If you wanted to get a dog, especially a larger breed, then the City of Oakland Animal Services wants to hear from you. The agency is now asking for the public’s help after announcing that its shelter on 29th Avenue is filled with more than 100 dogs and there is no more room. “We need your help! All of our kennels are full and new animals are entering the shelter every day. We have an unprecedented number of large dogs currently available for adoption, and we urgently need homes for these dogs” , reads an announcement on the Oakland Animal Services website.
The agency is also dramatically reducing adoption fees to help dogs find new owners. Instead of the normal $150 adoption, the shelter now only charges $20 to bring a dog home. Oakland Animal Services director Ann Dunn tells KPIX that the shelter can’t keep up with the new dogs arriving. “They just aren’t being adopted fast enough, so we have more dogs coming in every day than going out,” Dunn says.
The economy is one of the factors behind the influx of dogs. With rising gas and food prices, it seems people just can’t afford to continue caring for their pets. “People have struggled economically throughout the pandemic and I think we’re really starting to see the impact of that where people who love their dogs – and the last thing they want to do is bring them here — bring them here,” Dunn told KPIX.
Larger breeds often require more grooming time from their owners and cost more to feed, but having so many larger dogs arriving at the same time is something the shelter is not used to. manage. “We’re seeing an increase in the number of German Shepherds and huskies coming in and that’s relatively new. We used to see mostly pit bulls,” Dunn told KPIX.
Oakland Animal Services flyer
Oakland Animal Services hopes an extension of adoption hours this weekend will help free up space at the shelter. On May 6 and 7, the refuge will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on May 8, the opening hours of the refuge are from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. “Please come and adopt a big dog!” We have wonderful dogs to fit your home and lifestyle, and our matchmakers will help you find the perfect match,” the ad reads. For more information, see these links: Adoptable Pets and How to Adopt.