Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I help OSPA and the animals?

There are many ways you can help. Monetary donations, by cash or check, are always appreciated and you can also volunteer your time at the Oakdale Shelter. If you are interested in volunteering, click here to reach the City of Oakdale’s website and select CIVICS Volunteer Program. From there you can click on the application form, print it and either mail the application to the city or take to city hall in person.

Why is it necessary to spay or neuter your pet?

The facts are simple. Across the country, and in Stanislaus County, there are too many pets, and not enough homes. The result is thousands of animals being put to death each year. Spay/neutering also helps animals live longer, healthier lives by eliminating or reducing the incidence of a number of health problems. Your pet is also less likely to wander from home in search of a mate and you avoid the cost and heartbreak of a lost pet.

Is the Oakdale Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter?

No, the Oakdale shelter must limit their intake of animals to those they have room to house at any given time. The goal of OSPA is to find homes and rescue groups willing to adopt and place these homeless animals. Unfortunately, as in most communities, there are still more homeless animals than there are homes available.

What do I do if I see someone abusing an animal?
*This applies to any animal left behind in a home without tenants*

If you live in the city of Oakdale or Riverbank, call the Animal Control Services at 209-847-5625. If you live in Stanislaus County (outside Oakdale and Riverbank city limits) you need to call the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter at 209-558-7387.

What is the difference between the Oakdale Animal Shelter and the Stanislaus County Animal Control Services?

The surrendered and stray animals from the city limits of Oakdale and Riverbank are surrendered to the Oakdale Animal Shelter, while any animals outside the city limits are handled by the Stanislaus County Animal Control Services. If you find an animal, be sure you take the animal to the correct facility, as Oakdale does not accept stray animals outside the Oakdale or Riverbank city limits.

Can I bring my pet to the shelter for veterinary care?

No, the Oakdale Animals Shelter does not provide veterinary care. It is your responsibility to locate and provide your animal with regular veterinary care by a private practitioner. There are vaccination clinics provided at various locations throughout the year and you should check with your local area pet stores for this information. Listed under the Spay/Neuter Program tab, you will find some clinics that do provide vaccines for low-income families.

I am moving to an apartment and cannot take my pet. Should I bring it to the shelter? Is there a fee?

Try your best to find another good home for your pet by contacting friends and relatives to see if they can help, or know someone looking for a pet. Also you can make up posters for bulletin boards at local businesses, feed stores, ads in local newspapers (general free ads are no charge), and posting on the internet. Keep in mind that cats and dogs that are spayed/neutered, housebroken, leash trained and vaccinated are easier to place. If you have exhausted all resources there is a $22.00 surrender fee. OSPA will make all efforts to place your animal but there are no guarantees and your pet could be euthanized if not adopted within a reasonable length of time.

Why should I consider adopting an adult dog or cat from the Oakdale Animal Shelter?

Adult dogs are generally easier to test for temperament and behavior issues because their personalities are fully developed. While puppies are adorable, like babies, they require lots of time and energy to turn them into well-behaved canine citizens. If you are away from home for long periods, or don’t have the time and patience required to train a puppy, an older dog would be a great alternative. In addition, you can feel good about saving a life, and giving an abandoned or unwanted pet a second chance.