Alert: CCAS Temporarily Closed to Rabbit Intake
Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is currently closed ot rabbit intake, with the exception of sick or injured rabbits, due to lack of available kennel space. This protocol will be in effect until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Alert: Virulent Newcastle Disease Warning for Bird & Poultry Owners
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has issued a warning for chicken owners and caretakers in the state regarding Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND), a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting birds and poultry. Though no cases have been reported in Contra Costa County, a recent case in Alameda County and many confirmed cases in southern California mean bird owners should be on alert. VND is not a food safety concern. In rare instances, people in close contact with infected birds may get a mild fever or redness around the eyes, symptoms that usually go away without medical treatment.
If you think you have a sick bird, call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473. For more information, visit the CDFA’s VND webpage by clicking here.