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Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS) is a city shelter, responsible for taking care of the lost, abused, stray, and unwanted animals in the cities of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont.

1 Bolivar Drive
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-6600


Monday – Saturday  |  10am – 4pm
Wednesday  |  10am – 7pm
Sunday  |  11am – 3 pm

BACS is much more than just another city shelter. In addition to a caring, committed, and knowledgeable staff, more than 1,000 volunteers collectively give an average of 426 hours of their time each week, supporting groundbreaking programs in pit bull placement, feral cat management, and community services.

This cooperation, enthusiasm, and compassion point to why BACS has one of the highest live release rates for a municipal facility in the nation. In April 2009, BACS was the recipient of the prestigious Maddie’s Fund Lifesaving Award, which recognized the shelter’s work in finding homes for all healthy and treatable shelter pets.