Berkeley Animal Care Services


Address:1 Bolivar Drive
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Wed: 10am - 7pm
Sun: 11am - 3pm

Phone:(510) 981-6600

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The City of Berkeley’s Animal Care Services (BACS) is a division of the Office of the City Manager.  We provide a wide range of services to our cities’ residents and their pets.We provide field services, seven days a week, to the cities of Berkeley and Albany.  These services include the enforcement of city ordinances related to animals, removal of killed or injured wildlife, impoundment of stray pets, and investigation of animal-related neglect, cruelty, nuisance and bite cases.At our shelter, we house domestic animals from the cities of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont.  We provide not only a safe haven for these homeless pets, but also adoption services, advice on animal-related topics, lost and found pet reports, and free or low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for Berkeley residents’ dogs and cats. 

Licensing and Citations

This article describes the processes for licensing your dog and clearing citations (both BAMC and City of Berkeley).

How to License Your Dog

Every dog living in the City of Berkeley and over the age of 6 months must be licensed. You can purchase your Berkeley dog license at the Animal Shelter, 2013 2nd Street during regular business hours or at the License and Collections Department, 1947 Center Street, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You may also access information regarding dog licenses online at: Animal Licenses

You must provide proof of current rabies vaccination and, if applicable, a veterinarian certificate of spay or neuter. Spayed or neutered dog licenses are half price.


The Berkeley Animal Care & Services Division issues two types of citations.

1. Berkeley/Albany Municipal Court Citations (BAMC)
Purchase your dog license as described above.

Take the citation and proof of current dog license to either:

The Traffic Window, 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 1st floor (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or
The Animal Shelter, 1 Bolivar Drive -- Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat -- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. , Wed. -- 10:00 to 7:00 and Sun. -- 11:00 to 3:00..
Failure to complete this process within 14 working days from the date of violation will result in a fine.

2. City of Berkeley /Administrative Citations

The role of the administrative citation is give violators a strong financial incentive to cure their violations.

The process of obtaining a dog license remains the same. Along with the purchase of the dog license is a $100.00 fine that is processed as a penalty for violation of a City ordinance.

Adoption Fees

Dogs $125.00
Cats $100.00
Rabbits $25.00
Birds $25.00
Exotics $25.00
Rodents $10.00

60/6/60 Adoption Program
Partnering Senior Animals with Senior Friends -- If you are 60 or older and adopt an animal who is 6 or older, you'll get 60% off the adoption fee!

Adoption Criteria (Non Bully Breeds):
In order to qualify as an adopter, you must bring proof of home ownership or your rental contract showing you are allowed to have pets before the adoption can be completed. If you're coming to adopt a new family or household pet, please bring your family members or other members of the household with you to the shelter -- including any other dogs in the family. We want to make sure your new dog is a good fit for both 2-leggers and 4-leggers alike.

Once the adoption papers have been completed, your new cat or dog will be transported to a vet by the Animal Shelter. You can pick up your new pet at the veterinarian. The cost for this procedure is included in the adoption price.

All cats and dogs adopted from the shelter will be neutered or spayed before going home as your new pet.

For information about low-cost veterinary clinics and our Low Cost Spay & Neuter Voucher Program program, please call the shelter at (510) 981-6600.