CCAS Newsletter
CCAS Newsletter - July 2018
Microchip your pet before the 4th of July

Celebrate Independence Day with Free Adoptions!

On behalf of the CCAS staff and volunteers, we would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July holiday. This month's newsletter is jam-packed with information. Read on to check out this month's blog about how to keep your pets safe on the 4th of July and to learn about our exciting new partnership with Finding Rover, a service that uses facial recognition to reunite lost pets with their families. And be sure to take note of our July adoption promotions. All that and more in this edition of the CCAS newsletter.

Please note: In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, CCAS shelters will be closed to the public on July 4th. We will reopen at 10:00am on July 5th.

Wheel of Furrtune

July Adoption Promotions

Adoption Promotions
There's really no better time than summer in the Bay Area to adopt a pet. Whether you're looking for a dog to be your new hiking or swimming partner, or a cat to simply lounge on the porch with you and take in the sights, CCAS has the companion you're looking for.

Free Adoptions - June 29-July 3rd
CCAS will be offering free adoptions between Friday, June 29th and Tuesday, July 3rd to help free up kennel space for the expected increased animal intake over the 4th of July holiday. Please note that the free adoption does promotion not include fees associated with licensing and medical deposits.

Buy One, Get One Free Kittens - July 11th-31st
Beginning July 11th and running through the end of the month, adopters have the advantage of bringing home a little extra joy, as kittens will be buy one, get one free. There are many reasons, and much scientific evidence, about the benefits of adopting kittens in pairs - chief among them is when have you ever seen a viral cute kitten video with just one kitten?

$25 Adoptions for Dogs Over 25 lbs - July 11th-31st
Starting on July 11th, all dogs over 25 lbs will be adopted for $25. We have some amazing big boys and girls that we'll be showcasing through this promotion. Whether you're looking for a running partner or a couch potato to watch Netflix with, we've got the companion for you!

People looking to adopt their new family member can search for available animals on our website at CCASD.ORG, or visit our shelters in Martinez and Pinole to take advantage of these promotions.
Keeping your Pets Safe this Fourth of July

Blog: Keeping Your Pets Safe this Fourth of July

For most people, The Fourth of July is a time for fun and celebration. We enjoy going to, or hosting, parties and cookouts with friends, great food and, of course, fireworks. However, for your pets, the Fourth of July can be a stressful, scary time.  [Read more]

Finding Rover

Introducing Finding Rover

CCAS is excited to announce our new partnership with Finding Rover, a free service that uses facial recognition technology to reunite lost pets with their owners.

Now, if a pet escapes from their home, the family can simply upload a photo of the animal to Finding Rover and search surrounding shelters (including CCAS) to see if it's been found. On the other hand, if you find a lost pet, you can take a photo and upload it to Finding Rover's database as a FOUND pet.

With the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, this partnership is launching right when we need it the most. However, Finding Rover shouldn't be viewed as an alternative to traditional methods, such as ID tags and microchipping. We still strongly encourage people to take those measures. Though as a new tool to augment the traditional methods, Finding Rover is a welcome innovation.

What's more, Finding Rover can also be used as a tool for potential adopters. Let's say you know the look and type of the dog or cat you most want. Simply find a photo of that animal, upload it to Finding Rover and the service will search surrounding shelters for pets that fit that description.

Visit to learn more and to rester your pet for free. And be sure to check out KRON 4 News' coverage of this exciting new partnership in the 'In the News' section below.

dog licensing

PetData - A New Way of Licensing

There’s no time like the present to license your pet - and now it’s easier than ever! Purchasing a license tag and attaching it to your pet’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible pet owner. Displaying a current Contra Costa County license tag on your pet’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost pet’s owner information. It could be your pet’s ticket home!

Effective July 2, 2018, Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) has formed a new and exciting partnership with PetData to provide pet licensing services for residents of Contra Costa County. PetData also services the City of Antioch, Solano County, San Mateo County and many other partnering Animal Welfare agencies, so we’re in good hands.

Two different options are available for County residents licensing pets - online, or by mail.

To license your animal online, go to and enter your zip code. You can license multiple pets at the same time, and easily upload required documents.  All major credit cards are accepted, and a small convenience fee will apply per transaction.

To license by mail, simply mail a copy of your pet’s current rabies certificate and any other applicable documentation, along with your check payable to Contra Costa Animal Services, C/O PetData, PO Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014.

For more information on animal licensing in Contra Costa County, please visit or call 833-259-2136.

Maren (#A0920854), now Bella, was adopted today! During our Wheel of Furrtune promotions, her new family spun the wheel and ended up getting her for free! We're so happy for her.

CCAS in the News

Be sure to check out this nifty little segment KRON 4 News ran about the innovative partnership between CCAS and Finding Rover, complete with demonstration.

Kron 4 report on Finding Rover

May 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 60 day return policy, we want to ensure that our numbers accurately reflect that data.
Some highlights from April include:

  • Live Release Rate – All Animals = 69.05%
  • Live Release Rate – Dogs & Cats = 65.35%
  • Live Release Rate – Dogs = 90.49%
  • Live Release Rate – Cats = 50%
  • Adoptions = 213
  • Transfers = 269
  • Overall Animal Intake = 1008

                                                   To view the full set of CCAS stats, go here.


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