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Dec 13

Ho Ho Home for the Holidays

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 12:21 PM by Lori Calvery

The holidays are upon us and you might be considering the addition of a furry friend to your family. If it's a specific breed you're looking for, you might think that you have to go to a breeder. And you might also think that the animals at the shelter wouldn't make a good choice because, well, they're broken. They belong on the Island of Misfit Toys, like in Rudolph the Reindeer.

Well, I'm here to give you the real scoop on shelter animals. The deep, dark secret that has been hidden from people for ages. And that truth is . . . they are wonderful pets. So why don't we break down some of the myths about shelter animals.

All animals in shelters come from abused homes. FALSE!
In fact most shelter animals come from loving homes. Some come from homes where the owner has moved due to outside circumstances. The loss of a home from fires, from unemployment, or for many other reasons may force someone to move to a place that won't accept animals. Let's face it, housing in this area is really hard to find and even harder for someone with a pet.

All animals in shelters have health problems. FALSE!
Many owners surrender their pets because they love them and can no longer afford to take care of them. Additionally, MOST pets that come from puppy or kitty mills DO HAVE health problems. They are overbred in unsanitary conditions and not cared for before going up for adoptions. Animals from mills suffer from many diseases due to the lack of care. And animals in shelters are vaccinated when they enter the shelter, they are examined by medical staff and treated for illnesses before they are made available for adoption.

Hi! I'm Dolly and I would love to be your running buddy. I've got lots of experience! I also LOVE giving kisses!

All shelter animals have behavior problems. FALSE!
Many animals who come into shelters have had behavior training before they entered the shelter. And once animals come into a shelter, their behavior is evaluated and a plan is put in place to work with any animals to improve any issues. Most behavior issues are shyness and timidness. Well, think about it, wouldn't you be scared out of your mind if one day you're living in a nice warm, comfy home and the next you're in a place that's loud and full of strangers and your humans are nowhere to be found. It can be frightening even for the biggest of animals. 
I'm Mr. Whiskers and I'm ready for some winter snuggling. Take me home and we can talk about literature or philosophy if you'd like. Or we can watch some TV together!

Shelters never have specific breeds, only mutts. FALSE!
Shelters get all kinds of breeds! From Dachshunds to Dobermans and Shepherds to Spaniels, you'll find them all. And often they come in waves. A flood of one breed just shows up one day. So on a day to day basis, you never know what breeds will be in a shelter. The best way to find out? Check our website.
I'm Darla and I'm a nice German girl looking for a new place to "shepherd" in the new year. Get it? Shepherd?!?! LOL!!

Shelter animals totally appreciate their new homes and humans. TRUE!!!
Shelters hear it over and over from people who adopt, that it's the best thing they've ever done. The animals know when they've got a wonderful new home and they show it. Don't believe me? Check out some of the examples below.
I'm Mabel and I'm going home with my new mommy! Yaaay!!!

Oh, don't forget to visit Contra Costa Animal Services or check out our website at to see all of our wonderful animals who would be so grateful if you adopted them!

Contra Costa County Alumni

Here are just a few of our alumni enjoying their new lives. We have plenty more animals waiting to join the alumni list!

Skeeter was adopted from our Martinez shelter almost 2 years ago. His name is now Doc and he is a trained service dog! His mom (in the picture) trained him to be able to perform live-saving measures to revive her in case of an emergency. Thank you to his family for choosing him, and bringing him back to visit. Shelter dogs are capable of doing such amazing things if given the chance!

Autumn & Zoey
"Our beautiful girls Autumn and Zoey who we adopted from you. They're happy and thoroughly spoiled." autumn-zoey005

Remember Cowboy? (Who could forget this beautiful boy?) After spending 6 months in our Martinez shelter he finally found the loving home he deserves and here are some photos from his new home! We couldn't be happier for this guy who stole our hearts, and was a star of our Running Dog Team.


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