The holidays are upon us and you might be considering the addition of a furry friend
to your family. If it's a specific breed you're looking for, you might think that you
have to go to a breeder. And you might also think that the animals at the shelter
wouldn't make a good choice because, well, they're broken. They belong on the
Island of Misfit Toys, like in Rudolph the Reindeer.
Well, I'm here to give you the real scoop on shelter animals. The deep, dark secret
that has been hidden from people for ages. And that truth is . . . they are
wonderful pets. So why don't we break down some of the myths about shelter
All animals in shelters come from abused homes. FALSE!
In fact most shelter animals come from loving homes. Some come from homes
where the owner has moved due to outside circumstances. The loss of a home
from fires, from unemployment, or for many other reasons may force someone to
move to a place that won't accept animals. Let's face it, housing in this area is
really hard to find and even harder for someone with a pet.
All animals in shelters have health problems. FALSE!
Many owners surrender their pets because they love them and can no longer
afford to take care of them. Additionally, MOST pets that come from puppy or kitty
mills DO HAVE health problems. They are overbred in unsanitary conditions and
not cared for before going up for adoptions. Animals from mills suffer from many
diseases due to the lack of care. And animals in shelters are vaccinated when they
enter the shelter, they are examined by medical staff and treated for illnesses
before they are made available for adoption.
Hi! I'm Dolly and I would love to be your running buddy. I've got lots of experience! I also LOVE giving kisses!
All shelter animals have behavior problems. FALSE!
Many animals who come into shelters have had behavior training before they
entered the shelter. And once animals come into a shelter, their behavior is
evaluated and a plan is put in place to work with any animals to improve any
issues. Most behavior issues are shyness and timidness. Well, think about it,
wouldn't you be scared out of your mind if one day you're living in a nice warm,
comfy home and the next you're in a place that's loud and full of strangers and
your humans are nowhere to be found. It can be frightening even for the biggest of
I'm Mr. Whiskers and I'm ready for some winter snuggling. Take me home and we can talk about literature or philosophy if you'd like. Or we can watch some TV together!
Shelters never have specific breeds, only mutts. FALSE!
Shelters get all kinds of breeds! From Dachshunds to Dobermans and Shepherds to Spaniels, you'll find them all. And often they come in waves. A flood of one breed just shows up one day. So on a day to day basis, you never know what breeds will be in a shelter. The best way to find out? Check our website.
I'm Darla and I'm a nice German girl looking for a new place to "shepherd" in the new year. Get it? Shepherd?!?! LOL!!
Shelter animals totally appreciate their new homes and humans. TRUE!!!
Shelters hear it over and over from people who adopt, that it's the best thing
they've ever done. The animals know when they've got a wonderful new home and
they show it. Don't believe me? Check out some of the examples below.
I'm Mabel and I'm going home with my new mommy! Yaaay!!!
Oh, don't forget to visit Contra Costa Animal Services or check out our website at http://ccasd.org
to see all of our wonderful animals who would be so grateful if you adopted them!
Contra Costa County Alumni
Here are just a few of our alumni enjoying their new lives. We have plenty more
animals waiting to join the alumni list!
Skeeter was adopted from our Martinez shelter almost 2 years ago. His name is
now Doc and he is a trained service dog! His mom (in the picture) trained him to
be able to perform live-saving measures to revive her in case of an emergency.
Thank you to his family for choosing him, and bringing him back to visit. Shelter
dogs are capable of doing such amazing things if given the chance!
Autumn & Zoey
"Our beautiful girls Autumn and Zoey who we adopted from you. They're happy
and thoroughly spoiled."
Remember Cowboy? (Who could forget this beautiful boy?) After
spending 6 months in our Martinez shelter he finally found the loving home he
deserves and here are some photos from his new home! We couldn't be happier
for this guy who stole our hearts, and was a star of our Running Dog Team.