Hi Pet Loving Claycordians!
This really is a heartbreaking, yet urgent, plea for help for dogs and cats at the shelter. The phenomena known as “holiday dumping” is in FULL swing. There is NO room left at the two VERY full Contra Costa shelters. The Pinole shelter has had 80+ dogs in less than 40 kennels. Martinez is simply overflowing. Unfortunately, that means that dogs that don’t kennel well (stressed), have an illness, behavior issue, or have been there “too long,” may be put down. Did you see the KTVU report? Pets Dumped at Contra Costa shelter at alarming rate. On some days, the shelter receives close to 30 dogs! One day!
Every dog and cat in the shelter has a story. Every one had an owner. Here are just 6 of the 50+/- dogs available today at the Martinez shelter. If you’ve been thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, please consider a visit to the shelter. Don’t buy a dog or puppy as a surprise for someone – ever. We want these to be forever adoptions. We don’t want these dogs to ever be returned to the shelter. An adoption should be forever. And don’t buy from Craigslist or backyard breeders. Visit our shelters or any local rescue!
Just to share one story of a dog pictured above . . . Alexis was surrendered to the shelter after her owner, a former shelter volunteer, passed away. She is a good girl. Not used to small children but for a family of teens and above, wow, what a great dog! She’s got some good training and she lived with a kitty, who just got adopted today! It’s now time for Alexis to find her forever! Alexis is a 6 year old German Shepherd mix. All the volunteers love her! All the dogs pictured here are volunteer favorites!
There are several Facebook and Twitter groups/accounts that share these shelter animals routinely. Including of course, Smart Paws. Some of the photos you see are taken by dedicated community volunteers who run other pages on Facebook i.e Memoirs of a Dog and Homes for Pets Connection. Like us ALL online, and please help share the animals you see. You never know where that connection will be found. The shelter has very few resources to expose these animals to the masses, but together, we have the power of sheer numbers. Think about it. Start by liking: Smart Paws Facebook Page. Then SHARE!
This week, at the moment of this posting, there are over 200 dogs at the Contra Costa shelters! Way too many.
If you go to the Smart Paws FACEBOOK page, like us and look for this same collage, we will have the link to each of these pup’s www.PetHarbor.com profile (you can also search all dogs at the shelters at Pet Harbor).
December shelter promotion: Free spay/neuter for all pit bull or pit bull mix. All cats and kittens $50.
You can visit and adopt dogs, cats and bunnies at either shelter (Martinez or Pinole). The Martinez shelter is located at 4800 Imhoff Place. You can call them at (925) 335-8300. Shelter hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-3pm. If you are interested in a dog or cat you see online, please don’t wait. If you can’t go down right away, call them and let them know you are interested in a particular animal as they can add a note to the file. There are no guarantees of a happy outcome for pets at the shelter, but with your help, we can do more! We can share this information. We can adopt. We can foster. We can save lives and make a difference.