Local 1 Members Connect with County Residents

Published on: August 20, 2014

On August 5, 2014, members of the Contra Costa County Animal Services unit of Local 1 were making a difference at the annual Project Homeless Connect, held at the Richmond Civic Center. This yearly event, put on by the Contra Costa Health Services Department, provides substance abuse, legal, public heath, veterinary services and a hot meal to over 1,000 homeless County residents.

Many of the residents served by Project Homeless Connect have pets and bring those pets with them to the event. While the event participants go inside to interact with the providers, the pets brought by many participants must remain outside.

Fortunately, Animal Services has an answer. Each year, volunteers and shelter staff erect a temporary kennel to house the dogs–the same type of temporary kennel that could be used in an emergency or disaster situation. Additionally, veterinarians and veterinary technicians on site provide vaccinations and other veterinary services to the animals. This year, approximately 70 animals received treatment that they may not have otherwise received.

While the pets remain outside with Animal Services, PHC participants were able to make their way inside to interact with members of the Health Services Department and a wide variety of additional services.

Congratulations to the members of  Contra Costa Health Services and Contra Costa County Animal Services unit for another successful year of service at Project Homeless Connect!

For more information on Project Homeless connect, click here.

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