Patch to Debut Pet of the Week

Learn how to adopt pets from the Tri-City Animal Shelter.

In the coming weeks, Patch will debut a new feature: Pet of the Week.

This weekly column will feature animals up for adoption at the Tri-City Animal Shelter. You’ll learn more about the animals, what their personalities are like and what kind of home they need.

In the meantime, here is some information provided by the City of Fremont’s Animal Services Department that you might find useful if you end up falling in love with one of the animals to be highlighted.

How To Adopt:

  • Every individual within the animal will live in must visit the animal at the shelter prior to the adoption.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to adopt a pet. A valid ID is required.
  • Adoption fees are paid at the time of adoption. Adoption fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are renting your home, written approval from your landlord is required.

Tips and Requirements:

  • Not all animals staying at the shelter are available for adoption.
  • All animals that are available for adoption have passed behavioral evaluations.
  • All animals at the shelter must be spayed or neutered and microchipped before they are adopted from the Tri-City Animal Shelter.
  • Animals are available to view during normal shelter hours


  • Dogs: $171-$175
    • Adoption: $24
    • Spay or neuter: $91
    • ID Microchip: $36
    • Rabies vaccination: $10
    • One year license deposit: $10-14
  • Cats: $124-$136
    • Adoption: $24
    • Spay or neuter: $54
    • ID Microchip: $36
    • Rabies vaccination: $10
    • One year license deposit: $12 (Fremont residents only)
    • FIV/FeLV Test: $29 (Optional)
  • Rabbits: $104-$114
  • Adoption: $24
  • Spay female: $54
  • Neuter male: $44
  • Identification microchip: $36

The Tri-City Animal Shelter is located at 1950 Stevenson Boulevard in Fremont. It serves the cities of Fremont, Newark, Union City and San Leandro.

For more information about the shelter, click here.

James August 07, 2011 at 05:27 AM
This sounded like a great thing until I got to the part about the Spay and Neutering...That's a Raw Deal. I would NEVER Snip myself and I certainly can't do that to any Potential Pet I get. How Cruel! When I have a Pet that lives with me, they are entitled to Rights just as I am and deserve to Live as I do. Every Dog I ever owned was allowed to be their own Dog.
Mona Taplin August 07, 2011 at 04:51 PM
For several years on our street we had a multitude of feral kittens born in our back yards. There were more than 50 born one year on our Court. Kittens with very little chance of being adopted after capture because there were so many in the shelter already. Kittens doomed to die because no one wanted them. Kittens born to mothers who were barely surviving themselves. Spaying and neutering would have prevented this from happening. Nearly 3 years ago we adopted two feral kitten, siblings from the shelter. One boy, one girl. We were allowed to visit them every day to cuddle and play with them until their surgery was scheduled. Today we have two happy cats enhancing our lives. Cats who are well loved and cared for. Cats who will never add to the population of unwanted kittens. Just a few days ago a big,dirty, very skinny dog was spotted in our neighborhood early in the morning. We think he must be homeless because no responsible pet owner would neglect an animal to that extent. Attempts to befriend and feed it were unsuccessful. Should it be spotted again, every attempt will be made to have it captured and taken to the shelter and/or possibly adopted and provided a good home by one of the good people in this neigborhood. I hope it has already found a good home and not allowed to be it's own dog and increase the load of unwanted puppies.
Samson Gich August 07, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Funny guy..this James character.
James August 07, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Mona, I understand not wanting a bunch of extra Animals infesting an area because their homeless, but not all Animals just decide to go out and hump anything that moves. I've had many Pets over my Lifetime and with exception to one of them (Nicknamed him Humpsalot) the majority of my Dogs were well behaved. When it came to Chicks, one of my Dogs (Thor) who was a Black Lab / Pitbull Mix was scared of the Opposite sex. When I stated that I allow my Pets to be their own Dogs, I meant that if they wanted to sit or lay somewhere specific I'd let them. One of my other Dogs I always took to Starbucks with me every day and we shared Coffee. I could put sunglasses on him and he'd strut around town like that, LOL. I treat my Pets as if they were People. Never backfired on me once.
Thomas Clarke August 08, 2011 at 01:23 AM
James, attributing reproductive rights to dogs, cats, gerbils, rabbits and chickens is exactly what is wrong with pet owners. There are way too many animals out there. Your attitude is exactly what creates animal misery and kill shelters. I suspect that when you were free to copulate without restriction you probably foreswore condoms and other prophylactic methods. That is not a very responsible attitude. Join the new world and be responsible. Do not condemn animals to a life of misery. Spay and neuter.
James August 08, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Thomas, If someone came along and said they had to Snip you because there was already too high a population limit in Town.... Would you just say "Well it's for the better" and just go along with it because someone else said to do it? Let's keep it real here, Living Organisms Reproduce. But even though this is true, not every single person has Sex, some don't have it at all as a choice... Same thing with Animals, not every Animal is out increasing it's Offspring count and this is because Pet Owners keep a close eye on them. So tell me, would you volunteer to get Snipped just because someone else said it was the best course of Action?
Thomas Clarke August 08, 2011 at 07:30 PM
James, funny you should ask. Yes I had a vasectomy at age 21. I never wanted to place the responsibility of birth control on the woman. My choice. You keep up with your rules about living organisms reproducing. Living organisms also over populate, starve, strip the ecosystem of sustenance and generally conform to the rule of death. Spaying and neutering is a responsible choice to make for our pets. The Alameda County Animal Shelter euthanizes after time or a decision on adoptability. Your actions add to the buther's bill. Join the majority of responsible pet owners and spay and neuter, adopt rescues and donate generously to no-kill shelters.
James August 08, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Thomas, That's Hardcore, you hate your own species that much? To Live is to Die, it's going to happen eventually regardless of what we choose to do and part of Living involves Loving and showing that Love by creating Children. If everyone were to Snippity Snip themselves, Populations would die off, but then what? Where's the Legacy left behind, your footprint in History? As you say, it's your Choice, and your reasoning doesn't really matter nor is it any of my Business. But that is seriously extreme dude!
Publius August 09, 2011 at 05:05 PM
James, it is wonderful that you treat your pets like they were people. However, there are far too many animals that don't have the luxury of living with you and strutting around in sunglasses. No, they are busy scavenging in garbage cans, sheltering under bushes and wary of a myriad of potential predators. It is a miserable existence and as someebody who loves animals, I would like to see that curtailed as much as possible.


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