Pet Safety Net

This program provides critical resources to prevent pets from being surrendered to shelters. If you are a Contra Costa County resident who, without intervention, would be forced to surrender your pet(s) due to financial crisis or personal crisis, we want to assist.

Assistance may be available for services such as:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations and microchips
  • Veterinary treatment with good prognosis
  • Pet rental deposit
  • Temporary boarding
  • Pet supplies, pet food, and cat litter
  • Behavior and training, including classes and private consultations
  • Medical grooming
  • Yard or fence repairs
  • Humane euthanasia
  • and more

At this time, the program cannot assist with the treatment of medical conditions with a poor prognosis (except for humane euthanasia), immediate veterinary care, continuing care for chronic conditions, some housing issues (i.e.: non-negotiable “no pets allowed” policies, unless an emotional support animal or service dog), personal or household dynamics, long-term boarding, or long-term assistance with daily pet care.

To qualify:

  • Proof of Contra Costa County, California residency is required (CA state-issued ID, utility bill, etc).
  • If you would, without intervention, be forced to surrender your pet(s) to an animal shelter due to a financial or personal crisis.

Note: Contra Costa Animal Services has awarded funding to a number of nonprofits in the Bay Area who might be able to assist with resources to allow you to keep your pet, provide veterinary care for your pet, and/or provide sterilization services for your pet. Resources available are similar to those provided by the Pet Safety Net. For more information, please call (925) 608-8400. With the exception of Antioch, we have not received any government funding to award these services.

Qualifications for Assistance Programs

Pet Safety Net

  • Proof of Contra Costa County, California residency is required (CA state-issued ID, utility bill, etc).  
  • If you would, without intervention, be forced to surrender your pet(s) to an animal shelter due to a financial or personal crisis.

Additional Resources Available

Please explore the following pages on our site for additional resources for pet guardians. These organizations listed were compiled as a courtesy and are neither endorsed, nor guaranteed, by Joybound People & Pets. The requirements for assistance vary, so please review the requirements for each individually and contact the organizations themselves for the most up-to-date information.

Other Information

No Emergency Services

We are not able to assist with emergencies. If an animal is having a medical emergency, please call or go to your nearest emergency veterinary hospital for immediate assistance. 

Client Privacy Statement

We honor client privacy. We do not sell or give personal data to third parties for commercial purposes.

Animal Welfare Concerns

As a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we do not have jurisdiction to investigate or prosecute cases of animal abuse or neglect. To report animal welfare concerns or another animal emergency, please contact your local animal services department.

For most of Contra Costa County, please contact Contra Costa County Animal Services at (925) 608-8400. For Antioch, California residents, please contact Antioch Animal Services at (925) 779-6989.

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