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CCAS Newsletter - February 2018
St Pitty's Day

Everyone's a Pitty on St. Pitty's Day

It’s been a great start to 2018 at CCAS and March is shaping up to be an exciting month! With everyone anxiously looking forward to our 8thannual St. Pitty’s Day adoption event, there’s much excitement in the air and the animals know their forever home is coming soon. Read below for information on this year’s St. Pitty’s Day adoption event, our January shelter stats, some local news about keeping pets safe in the winter and an important guest blog from our Chief of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Bela Kisamov. 
And remember to keep yourself and your pets warm during this cold weather snap.  
Wags and purrs

St. Pitty's Day

St. Pitty's Day - March Promotion

t’s that time of year again… On Saturday, March 17th CCAS will be hosting our 8th annual St. Pitty’s Day adoption event. Our St. Pitty’s Day adoption event will feature local vendors and animal rescue groups, in addition to hundreds of animals hoping to find their forever homes. St. Pitty’s Day is our annual event dedicated to showcasing our wonderful bully breed shelter dogs, which make up over half of the animal population in our County shelters. The event seeks to raise awareness about these often misunderstood breeds and displays to the community what great pets and members of the family they can be. St. Pitty’s Day also provides an opportunity to interact with – and adopt - our shelter dogs and highlights the collaborative work between CCAS and our local rescue group partners. Even more… to make it super for easy to adopt on St. Pitty’s Day, adoption fees will be reduced to only xxx for all animals… Because everyone’s a pitty on St. Pitty’s Day!  
For more information, please contact Stefani Buzzard

Tahoe gets adopted
Adoption Update
Our Valentine's Day free adoption promotion from February 13 -18 resulted in 70 animals finding their forever homes! Thank you to all of the families who welcomed in new family members, and to all of our volunteers who stayed long hours to help with adoption counseling. Shelter alum Rula (formerly Kauai- adopted last year) and her Dad came in and both fell in love with Tahoe. He went home with them and we hear he's already doing really well!

January Stats Available

We have recently compiled our January 2018 stats and have posted them on our website. The January stats show that 2018 is getting off to a great start!
Some highlights from January include:

Live Release Rate – All Animals = 89.9%
Live Release Rate – Dogs & Cats = 91.1%
Live Release Rate – Dogs = 92.4%
                                                   Live Release Rate – Cats = 88.6%
                                                   Adoptions = 226
                                                   Transfers = 179
                                                   Overall Animal Intake = 665
                                                   To view the full set of CCAS stats, go to

Animal Tails – CCAS Blog

Canine Influenza
Now that Canine Influenza Virus (CIV, Canine Flu) has arrived in the Bay Area, what information do you need to know? Dr. Bela Kisamov, Chief of Shelter Medicine, at Contra Costa Animal Services, provides this insight
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Canine Influenza
in the news

CCAS in the News

Last week, CCAS worked with local media stations to help pet owners prepare their pets for the cold weather snap that was predicted for the coming weeks. CCAS was featured on NBC Bay Area, ABC, the East Bay Time and over a dozen local community publications. We’ve posted the East County Today story below. Please keep in mind that we are still experiencing colder than normal temperatures, so please be sure to spread the word about keeping pets safe during cold weather.
Contra Costa Animal Services Encourages Keeping Animals Indoors During Cold Weather
MARTINEZ — Martinez, CA – Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is encouraging residents to keep their animals indoors this weekend, as weather forecasts are predicting the coldest temperatures of the year.… [Read More] 

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