Animal Services reports 16 percent hike in animal intakes during Fourth of July holiday

More animal adopters and fosters needed after Fourth of July holiday
Homer is a neutered male, cream and white Siberian Husky, who is available for adoption at the Martinez shelter. (Photo courtesy of CCAS).

Contra Costa Animal Services is offering free adoptions throughout July to clear out kennel space caused by increased intake during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

CCAS is also seeking qualified foster homes, specifically those that can accomodate large dog breeds, to alleviate shelter conditions.

The Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring the free adoption program.

“Coming out of the 4th of July holiday, we’ve seen a 16 percent increase in our animal intake and we’re close to reaching our capacity,” said Dr. Katherine Mills, DVM, CCAS Chief of Shelter Medicine. “With an already crowded shelter and an average intake of nearly 20 animals each day, we’re asking for the community’s help in getting as many pets out of the shelter as we possibly can through adoption and foster.”

CCAS currently has over 100 pets seeking permanent or temporary homes. Interested adopters and fosters can view CCAS’s available pets at, or come to meet them at the CCAS adoption center in Martinez. A $25 licensing fee may apply for pet adoptions.

The CCAS Adoption Center is located at 4800 Imhoff Pl., Martinez, CA, 94553. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

View animals available for adoption here.

Foster information here.