appointment:
To schedule an appointment at our Oakland Adoption Center call 510-569-0702 or our Dublin Adoption Center at 925-479-9670. You can also email customercare@eastbayspca.org to find out more information about our admissions process. You can also complete our Online Surrender Form to expedite the process.

To prepare for your scheduled appointment, please use the check list below:

  • A completed owner surrender form: Click to download Dog History Form or Cat History Form
  • All veterinary records for your pet
  • Records that show proof of ownership: These records need to be at least 30 days old and in the name of the person surrendering the animal. Proof of ownership types include a veterinary record, adoption paperwork, or bill of sale. (In accordance with California food and agricultural code section 31108.5 and 31752.2)
  • Your pet's medications, if any
  • Your pet's leash and supplies from home
  • Your pet's crate or carrier
  • Your continuing care fee* in cash, or credit card:
    Dogs: $40.00 per dog, or $70.00 for more than two dogs from the same household. There is a $50.00 for litters of puppies (under 6 months)
    Cats: $30.00 per cat; $50.00 fee for litter of kittens (under 6 months)

    *Why does the East Bay SPCA collect a fee for surrendering a pet? As a private, nonprofit organization dependent on community contributions, we require a continuing care fee when an animals is admitted to us. This fee will help to cover the cost of veterinary treatment and behavioral care, as well as the routine daily care we provide to your pet. Any amount over the continuing care fee is greatly appreciated and will help to offset a portion of the cost of caring for the thousands of animals we assist each year.

When you arrive:

  • We will test your cat for FIV/FELV (feline immunodeficiency virus & feline leukemia virus)
  • Trained staff members will evaluate the behavior of your pet
  • After your pet is screened, we will collect your continuing care contribution if we are able to admit your pet into our Adoption Program

    If we are not able to admit your dog or cat into our Adoption Program, we will take the time to discuss other options with you.