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Posted 1 year ago | Updated 4 hours ago

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My basic info

Carolina Dog/Chihuahua
Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)
Pet ID

My details

Alert icon Not good with kids
Alert icon Not good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Good with cats
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

I am in a foster home and not at the shelter. If you are interested in adopting, submit an adoption questionnaire by email. Learn more here

Kirby is checking off the good dog boxes! He is still a shy boy who’s going to need time to get to know you before you get all of those sweet Kirby snuggles, but we think it’s okay for some of our dogs to be more selective about their friends.

  • Adorable face? ✅
  • Party Ear? ✅
  • House trained? ✅
  • Good with some Cats?? ✅

Kirby has been in a few different foster homes with different cats, and he's gotten along with some of them--with others, he's been a bit of a brat. If you have a confident cat who will stand up to him, and are willing to do a slow, careful introduction, they might get along fine!

Foster mom reports:

As first time fosters, we can say that Kirby is quite easy to deal with: he needed some time to adjust and settle down, but he is now very respectful of our daily routine. He is quite independent during the day while I work from home: he is learning to go to the backyard by himself and most of the day, he plays with/chews on his toys in between naps. He enjoys quick walks and play-time during my breaks and I love when he randomly just places his chin on my leg and looks at me with his puppy eyes, asking for attention (it happens quite often and it's just so cute). He has also learnt that, when it gets dark outside and he hears steps out of the door, there is no need to bark or get alarmed, as it's my partner coming home from work and he welcomes them with the happiest dance ever. He would do great in a quiet place with one/some working-from-home humans as a solo-dog. If you are interested in adopting him, you will get a dog with his own personal brand, as we have just home-brewed a few IPAs and printed Kirby labels! 

As one of his former fosters wrote:
“My favorite Kirby activity, second to snuggling, was watching him play catch with himself. He would bounce his favorite ball for himself, off the floor and straight into his mouth. His joy is contagious!” 

He also was easy going in a foster home with cats previously. 

Want to get in on that joy, but not totally sure about adoption? Kirby has been selected for our pilot foster-to-adopt program. You can keep Kirby out of the shelter, and see if he might be the right fit for you!

A smaller guy at 30 pounds, Kirby is only about 2 years old, and he needs to be the only dog in the home. Want to know more about Kirby? Follow him with @foster_fandi_oas on Instagram and email us at!



April 15, 2024, 9:07 pm
Oakland Animal Services

Contact info

Pet ID
1101 29th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

Their adoption process


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If you are interested in adopting this pet, please submit an application:

Additional adoption info

Thank you for considering adopting a shelter pet! There are two ways to adopt:
1. Visit our shelter (1101 29th Ave) Saturday or Sunday from 12-3pm, when we are open for adoptions.
2. Use our online process as described at Adoptions are first-come-first-served. While we try our best to get back to everyone via our online process, sometimes it takes several days or a week or two, and the pet you are interested in may get adopted during our open adoption hours.

Please note that inquires submitted through this website about this pet may not receive an immediate response due to the large volume of inquires we receive. If you are interested in adopting this pet, please submit an adoption application to be considered.

Adoption requirements:
- You must be 18 years of age or older with a valid California driver’s license or other acceptable identification
- Never have had any cruelty convictions, animal control violations or broken any adoption contracts in the past
- Agree to and sign the “Statement of Adopter” on the adoption questionnaire which includes a waiver of liability
- Pay the adoption fees and applicable licensing fees. Fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchip
- All animals, including rabbits, must be spayed or neutered. If the pet you are interested in adopting is not yet spayed/neutered, a staff member will discuss next steps with you

Additional information for dog adopters:
- Other canines in the home must meet the new dog prior to adoption.
- Provide proof of home ownership or permission to have a dog from your landlord. We cannot hold the dog that you want to adopt while you try to meet this requirement.
- Agree to a home inspection if the dog is a large breed dog or dog that has been identified to need additional attention.
- Be aware of the Oakland and State Laws about dog ownership.

We do not place adoption holds on any animals.

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Saturdays and Sundays 12-3pm at our shelter (1101 29th Ave)

More about this shelter

As the city of Oakland’s sole open-admissions animal shelter, Oakland Animal Services’ duties are as diverse as the community we serve. Operating on the leanest of budgets, Oakland Animal Services (OAS) operates the city’s animal control unit, enforcing animal welfare and public safety laws, provides care for stray and surrendered animals, supports lost pet searches and reunions, and facilitates the placement of homeless animals via public adoptions and coordination with transfer partners near and far. The needs of the community are great, but so are the results of a job well done: the enhancement of quality of life for humans and animals alike.