Martinez animal shelter receives 33 dogs Jan. 3

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Overcrowding at Contra Costa County Animal Services is always a problem, but the issue was made significantly worse Tuesday, Jan. 3, when 33 dogs came into the Martinez shelter.

A post on Smart Paws Pet Resources’ Facebook page showed nine dogs crowded into one kennel at the Martinez shelter. The post was made on Wednesday along with an urgent call to potential adoptive families.

“Only by seeing and sharing the crisis we face of homeless pets in our county can we make a difference, because everyone can do something,” the post read. “We need adopters and fosters to get these dogs out.”

Not all of the dogs shown in the post were immediately available for adoption, with some awaiting health and behavioral screening, but the shelter has hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits and even Guinea pigs ready for adoption.

“Foster, adopt, donate to your favorite rescue, volunteer,” the post stated.

To see a list of available animals, visit the shelter in person at 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez. Some of the animals are also available for view online at

Remember to spay and neuter your pets!

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