Adopt an animal

Are you ready to adopt?

Adding a pet to your family can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. It can also be a problem if you are not prepared first. Before adopting any pet, first review your lifestyle. Look at the hours you are away from the house, the ages of any children, yard size, allergies of others in the home, and if renting does the landlord allow pets. You also need to be prepared for expenses in general care, medical care, training, equipment and emergencies.

Once you have your list then begin to look at what type of animal would be best suited for your lifestyle. For example, if you are gone for long periods of time an older pet may be best as it may not require as much housebreaking or basic training. Visit the library or numerous websites for information on breeds and their general personalities. Determine what might be the best general type of animal for you. When you visit the shelter you will see a wide range of animals with various demeanors, energy levels and needs. We will assist you in finding the right pet for your home.

Adoption process and fees

When you visit the shelter make sure to fill out the adoption questionnaire while you are looking around.

Not all animals at the shelter may be available for adoption.

Adopted animals cannot go home until they are sterilized. Animals are sterilized after adoption on the next available surgery date.

Be sure to give consideration to our many special needs animals, which due to neglect, require some extra "TLC" and commitment. There pets are anxious to find a loving home.


Dog Adoptions:

Female - $168.50
Male - $143.50

Dog adoptions include a 5 in 1 canine vaccination (DHPPV), Bordatella vaccination, rabies vaccination, sterilization, Hayward license tag (for incorporated Hayward residents only) and a microchip.


Cat Adoptions

Female - $107
Male - $97

Cat adoptions include a 5 in 1 feline vaccination (FVRCP), sterilization, a cardboard cat carrier and a microchip.


Additional Animals for Adoption

Adoptions begin at $20.00 for small animals and range from $70-$85 for rabbits.

The Animal Shelter is located at 16 Barnes Court (near Soto/Jackson Street) in Hayward.


Tuesday-Saturday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the hours of opperation may vary. Contact the Hayward Animal Services Bureau for more information

For more information, please call the Hayward Animal Services Bureau at (510) 293-7200.

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