As Oakland’s eviction moratorium finishes, animal shelter reaches crisis position

OAKLAND – Animal shelters throughout the Bay Area have achieved a crisis amount as far more and extra men and women are surrendering their canines since they can no for a longer period find the money for to preserve them. 

At Oakland Animal Services these times, there is row following row of kennels loaded with pet dogs and cats waiting around to be adopted. Amid the cacophony of barks and the sight of trembling paws, there’s a profound perception of urgency in the air. 

OAS Director Ann Dunn explained the shelter is so packed these times, she may possibly be pressured to do something she’s been hoping to avoid for decades: euthanize canine for place.

“It retains me up at evening. It does seem to be to be outpacing our capacity to assist,” she said. 

The shelter now has all over 140 pet dogs, which is 60 previously mentioned capacity. On the feline side, they are up to 190 cats, 90 above the limit.

A pet dog up for adoption at Oakland Animal Companies


In the final six months, she’s viewed a 25% enhance in canine intakes as persons facial area an ever-expanding housing disaster. Now the shelter is bracing for even extra surrenders, right after the city’s eviction moratorium, enacted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ended earlier this thirty day period. 

“It is terrifying to feel are we actually likely to attain this stage the place we in fact won’t be able to enable all the canine that want it and we’re certainly hovering close to that all the time,” she stated. 

About 40% of the canines at her shelter have been introduced in by pet entrepreneurs who can no more time pay for them due to the fact they’re dropping their housing.  

The shelter has been ready to keep away from euthanasia by pleading for assistance from the group and aggressively pushing its adoption applications.  

It’s one particular of the reasons James and Kathy Paxson drove here from Berkeley and it can be a fantastic point they did. A person search at TJ, a spunky pit- terrier combine, is all it took to signal the papers. 

 “We’ve been type of hunting and waiting around for the just one that really felt ideal and right now was the working day,” James Paxson claimed.

 TJ is a single of the fortunate ones. He not only identified his without end household, but he also has a new identify: Tyoga. 

 “I feel he is familiar with that he’s coming into a superior relatives, and I consider he’s thrilled about that,” James claimed. “Hopefully he understands there is a great foreseeable future in entrance of him.” 

For Dunn, it means a person a lot more lifestyle saved. 

“We are offering it anything we can but it’s just obtaining harder and more challenging,” she claimed. 

If you’d like to adopt any of the canines in this story, call Oakland Animal Services at 510-535-5602 or visit