Find out answers to some of the most common questions we get. Don’t see your question answered here? Send us a message!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY THAT OHS IS NOT A SHELTER?
OHS does not operate a physical location for its programs involving domestic pets, meaning we do not have a building where the public can drop off lost or injured dogs and cats.
We do have a network of foster families that can help with found kittens, but OHS must coordinate with the foster families to arrange pick up or drop off of the kittens.
We do have a physical location for our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for the rescue of sick or injured local wildlife. Please see the WRC page for more details about where/how to arrange a drop off for an animal in need.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A FERAL CAT SPAY/NEUTER VOUCHER?
Download and fill out the application here (not currently available due to funding).
After your application is received, your voucher and Spay/Neuter information will be mailed to you. There is a $35 charge for the voucher.
For more info, please visit our Spay & Neuter Assistance page.
I FOUND A CAT OR A DOG. CAN I DROP IT OFF AT OHS?
Ohlone Humane Society does not operate a shelter nor do we have a companion animal rescue, so we cannot accept lost pets. Please contact your local Animal Services or Animal Shelter for questions about lost pets, found animals, pet licensing, surrendering/adopting an animal, or reporting an animal issue. If you have found a cat, OHS may be able to help depending on the situation. Refer to our “I Found a Cat” guide for more information.
I FOUND ABANDONED KITTENS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Refer to our “I Found Kittens” guide first to help determine if the kittens have truly been abandoned. If you believe they have been abandoned and are less than 8 weeks old, you can submit a request for OHS to foster the kittens if a foster family is available. If you have found older kittens, please contact Tri-City Animal Shelter for advice.
I FOUND AN INJURED WILD ANIMAL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you have found a bird, read this article first to determine if it needs help. If you have found a mammal, read this article first. If you have determined that the animal does need help, please call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 510-797-9449 and leave a message. DO NOT LEAVE MESSAGES on the Info Line or our Facebook page.
Please do not drop off wildlife if there are no volunteers at the Center. The animal will be vulnerable to harm by humans and other animals.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER?
You must be 16 years or older to become an OHS volunteer.
We do have an opportunity for young people to create fliers that help spread the word about OHS’ events and programs. View our VolunteerMatch post for details.
CAN OUR ORGANIZATION PROVIDE SINGLE-DAY GROUP VOLUNTEERING
Yes! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for available opportunities.
DOES OHS RECEIVE FUNDING FROM ANY STATE OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY?
OHS is a privately-funded 501(c)(3) animal welfare nonprofit. We receive little local or state government support. OHS is independently run and not under the umbrella of a national organization such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or ASPCA.
We rely on the generous support of our community, from individuals to corporations, to help us help the animals. Please consider donating to OHS!
Ohlone Humane Society: 501(c)(3) Nonprofit #94-2894323