Meet Eagle! Eagle was born May 2012 and quickly found his way to the Oakland Animal Shelter. We were looking to adopt a new cat to start 2013, and we made the decision to adopt a black cat because we knew how much more difficult it was for them to find a home. It was love at first sight as we played with him, and the shelter staff was thrilled that he was finally adopted after many long months of waiting. Eagle quickly made an impression on our other cats, and his endless energy has always kept things interesting! Whether it’s running through the apartmentRead More →

Meet Cashew! We first met Cashew at an adoption event for the Stonecliff rescue group where he was the most snuggly, best behaved puppy we’d ever met. We marvel daily at how much we love him, and how much goofy entertainment and joy he brings to our lives. He loves nothing more than ball, but treats and hikes are a close second. His biggest fear are the hellbeasts known as city buses with their loud, large, terrifying drive-bys.Read More →

Meet Rufus! When Rufus was about two months old he was rescued by an amazingly awesome Berkeley Police Department Officer during an arrest of his then owner. The Officer turned Rufus over to the Berkeley Animal Shelter, which is when he came to my attention. I had never seriously thought about adopting a cat, but something about his face and his story compelled me to visit him. When I did, there was no going back. When the Officer saw him, she realized there was something special about him… and something different about his tail. Unlike most cats, Rufus has a twisty, short, stubby tail: RufusRead More →

In honor of Senior Pet Adoption Month we bring you a story from staff member Rosa: I adopted my senior cat, Fatty, the day that she was to be euthanized at the shelter. Why was she going to be euthanized? Well, she was oldish – about 11 and had terrible periodontal disease. She has been at the shelter for over 3 months and her time was up. I immediately fell in love with the sassy resting-grumpy face and hearty purr. The day I brought her home was the first day in my new apartment. She walked about of the carrier, sniffed around, and then satRead More →

How did we meet? How does any relationship begin these days, online. I’d spent several weeks looking at profile after profile of mature males with charming pictures, clever screen names and flattering descriptions: sporty, laid back, cuddly or mellow. I’d read them all, bookmarked a few even called to arrange some meetings. When I’d meet them I found these older guys to be lacking, jaded “seen it all” or too assertive almost aggressive, they would have done anything to go home with me ,frankly it was a turn off , I was feeling zero spark, zero chemistry. Then late one Friday afternoon I was checkingRead More →

Meet Bella! Bella is my wonderful little girl. I got her when she was about 3 months old. I was at a friend’s house who had just gotten a puppy. She was so cute. I wanted to steal her. At that point, my friend told me that her sister was in need of a home. He made a call and 15 minutes later, this cute little chocolate Miniature Pincher was at the door. It took about a minute for her to worm her way into my heart. I took her home that night. She is the Alpha dog in our pack. Bella loves to snuggle and curl up under the blankets. Her favorite outings are camping, the beach, andRead More →