Who We Are

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that has. — Margaret Mead

Thank you for your interest in Contra Costa Humane Society!  CCHS is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves Contra Costa County animals and the people who love them.  We are an individual organization and not related to any other humane society, SPCA, rescue group, county shelter or government agency.  Similarly, we are not a branch of Humane Society of the United States nor do we receive any funding from the government.  Our funding is generated from private and corporate donations as well as grants.

CCHS operates many programs from our office in Pleasant Hill, including:

  • Foster programs for adoptable dogs and cats
  • Kitty Corner, an on-site, free-roam cat shelter for adult, senior & special needs adoptable cats
  • AniMeals, a supplemental pet food and supply program for county residents
  • SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program), which helps lower-income county residents spay/neuter their companion dogs and cats
  • Information Referral

We are a small staff of two full-time and two part-time people and are capable of doing what we do thanks to the more than 150 active volunteers we have helping us.


To improve the quality of life for animals, decrease euthanasia rates, and educate the public to foster compassion, responsibility, and respect for animals.


A society where all animals are cared for and respected in their forever homes and by all members in our community.


Contra Costa Humane Society was formed as the result of the merger between two groups, Stop Pets’ Annual Yield (SPAY) and Animal Protection Bureau (APB). SPAY was established in 1971 to support the Spay/Neuter Clinic locally and APB formed in 1980 to combat the homeless animal problem in Contra Costa County. A merger between the two groups was completed in 1991 and we have served Contra Costa County as CCHS ever since.

CCHS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID# 68-0281428).

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