Contra Costa Animal Services Newsletter

October 2019

Welcome to October! While the weather is beginning to cool off, things are starting to heat up at CCAS. In this month’s edition of the CCAS newsletter, learn about our new dog foster and doggie day adventure programs that are enhancing our ability to provide greater enrichment for dogs, check out our October Feline Frenzy adoption promotion and read about one dog’s journey towards a happy ending in this month’s blog, “A Dog Named Wanda.” Be sure to also check out our “In the News” section, where we highlight a story that shows how quickly and collaboratively CCAS staff operate in times of crisis. All this and more, in your October newsletter.
October Feline Frenzy cat adoption specials

Adoption Promotions

October Feline Frenzy

Kitten season is still in full swing and we need your help finding homes for the scores of cats and kittens we have in our shelters. Starting October 2nd, and running through October 31st, adopters will have the opportunity to take advantage of our Feline Frenzy promotion, where all cats over one year of age can be adopted for $5, and all kittens can be adopted for $25. Whether you’re looking for a single feline companion, or have been waiting for the right time to bring a litter of kittens into your home, you’ll want to take advantage of this reduced cost promotion. Typical feline adoption costs can run from $84-$127.

*Please note: this promotion does not include the cost of license or refundable surgery deposit.  
Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Oct. 12th, where we will be offering a special adoption promotion in partnership with the Bissell Foundation.

Doggie Day Adventure Program

Dog Foster & Doggie Day Adventure Programs

CCAS has launched a new dog foster program, as well as a doggie day adventure program (field trips), which are both open to the general public. The goal of the CCAS Dog Foster Program is to relocate eligible dogs to loving homes while they wait for adoption. This is a great option for those who cannot commit to a long term adoption but would love to share part of their home with a furry companion for a few weeks. Moving animals from the shelter environment to a home helps gather information for future adopters as well as offering a more quiet, comfortable setting for the dogs.
The Doggie Day Adventure Program, offered two days each week, allows specific animals an opportunity to spend a few hours out in the world with members of the public. Leashes, collars, harnesses, treats and suggested locations to adventure are provided by staff, all you need to do is be willing and able. Whether heading home to binge watch Netflix, or a stroll on the shoreline, or to sit and sip a craft brew with friends, our dogs would love to join you! Field Trip Days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, pick up 10-12 & drop off by 4pm. This option is perfect for the busy families, students, or folks with pet restricted home leases.
For more information on these new programs, go to the Animal Foster Program page

Dog sleeping in pajamas

Adoption Update!

Maverick (#A0941049) was adopted a month ago from our Martinez shelter and we just received this sweet update:
"We recently adopted Maverick, now Teddy, from your Martinez shelter and we just wanted to send an update on his transition into our home! His big sister Lola (fawn-colored) has secretly fallen in love with him and it’s obvious at how smitten he is with her."
This is the life we hope that all of our shelter dogs go on to live. We're so happy that Teddy found his perfect fit.
CCAS animal stats

August 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 = 83.18%

  • Live Release Rate – Dogs & Cats = 84.16%

  • Live Release Rate – Dogs = 89.16%

  • Live Release Rate – Cats = 79.26%

  • Adoptions = 300

  • Transfers = 170

  • Overall Animal Intake = 856

To view the full set of CCAS stats, go to

Blog: A Dog Named Wanda

Blog: A Dog Named Wanda

Wanda came to CCAS and was described as nervous, timid and highly dog reactive. Wanda was a dog with a lot of potential, she just needed to work on building her confidence and being more at ease around other dogs. She quickly became a project of our enrichment team.
Read more . . .


In the News

In early September, CCAS responded to a tragic accident on Highway 80 when a big rig carrying over 1,000 chickens crashed. Our officers and medical staff did an amazing job of safely impounding the chickens, bringing them back to our shelter for evaluation and returning them to their owner. Check out KGO’s coverage of that event that shows how quickly and collaboratively our team works when emergencies and tragedy occur.
Big rig carrying live chickens overturns on I-80 in San Pablo

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