On September 15, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted to permanently close the County’s animal shelter in Pinole. While this decision was difficult and scary, Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) supports this decision. In the coming months, CCAS will be taking steps to shutter and sell the facility through our County auction process handled by our County Public Work’s Department.
The Pinole Shelter was not designed for long term housing of pets. The facility lacks outdoor play yards or a safe area to walk and exercise pets. All exercise requires volunteers to walk dogs on busy San Pablo Avenue and other city streets. The facility also lacks an appropriate medical treatment room to allow for sedation, examination, and treatments to be performed on site. To adequately staff and maintain the Pinole Shelter would require a significant budgetary commitment that Contra Costa County is currently unable to provide.
For residents of West Contra Costa County, we are committed to ensuring that you will continue to be able to utilize the services you rely on our department for. We do not expect any significant disruption in services as a result of this closure. The primary services utilized by West County residents at the Pinole Shelter include: adoptions, stray animal impounds and return to owner services. We are confident that we will be able to maintain these services through mobile events and local partnerships moving forward. Response times for our Field Services Unit will not be effected, as our Animal Service Officers have always been dispatched from our Martinez facility. Overall, the closure of the Pinole Shelter will allow CCAS to better deploy our staff to provide improved services for county residents and the animals that come into our care.
CCAS is currently exploring the use of existing resources, collaborative partnerships and possible grant funds to help prevent lost pets, maintain pets in their homes and bring CCAS services into the communities of greatest need. We are excited about the opportunity to be even more creative in our approach to providing our services to every community in Contra Costa County. We are hoping that you, our community, will be excited to “re-imagine” what animal services is in Contra Costa County looks like and actively be a part of making those changes into a reality.