Contra Costa Humane Society

Pleasant Hill, California

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About Contra Costa Humane Society

Contra Costa Humane Society in Pleasant Hill, California was formed in 1991 as the result of the merger between two groups: Stop Pets' Annual Yield and Animal Protection Bureau.

Contra Costa Humane Society operates the following programs in Contra Costa County:

  • Adoption Program: Companion dogs and cats are removed from local public shelters and placed in foster homes until they find their loving forever homes.
  • AniMeals: In partnership with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, pet food and supplies are distributed to needy families to help them keep their pets.
  • Educational Outreach: The society helps educate the public on animal care issues, including owner pet care issues and advocacy.
  • Foster Program: Foster homes provide temporary refuge, care, and companionship to homeless dogs and cats until they find their permanent homes. Contra Costa Humane Society pays for all food, medical care, and supply expenses.
  • Kitty Corner: A first-of-its-kind collaborative partnership with Contra Costa County Animal Services, Kitty Corner is a private shelter for adult and special needs cats. Cats enjoy spacious enclosures at night and free-roam during the day while awaiting adoptive homes.
  • Re-homing Assistance Program: This is a service provided to the public when they can no longer care for their companion cats and dogs. Frequently, a situation arises in which an animal must be re-homed. After exploring all other options, Contra Costa Humane Society will post a photo and biography of the companion animal available for re-homing.
  • Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP reduces the number of unwanted pets in the county by providing financial assistance to low-income residents to have their animals spayed or neutered. The service is also offered for feral cats.

Considering adoption from Contra Costa Humane Society? Keep reading below for more information on their process and fees.

Contact Info

171 Mayhew Way Ste 101
Pleasant Hill
(925) 279-2247

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

There are so many good reasons to adopt a pet. Not only are you saving a life, but adopting will cost less than buying a pet from a breeder or store. Adopted pets are often already trained, too.

To adopt a cat from Contra Costa Humane Society

  1. View available cats on the society's website.
  2. Cats are housed in different 3 locations: at the shelter, in a foster home, or in their current home awaiting re-homing. Click on the cat's profile to see which location they're at before you visit.
  3. Complete an adoption application on the cat's profile page.
  4. Once your application has been submitted and received, it'll be reviewed and you'll be contacted.
  5. Applications are processed based on the order received and the most suitable match for the cat.
  6. Once a match has been found, arrange a time to meet the cat.
  7. If everything goes well, complete the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  8. Take the lucky cat home!

To adopt a dog from Contra Costa Humane Society:

  1. View available dogs on the society's website.
  2. All adoptable dogs live in foster homes, and you can meet them by appointment or sometimes at adoption events.
  3. If you're interested in meeting a particular dog, complete an adoption application on the dog's profile page.
  4. Once your application has been submitted and received, it will be reviewed by an adoption counselor. You can expect to hear back within 48 hours.
  5. Applications are processed based on the order in which they're received considering which applicants are the most suitable match for the dog.
  6. Once a match has been found, arrange a time to meet the dog.
  7. If everything goes well, complete the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  8. Take the lucky dog home!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Contra Costa Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $350
  • Adults (6+ months): $250


  • Kittens (up to 6 months): $130
  • Adults (6+ months): $100
  • Seniors (7+ years): $50

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and vaccinations.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Contra Costa Humane Society
Pleasant Hill
directly using the contact info above.

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