Hi Pet Loving Claycordians!
This edition of our column really serves as a sort of “red alert.” Contra Costa Animal Services is overflowing with pets that need homes NOW.
Unfortunately, a combination of strays and owner surrenders has left our shelters FULL. Do you know what happens when the shelter is full? That’s right, some don’t make it out. It is a heartbreaking reality. If you’ve lost a dog, go walk those kennels. Don’t wait!
Contra Costa Animal Services operates two shelters, one in Pinole and the other, in Martinez. Just this past Saturday CCASD accepted 34 cats and 23 dogs! Between the two shelters they have 276 cats, 203 dogs, 18 rabbits, 3 rats, 9 birds, 1 guinea pig and 1 hamster. This is a recipe for disaster for these animals. When the shelter is full, the timing gets shorter for these animals while the shelter works to free up space. It is even more noisy and chaotic in the kennels (as if it’s not noisy and chaotic enough). It is a stressful, scary situation for the animals being housed there. You can go to www.PetHarbor.com and search for all animals available at the shelters.
The shelter has some promotions this July:
- FREE spay/neuter for all adopted pit bulls and pit bull mixes
- FREE senior cats over 7 years old
- ALL kittens are only $50
Can you adopt? Can you foster? If you can foster kittens, call the shelter directly at 925-335-8327. If you can foster a dog, please contact a local rescue. Visit the Smart Paws page for links to some local rescues who can help. Check out local rescues and look up their fostering guidelines and application. The satisfaction of fostering an animal and saving a life is something you just can’t put into words.
You can adopt dogs at either shelter (Martinez or Pinole). You’ll find cats at the shelters and at Pet Food Express in Walnut Creek, Petsmart in Concord and Rodies in Clayton. 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 dog 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.
All dogs pictured above are available NOW at the Martinez shelter. From left to right; Francis, Tyson, Socceroo, Duncan and Carmella. Go to the Smart Paws Facebook page for links to all their Pet Harbor info page.