Contra Costa Animal Services Animal Tails

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Nov 04

The Evolution of the Animal Services Officer

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 9:44 AM by Lori Calvery

dog catcher

“Run Buddy! The dog catcher is here!” A proclamation any Animal Services Officer who has been in the business for a while knows all too well. 

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Oct 01

A Dog Named Wanda

Posted on October 1, 2019 at 2:18 PM by Lori Calvery

Wanda the German Shepherd-2

This beautiful girl is Wanda. Wanda came to CCAS in April of 2018 and was described as nervous, timid and highly dog reactive. Wanda was a dog with a lot of potential, she just needed to work on building her confidence and being more at ease around other dogs. She quickly became a project of our enrichment team due to these issues and the potential she showed. 

To help Wanda succeed, our team utilized a range of measures to reduce her stress and improve her confidence, including visual barriers to cover the other dog kennels to help alleviate her stress, working on human and dog interactions, muzzle training and providing her with in-kennel enrichment activities to keep her sane in the kennel.

Wanda the German Shepherd-1

Over time, Wanda’s behavior steadily improved and she was ultimately adopted by her soulmate, a woman who was familiar with the breed and all of Wanda’s quirks. We were so excited to receive an update from Wanda’s adopter who reports that Wanda, now named “Rachel,” is doing fabulous and that she enjoys her home and her daily walks in the Presidio.  

Sep 03

One Stop Shopping at the Bay Area Pet Fair

Posted on September 3, 2019 at 1:48 PM by Lori Calvery

If you’re thinking about getting a new fur or feathered friend, you couldn’t find a better one-stop shop than the annual Bay Area Pet Fair, which gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

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