There’s no question that COVID-19 has changed the world for all of us. Every aspect of our lives has changed, from our work life to our home lives. And that’s no different for the Contra Costa Animal Shelter.
With the shelter in place order, the Pinole shelter has closed completely. The Martinez shelter is closed to the public, unless by appointment for returning lost pets to their owners, receiving sick and injured pets, and for facilitating fosters, transfers and remote adoptions. Our public spay and neuter and Saturday vaccination clinics have also been temporarily suspended, as have our TNR and RTF programs. Most volunteering options have been halted and staffing has been reduced to essentials only. All of these measures are being taken to ensure the safety of our public and our staff members.Here's a list of CCAS services during the shelter in place period.
But what about all of the animals? Our behavior team put out a call for fosters to get as many dogs out of the shelter during the shelter in place order. Since dog walking and other human time would be extremely limited, this would have a huge impact on our animals. Like never before, our community responded. Within the first week, over 70 dogs went into foster care and another forty seven dogs and cats were taken by our transfer partners. In a period of just two days, our community answered our call for supplies for our foster families by purchasing all the items on our Amazon wish list.
Amazon Wishlist items purchased for our dogs going to foster care
For the animals who remain at the shelter, our kennel technicians are working tirelessly to keep their rooms clean, to feed them and to provide them with some much needed people time. Our clerical staff continues to take calls, focusing on injured and sick animals and on reuniting lost pets with their families.
Our staff continue to work in key areas within the shelter
The most amazing thing during this difficult time is the amount of care and concern from the community and their desire to help. There’s been a huge outpouring of support from people, stepping up to foster animals, to donate goods, and to help in any way that they can. The result is a reduced shelter population that allows our limited team of staff and volunteers to provide every animal with the care and attention they need while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
We’re on our way to foster homes thanks to the public and our transfer partners
We want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for caring. The incredible support from our community, our hardworking staff and transfer partners, has allowed us to place the majority of our animals into temporary homes so they can flourish while we all wait out this challenging storm.
We’ve received a lot of questions from folks asking what they can do to help support the animals from afar during this challenging time. One way you can help from the comfort and safety of your own home is to make a contribution to our Animal Benefit Fund (ABF). The ABF supports our Department’s ongoing work - work that is critical to ensuring that the animals in our care and in our community are able to thrive. CCAS remains the safety net for lost and abandoned animals in our community, especially during these challenging and uncertain times. Your contribution to the Animal Benefit Fund helps us strengthen that safety net and ensure positive outcomes for the animals in Contra Costa County. To make a gift to the Animal Benefit Fund, go to https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/849/Donate-for-the-Animals