Meet Your Match
CCAS Newsletter - January 2018
New Newsletter

The New CCAS Monthly Newsletter!

This newsletter will be sent monthly to CCAS team members as a means of providing important updates about happenings at CCAS while also featuring some of our people, programs and successes. Please feel free to share this newsletter with your friends and family and help spread the good word.

Wags and purrs!

Meet your match

Meet your Match - February Promo

Love is definitely in the air at CCAS. As we move into February and closer to Valentine’s Day, our February promotion will seek to help people find love at CCAS. As such, our February promotion feature FREE adoptions of all animals between Feb. 13th- Feb. 22nd. Please note that while the adoptions will be free, we will still charge for the cost of licensing. If you have any questions about this promotion, please contact Emily Wood.

Adoption Update on Tinkerbell. "She’s an amazing ambassador for the bully breed. Such a sweetheart and so glad to have her be part of our home! Never have I met such a loyal dog, honestly she stole my heart seeing her at such a tender age of 7 months. I’m glad I adopted and not shopped, she now has her Fur-ever home here with us!"

2017 Year End Stats Available

We have recently compiled our year end stats for 2017. The stats show what we have known for some time… there’s a lot of phenomenal work being done at CCAS. Some highlights from 2017 include:
Live Release Rate – All Animals = 83.7%
Live Release Rate – Dogs & Cats = 87.7%
Live Release Rate – Dogs = 92.1%
Live Release Rate – Cats = 82.7%
Adoptions = 3,511
                                                   Transfers = 2,664
                                                   Community Cats Altered & Placed = 926
                                                   Overall Animal Intake = 10,459
The data reflects that our programs and innovations are working. The number of adoptions represent the most adoptions that CCAS has ever facilitated in a single year. Our live release rate improvements are significantly better than the prior year, and leaps and bounds better than what they were only three/four years ago. These amazing results are a testament to your hard work, commitment and compassion. We should share a sense of pride about what we were able to accomplish as a team in 2017 as we seek to improve upon those successes in 2018.
To view the full set of CCAS stats, go to

who's who

Who’s Who in the Zoo

You may have noticed a few new staff and volunteer faces around the shelters. To ensure that everyone is familiar with our fellow team members, we’re adding this section to welcome new employees and recognize those who have achieved milestones. In that vein, please extend a warm CCAS welcome to our new CCAS team members:

  • Brandon Balbas – Animal Center Technician
  • Victoria Castellanos – Animal Center Technician
  • Renee Commins - Animal Center Technician
  • Stefani Buzzard – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Priscilla Echols – Veterinary Assistant
  • Martha Cline  - Transfer Partner Coordinator
  • Jose Rubalcalva-Gallo – Animal Services Officer
  • Dr. DeAbreu Browyn-Purcell – Veterinarian
  • Jennifer Escalante – Volunteer
  • Stephanie Hernandez – Volunteer
  • Nestor Lopez – Volunteer
  • Katiana Galdon-Ramos – Volunteer
  • Madeline Anderson – Volunteer
  • Brooke Patterson – Volunteer
We would also like to congratulate the following CCAS employees who have recently celebrated their 20th year of service with Contra Costa Animal Services:
  • Nicole Baptist – Senior Clerk
  • Laurie Cameron – Office Manager
  • Cindy Grimley-Beason – Animal Services Officer
in the news

CCAS in the News

Check out this great story about CCAS from the East Bay Times. (please note that there were some errors in the story that the East Bay Times corrected at the very end of the article)

Effective New Policies at Animal Services
MARTINEZ — More than 300 healthy dogs, cats and other animals are waiting for someone to take them home from the Contra Costa Animal Services facility in Martinez, and odds of that happening are getting better every day… [Read More]

Animal Tales – CCAS Blog

New Year's Resolutions
Remember that New Year's resolution you made? We're most of the way through January and how are you doing so far? Did it turn out to be more daunting and unenjoyable than you thought? Well, it's not too late to take on a new resolution that's fun . . . Read more

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