Berkeley East Bay Humane Society

The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society’s mission is to expedite the placement of adoptable companion animals into appropriate loving homes by providing enrichment, socialization and quality veterinary care while they are living in our no-kill shelter for adoptable animals, and by educating the public about the joys, as well as the responsibilities of pet ownership.  The first step in volunteering is to attend an orientation. Orientations are about an hour and a half, and are held on the first Saturday of each month (except December) or on the Wednesday following the first Saturday

As a private, nonprofit organization, Berkeley Humane works cooperatively with publicly funded municipal shelters throughout the region and other local groups to save all healthy and treatable animals in the East Bay. Our closest partner and friend is Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS). BACS provides animal control field services, enforcement of city ordinances related to animals, impoundment of stray pets, and investigation of animal-related neglect, cruelty, nuisance and bite cases. Berkeley Humane takes the majority of its animals from BACS and other municipal shelters.

They primarily focus on supporting the municipal shelters throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in order to allow them to make space for incoming animals and lower their euthanasia rates. They also provide regular support for partner shelters throughout the region. Berkeley Humane also features an Adoption Center, operates a shelter-only veterinary hospital; Spay the Bay (spay/neuter clinic) vaccination, micropchipping, and deworming clinics; a dog training program; and several other community programs that support pets and their families. While Berkeley Humane does not accept the surrender of stray pets, they will accept owner surrenders of puppy and kitten litters of two or more