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Posted on: August 14, 2023

[ARCHIVED] A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Community!

Contra Costa Animal Services Max Capacity

Celebrating Our Community's Compassion and Dedication!

We’re overwhelmed with gratitude as we share the incredible results of our recent call to action to reduce the crises-level overcrowding at our shelter. Since this past Wednesday, your response has been nothing short of phenomenal, and together, we've achieved something truly remarkable. We’re thrilled to announce that, since Wednesday, 79 dogs and 34 cats have been adopted, welcomed into a foster home, been reunited with their family, or have embarked on a new journey with a local rescue organization. Because of you, no healthy or treatable dogs were at risk of being euthanized and our dog population at the shelter was reduced from 180 to 124 dogs as of Saturday night.  

We’ve been inspired by the hundreds of responses we’ve received to our call to action. It was heartwarming to see people responding with kindness, support, and compassion. Your unwavering support, whether through adoption, fostering, your support of our staff and volunteers, or simply spreading the word, has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of these animals. We’ve also seen the suggestions, criticisms, and recommendations. We want to assure everyone that we’re actively listening and learning and that we appreciate all of your input.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our community, our local rescue organizations, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, our partner cities, and the news media for helping us to amplify our call. Your dedication has played a pivotal role in this heartwarming success story. A special shout-out goes to our dedicated CCAS staff and volunteers. Your tireless efforts and endless love have transformed the shelter into a place of hope and healing. This achievement would not have been possible without your passion and commitment to the animals and our community.

We must continue to act with urgency! There are still animals in need of a helping hand, a loving home, and a second chance. We continue to see a high number of animals coming into our shelter each day. Our kennel population, while reduced, is still near capacity. As a community we need to keep up this momentum and work together to prevent animals from coming into the shelter, and to ensure we find placements for those that do.

How you can continue to help:

1.            Adopt a pet locally from a shelter or rescue.

2.            Donate to a local shelter or rescue.

3.            Volunteer to help animals in our community by giving your time and skills.

4.            Say thank you to the staff and volunteers that work tirelessly at the local shelter or rescues.

5.            Become a fan on social media and help share their stories.

6.            Get crafty, create kitty toys or eye-catching posters to help animals find their forever home.

7.            Make wishes come true, donate items that the local shelter and rescues need to help the animals.

8.            Become a foster, open your home to a shelter animal. Change their life.

9.            Support responsible pet ownership, help keep animals out of the shelter.

To our Contra Costa County community – thank you for reminding us that when we come together, great things happen.

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