Adoption fees reduced to make room in county animal shelters

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County Animal Services is offering animal adoptions at reduced cost in order to make room in its shelters for more animals, said Steve Burdo, media and community relations manager.

Those lowered rates started Wednesday and will be in effect through Saturday, March 17, he said.

“During this period, the adoption fee for all animals will be $25,” he said. That doesn’t cover the cost to license the animal, he explained, but is in effect in both the Martinez and Pinole shelters, both of which are at capacity.

The final day of the reduced adoption costs will be the Animal Services’ eighth annual “St. Pitty’s Day, when all “bully” breeds of dogs will be available for free adoptions, Burdo said. Other animals can be adopted for $25.

“This annual event is an opportunity to showcases our wonderful bully breed shelter dogs, enlighten and educate the public about this amazing breed and highlight the work of our rescue and transfer groups who specialize in this breed of dog,” he said.

The Contra Costa County Animal Services is the largest animal welfare organization in Contra Costa County. In addition to adoptions, it provides animal care services, shelter for the homeless, abandoned or lost animals and provides education and services for animals and the people who care for them.

Its Field Services Division protects health and safety of people and animals through enforcement of state and other laws, protects the public from animal injury and helps prevent cruel, abusive and neglectful treatment of animals.

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