At Contra Costa Humane Society, we want to be sure every animal has the most compatible human companion.
Some of the animals that we help have special needs or particular temperaments, so we work hard to ensure that we assess your needs also.
CCHS lists adoptable animals through three different programs:
Foster Program: Available animals have been pulled from local animal shelters and placed in CCHS-approved foster homes until such time that they can be adopted. These animals are spayed/neutered before adoption, vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped. Find out more about the adoption program for cats/kittens or about the adoption program for dogs/puppies.
Re-Homing Assistance Program: CCHS acts as an advertising resource for members of the public who have to re-home their companion dog or cat.
Kitty Corner: A private, on-site shelter, Kitty Corner houses adult, senior and special-needs cats owned by Contra Costa County Animal Services and/or CCHS and adopts them to members of the public. All cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, FeLV/FIV tested and vaccinated.
How does the adoption process work?
Because of our different programs, our animals reside in different locations:
- Dogs and puppies reside in foster homes and can be met by appointment.
- Cats and kittens reside either at Kitty Corner or in foster homes.
- Kitty Corner cats can be met during the week by appointment (to ensure someone’s here to let you in); by drop-in at weekend adoption events (Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 12-3pm); or by appointment on weekends.
- Cats and kittens in foster homes can be met by appointment.
- Dogs and cats can be met at specific adoption events throughout the month.
We recommend browsing the dogs and cats we have available for adoption and ask that all potential adopters complete an adoption application before meeting the animal of interest to help us get the best of idea of the type of animal for which you’re looking. If you rent your home, we do require proof of the ability to house a dog or cat either by providing a copy of your rental agreement or a signed letter from your landlord before you are able to officially adopt an animal.
All adoption applications are reviewed based on the order in which they arrive. Some animals prove to be quite popular, so if multiple applications arrive within a 24-hour period, we will review applications based on the order in which they arrive and then assess compatibility based on the available applications. Our goal is to make the process as fair as possible to everyone while keeping the animals’ needs at the forefront.
Dogs: If the applicant seems to be a potential match for the animal of interest, we will set up a first meet n’ greet appointment at the applicant’s home, at which point if the meeting goes well and all parties feel comfortable moving forward with adoption, we will reconvene within 24-48 hours to complete adoption paperwork.