Bay Area Shelters and Rescue Groups

The Bay Area is home to many wonderful public shelters, private shelters and rescue organizations. While each has the same overall goal (to find responsible homes for as many animals as possible), there are important differences to note.

First, all humane societies and SPCAs are separate organizations; no two are related. These are generic terms that can be adopted by any animal welfare organization. Funding is not distributed between organizations. Local humane societies are not “branches” of the Humane Society of the United States, nor are local SPCAs a branch of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

“Open admission” shelters are city and county public facilities (and sometimes private humane societies and SPCAs with animal control contracts) that take in stray, impounded, and lost/found animals, as well as owner-surrender animals in many circumstances. These shelters receive government funding to house and care for the animals as well as to provide their county with animal control services. They have a large variety of animals available for adoption. Some, though not all, euthanize animals if they have to take in more than can be adopted for a specified time period or if an animal is deemed not safe to the public or suffering from an untreatable medical condition.

“Limited admission” shelters (also known as ‘rescues’) are mostly private humane societies, SPCAs and rescue groups that take in only as many animals as they can care for and adopt out. These organizations do not receive funding from the government or any other organization and are generally financially dependent upon public donations and grants in order to operate. Animals are only euthanized if suffering from an untreatable medical condition, not based on space. It is important to note that not all “limited admission” shelters actually operate a physical shelter; many are based strictly on foster homes. Those with physical shelter facilities have addresses listed below.

It is advised that you call each facility before visiting to be sure of their hours and days of operation.

If you are looking to adopt a certain breed of dog or cat, please also consider contacting breed-specific rescue groups throughout the state.  Visit to locate breed-specific or size-specific dog organizations within your state.  You can also do an internet search for the breed rescue.  Even if organizations listed are out of your immediate area, it may still be worth contacting them as many have contacts beyond their location.


Contra Costa County

Open Admission Shelters Limited Admission Shelters and Rescues

Contra Costa County Animal Services
(East County)

4800 Imhoff Way, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-8300

Contra Costa County Animal Services
(West County)

910 San Pablo Ave., Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 374-3966

Antioch Animal Services
300 L St., Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 779-6989

2890 Mitchell Dr.,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 256-1273

BADRAP (Bay Area Dog Lovers
Responsible About Pitbulls)

Contra Costa Humane Society
(925) 279-2247

Contra Costa SPCA
(925) 825-5156

Community Concern for Cats (CC4C)
(925) 938-2287

East Bay Animal Rescue & Refuge (EBARR)
(925) 429-2785

H.A.L.O. (Homeless Animals
Lifeline Organization)

(925) 473-4642

H.A.R.P. (Homeless Animals’
Response Program)

(925) 431-8546

Alameda County

Open Admission Shelters Limited Admission Shelters and Rescues
Alameda Animal Shelter
1590 Fortman Way, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-8565

Alameda County Animal Control (East)
4595 Gleason Dr., Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 803-7040

Alameda County Animal Control (West)
2700 Fairmont Dr., San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 667-7707

Berkeley Animal Care Services
2013 2nd St., Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-6600

Hayward Animal Shelter
16 Barnes Ct., Hayward 94544
(510) 293-7200

Oakland Animal Services
1101 29th Ave., Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 535-5602

Tri-City Animal Shelter
1950 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 790-6640

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
2700 9th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 845-7735

East Bay SPCA, Oakland shelter
8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 569-0702

East Bay SPCA, Tri-Valley shelter
4651 Gleason Dr., Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 479-9670

Valley Humane Society
273 Spring St., Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 426-8656

Home At Last Animal Rescue
(510) 237-1625

Hopalong Animal Rescue
(510) 981-0890

Smiley Dog Rescue
(510) 496-3484

Other Counties

Open Admission Shelters Limited Admission Shelters and Rescues
Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-4621

Peninsula Humane Society
12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-7022

San Francisco Animal Care & Control
1200 15th St., S.F., CA 94103
(415) 554-6364

San Francisco SPCA
2500 16th St., S.F., CA 94103
(415) 554-3000Humane Society Silicon Valley
901 Ames Ave., Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 262-2133Pets Unlimited, San Francisco
2343 Fillmore St., S.F., CA 94115

 Small Companion Animal Rescue



Cavy Spirit (Guinea Pig Adoption & Rescue)

Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue

East Bay Rabbit Rescue

House Rabbit Society

North Star Rescue

Rattie Ratz

Companion Bird Rescue

Feathered Follies

Lisa Myers – Call (925) 302-6466

Farm & Barnyard Animal Rescue

Animal Place