Contra Costa Animal Services February Newsletter

Contra Costa Animal Services Newsletter - February 2020

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is in the air at Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS). And while you may not be able to buy love, you certainly can adopt it at CCAS. Read below to learn about this month’s Be My Valentine adoption promotion, our 2019 year-end shelter statistics and read about Governor Newsom’s $50 million commitment to help CA become a “No-Kill” state in our In the News section.  All this and more in this month’s edition of the CCAS newsletter.  

February Adoption promotion

Be My Valentine!

$25 Adoptions of All Adult Dogs & Cats

You may not be able to buy love, but you sure as heck can adopt it at CCAS! To help you find your valentine this year, all adult cats and dogs (over six months) can be adopted for a reduced adoption fee of $25 from February 11th-15th. The reduced adoption fee includes the costs of adoption, spay/neuter surgery, microchip and vaccinations. Contra Costa County residents will be required to license their new pet upon adoption. To view animals available for adoption, visit

Adoption Update Story
We are so thrilled to share this marvelous update. Catarina was at our Martinez shelter for over six months. She had traveled a hard road, even before arriving at the shelter, and sadly tested positive for feline leukemia virus ("FeLV"), an incurable condition that can leave a cat vulnerable to disease and may shorten their lifespan. But Catarina was not having any health problems at the time of her diagnosis and was anxiously awaiting adoption.
Lucky for her, some wonderful folks saw her online, came to the shelter specifically to meet her, and kindly brought her into their family last October. We've just heard that Catarina is doing great ~ still healthy, loved, and content in her new home.
This is a very special update because some folks still believe that an FeLV diagnosis means a cat's future is terribly grim. But more and more FeLV+ cats are finding families and enjoying happy lives. FeLV is only contagious to other cats, not to humans or non-feline animals. FeLV+ kitties should be the only cat in the household or live with other FeLV+ cats. But many like Catarina are content to have their humans all to themselves.
While it's possible that these kittes may not live as long as other cats, as you can see from Catarina's photo, they can be very happy enjoying their time in loving homes.
We are so thankful to Catarina’s family for opening their home and hearts to a special cat and for sharing this good news.
CCAS Stats

December Stats Available

We have recently compiled our stats and have posted them on our website. Why does it take so long to post our stats? Because we have a 30 day return policy, we want to ensure that our numbers accurately reflect that data.
Some highlights include:

  • Live Release Rate – All Animals = 116.03%

  • Live Release Rate – Dogs & Cats = 115.69%

  • Live Release Rate – Dogs = 96.30%

  • Live Release Rate – Cats = 153.93%

  • Adoptions = 318

  • Transfers = 171

  • Overall Animal Intake = 574

To view the full set of CCAS stats, go to

In the News

Last week, CCAS Director Beth Ward and Dr. Kate Hurley, DVM, of UC Davis provided commentary in this exciting KPIX story about Governor Newsom’s $50 million commitment to help CA become a "No-Kill" state. Read more . . .

No-kill proposal in California
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