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Oakland Animal Services, managed by David Cronin, is responsible for the welfare of animals in Oakland. Animal Control Officers enforce local animal ordinances.
Oakland Animal Services
Phones are answered 9am - 11am Monday - Friday. You may leave a message during other times or call (510) 777-3333 for Field Service. Go to Oakland Animal Services to find out more about animals in Oakland.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Report an Animal Nuisance?
- If it is an emergency (a vicious dog or an animal in distress), call (510) 777-3333.
- If it is not an emergency (barking dogs, obnoxious cats, crowing roosters), call (510) 535-5602.
Please note: Roosters are illegal in Oakland.
What Is the Leash Law in Oakland?
Leashes Are Required (O.M.C. 6.04.070). Go to Dogs in Oakland for more information.
What About Dog Licenses?
All dogs (4 months or older) in Oakland must:
- Have a current rabies vaccination.
- Be microchipped.
- Have a City of Oakland license to prove it.
To learn more about licensing your dog, go to Dog License.
How Do I Report an Animal Bite?
If your pet bites a person or another animal, you are required by law to report the incident immediately to Oakland Animal Services. For more information, go to Animal Bites.
What If I Need to Give My Pet Up?
Tough economic times may have put this painful burden on your shoulders. The kindest thing you can do for your pet is to surrender it to an animal shelter. For more information, go to Surrendered Animals.
How Do I Report an Abused or Neglected Animal?
- If you know an animal is being abused or neglected, call (510) 535-5602.
- If it is urgent, call (510) 777-3333.
How Do I Report Crimes Against Animals?
Any crime against an animal should be reported to Oakland Police Dispatch at (510) 777-3333. Crimes include but are not limited to:
- Cock fights