Public Notice: Contra Costa Animal Services to Temporarily Cease Accepting Owner Surrendered Animals

Effective Wednesday, February 3rd, Contra Costa County Animals Services Department (CCCASD) will be temporarily ceasing the acceptance of owner surrendered animals at their shelters in Martinez and Pinole due to the volume of animals at both facilities. Certain exceptions to this temporary freeze will be made for animals that are injured, unhealthy, under twelve weeks of age, or as otherwise required by law. During this temporary freeze on accepting owner surrendered animals, families in need can email or call (925) 335-8300 to determine if CCCASD can accept their pet.

Additionally, CCCASD will be indefinitely closing our night deposit boxes for animals that are surrendered during hours that the department is closed to the public. 

Surrendering an animal to the shelter should be a last resort. High owner surrender rates leads to overpopulation in our shelters, which increases the possibilities that animals will get disease and/or experience behavior problems. Properly managing shelter inventory and the health of the pets in our care improves the chances of finding homes for the animals in our care.

CCCASD leadership expects this temporary freeze on accepting owner surrenders to be in effect for roughly a month, during which time the department will be developing an intervention program to help support families in keeping their animals in their homes. During this temporary freeze, CCCASD will continue to receive and impound animals that are sick, injured or abandoned, as well as strays and animals that are confiscated as a result of active investigations or impounded by other law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County.

Please view our Keeping Your Pets in Your Home page to view a list of resources that will support you in keeping your pet.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent for animals, please call (925) 335-8325.

                          THANK YOU TO OUR TRANSFER PARTNERS!

Contra Costa County Animal Services would like to send a special thank you out to all of our rescue group partners for your hard work and support in 2015. Together we have made a difference in the lives of countless animals. Your hard work and dedication to the well-being of animals is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to continuing - and strengthening - our partnerships in 2016 to benefit animals in Contra Costa County. Check out the slide show below to see some of the animals who have found their new homes as a result of our partnerships with local rescue groups.

Mission Statement

Contra Costa County Animal Services Department is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all people and animals in our community through enforcement of state and local laws, providing compassionate care for every animal regardless of its temperament or condition, and reducing the number of animals that enter our County shelters.  

We will prioritize lifesaving as our guiding principal. We will shelter homeless, abandoned and lost animals, work to keep and place animals in safe, caring homes, and provide education and services to enhance the lives of people, their animal companions, and to strengthen the human-animal bond.

How We Accomplish Our Mission

Contra Costa County Animal Services Department will accomplish our mission by:

  • Protecting the citizens of Contra Costa County from animal related diseases and from animal injury.
  • Preventing animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.
  • Providing humane care and treatment of all animals in accordance with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines and following the Five Freedoms.
  • Striving to decrease our shelter intake, increase our live release rates and to reserve euthanasia for animals that have serious medical conditions with great suffering, or behavior issues that pose a threat to the public’s health and safety and the animal’s well-being.
  • Keeping animals in their homes by providing resources and active counseling for owners looking to surrender their family companions.
  • Increasing licensing and micro-chipping efforts to assist owners in reuniting with their lost pets.
  • Providing spay/neuter services to reduce pet overpopulation.   
  • Educating the public about responsible pet ownership, including preventative medicine, spay/neuter, and vaccinations.
  • Providing high-quality customer service and treating all individuals with respect, professional courtesy, and integrity.
  • Creating collaborative partnerships that further our mission and increase our ability to serve the people and animals of Contra Costa County.