As Oakland’s only open admissions animal shelter, Oakland Animal Services (OAS) serves more than 420,000 residents in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. Last year, OAS took in 5600+ animals including domestic pets, birds, reptiles, farmed animals, and wild animals. Yet the budget provided to OAS by the City of Oakland--the lowest funding per capita of any city animal services agency in the Bay Area-- covers only the most basic care for the thousands of animals admitted to OAS each year.
In support of the herculean efforts of OAS, Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS) was created to support the municipal shelter’s efforts to better care for thousands of animals each year in the face of Oakland’s ongoing budgetary challenges. They receive 100% of our funding from grants and individual donations; some of the main funding areas include:
-Emergency and specialized medical care;
-Equipment needed to help veterinary staff better care for shelter animals on-site;
-Adoption outreach and foster program support;
-The creation of indoor/outdoor play areas and better animal housing;
-Transportation of animals to both local and out-of-state partner rescue groups;
-Tools to help with Oakland field services, including digital cameras for staff to document cruelty cases and laser thermometers to determine the temperature inside parked cars;
-Community spay/neuter efforts for feral cats and owned animals.
20% of Bulldog and Bourbon proceeds will go towards supporting these areas. We will update you on where these donations are spent.