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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Shelter Enrichment Team

Dogs being adopted at Contra Costa

The Shelter Enrichment Team was created to solve the issue of enrichment for animals in the care of the County. A medically healthy dog isn't necessarily behaviorally, mentally, or emotionally well. It is no surprise that animals are stressed within the shelter system. They are deprived of whatever normalcy they had prior to coming to the shelter. They are flooded with sounds, sights, scents and the adrenaline that comes with the animal mindset of fight or flight from unfamiliar experiences.

Our Enrichment program provides dogs in the shelter system an outlet for built up energy, while building trusting relationships with the people who care for them daily. We focus on the animals who are not yet ready for adoption. We work to help these animals improve their relationships with people by addressing the specific issues that make it challenging to place them in forever homes. 

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