The donation is in response to the fatal shooting of a deer by police earlier this month in an East Oakland backyard. The incident was captured on video tape -- prompting dozens of complaints.
In Defense of Animals presented the check to the Oakland City Council Tuesday night.
"As we expand in our cities and so forth, we come closer and closer to their habitats, where they live and so we need to be respectful and be ready for situations that we don't have to simply go and shoot and kill, but there's other ways to deal with wildlife," said Elliot Katz of In Defense of Animals.
Officers say they shot the deer because they thought it was hurt. Tuesday night's $1,500 donation should be enough to buy at least three tranquilizer guns.