Adoptable Animal of the Week: Paris

on January 25, 2011

Oakland North is continuing with our new feature. Every Tuesday, Oakland Animal Services will spotlight an “Animal of the Week” that’s up for adoption at their facility.  This week it’s Paris:

Paris is a four-month-old kitten who is cuddly and enjoys being held.  When she first arrived at Oakland Animal Services, she was shy but she now she is very friendly and outgoing. She’d probably do best in an adult home or one with older children. Please consider giving Paris a home. Visit Oakland Animal Services at 1101 29th Avenue, Oakland, CA and ask to see Paris. You can also go to www.oaklandanimalservices.org.

Part of the Oakland Police Department, Oakland Animal Services is both an Animal Control unit—which is in charge of the city’s public safety and animal welfare—and a shelter, which helps abused, neglected and abandoned animals within its facility.

4 Comments

  1. Samantha on January 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I would like to urge people who are looking to adopt an animal to please go to Oakland Animal Services before anywhere else. My sister, who has worked at an animal hospital for 10 years, recently informed me that animals at places like OAS are on a timeline as soon as they arrive. I was unable to find info on their website to confirm this. Except a blurb at the bottom of their FAQs states:

    “Are animals euthanized at the Oakland Animal Services shelter?

    Yes. Oakland Animal Services is an open-door facility, and takes in any homeless animal in Oakland that needs help. We therefore take in very sick, severely injured and very aggressive animals that cannot be safely adopted or transferred to a rescue organization. These animals are humanely euthanized by injection at the shelter.”

    Which makes it sound like they only euthanize the deathly ill animals. Somehow I don’t believe this is the case though. Does anyone else know for sure?



    • Emily on January 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

      I am a volunteer at Oakland Animal Services. I can tell you for a fact that no animal is placed on a timeline at the shelter. There is no limit to the length of time an animal can be held at OAS. Staff and volunteers sometimes run campaigns for specific animals that have been at the shelter for a long time. After being at a shelter for so long, many animals’ behaviors change. They are not in their natural environment, and this can cause a lot of stress on the animal. OAS supports and helps each and every animal that comes into its doors. Animals are only euthanized due to severe behavioral or health issues. OAS can speak further to this.



      • Samantha on January 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

        Good to know! Thanks so much for the information Emily 🙂



  2. Dara Kerr on February 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Good news–Oakland Animal Services says that Paris has been adopted.



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