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Furry Friends Food Relief Program to hold Roaring 20’s benefit dinner, Feb. 11 in Brentwood

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Roaring 20's artThe Furry Friends Food Relief Program (FFFR) will hold their second annual benefit dinner Saturday, February 11, 2017. Just in time to spend a wonderful evening with family, friends or that special someone for Valentine’s Day.

We assist families in need in Contra Costa County with dog and cat food.  We now have our food pantry open every Monday from 7-8 pm and Wednesday from 6-8 pm, located at 1300 Central Blvd, Brentwood. We do low cost vaccine clinics and food distributions to the public every 4 weeks, please check our calendar on our website for the next upcoming clinic.

We are always in need of donations of medical supplies, flea treatment, food, bedding, collars, leashes, crates, anything to assist families and their furry friends.

The theme for this year’s dinner will be The Roaring 20’s and it will be held, once again at the beautiful event center at Shadow Lakes Golf Course in Brentwood, located at 401 W Country Club Drive from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.  The evening will be filled with music, dancing and wonderful silent auction items.

Cocktail hour from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Appetizers and salads will be served along with rolls. Dinner choices are pork tenderloin, salmon, the vegetarian option is Eggplant Parmesan with sides of mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.  The pork tenderloin has a creamy Dijon-wine sauce and Salmon is topped with garlic, lemon, butter and onions. No-Host Bar.

We have wonderful raffle and silent auction items to bid on. Stop by to have some fun at the Photo Station. It’s going to be a great night of fun to raise money for this organization who helps families keep their pets out of the shelters.

Get your tickets before February 3, 2017 and join us in a fun and different way to spend time with friends, family, or that special someone.  Each table seats up to 8-10 people.

Ticket sales are going on now at

Furry Friends Food Relief Program – “Helping those in need feed their Furry Friends.” Tax ID 47-2163583.

For more information visit us online at,  “Like” us on Facebook or you can contact us by phone or text at 925-240-3178.

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Free photos of your pet with Santa, during annual Happy Howl-A-Days event, Saturday, Dec. 17

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016


Get on the Howl-A-Day Express and enjoy the annual Happy Howl-A-Days event at the Antioch Animals Services shelter from 10 am to 4:30 pm, this Saturday, December 17.

Be sure to bring a camera for free photos with Santa from 2-4 pm. Plus enjoy treats, give-a-ways and FREE pet adoptions, too. The shelter is located at 300 L Street, corner of West 2nd Street, next to the Antioch Police Facility.

It’s the friendly, caring folks at Antioch Animal Services’ way of saying, “Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas” to Fido and your calico, or whatever kind of feline you fancy.

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Take a pet “Home for the Holidays” for free from Antioch Animal Services, Dec. 17 – Jan. 14

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

antioch_animal_services_home_for_the_holidaysv2At Tuesday night’s Antioch City Council meeting, Antioch Police Lieutenant Tarra Mendes announced that pet adoptions at Antioch Animal Services (AAS) will be free to the public, with fees subsidized by ARF and supported by a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund, during the “Home for the Holidays” promotion from December 17 until January 14. In addition to waived adoption fees, adopters will receive a $30 gift card courtesy of Pet Food Express to help with the cost of food or supplies for the new family pet. Standard adoption criteria apply, and all animals will be spayed or neutered prior to being released to their adoptive homes in accordance with California State law.

Also, from November 21 to December 15, ARF is granting 501(c)(3) animal rescue group partners a $100 incentive for each “harder to place” animal transferred from AAS, including pit bulls, animals with one or more treatable medical conditions, and animals over five years of age.

Both of these promotions are an effort to further reduce AAS’s shelter animal population and to provide these animals a loving home for the holidays.

Additionally, beginning December 20, AAS will only be accepting animal surrenders by appointment so that ARF’s Pet Safety Net program can work with pet owners to provide some resources to the public in an effort to help citizens keep their pets in their existing homes. Drop-off or same-day owner surrenders to AAS will not be accommodated in order to preserve space for animals in critical need, such as stray or injured animals, who will continue to be accepted without an appointment. Citizens who need to surrender their pet must submit an inquiry on the AAS website and a representative will arrange for further resources or an appointment for surrender.

The City of Antioch is dependent on the public’s help in lowering the shelter population to allow for important changes and ensuring positive outcomes for Antioch’s animals now and in the future. Community support is critical to AAS’s success.

Donations to support improvements at AAS may be made to a restricted fund, which will solely support operations and capital improvements for the AAS shelter, online at

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Get photos of your pet with Santa at Somersville Towne Center, Saturday, Dec. 10

Friday, December 2nd, 2016


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Antioch Animal Services to honor military veterans, November 11th & 12th

Friday, November 4th, 2016


Adoption fee waivers for veterans

Antioch Animal Services will be expressing their gratitude to the men and women who have served our country by honoring them in the Antioch Veteran’s Day Parade, Friday, November 11th, in Antioch. Several Shelter Staff & Volunteers, many who are Veterans themselves, will march in the parade accompanied by dogs available for adoption from Antioch Animal Services.

The Celebration of Thanks continues on Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the facility located at 300 L St in Antioch, where Antioch Animal Services will be waiving the Adoption Fee on any pet adopted by a Current or Former Member of the Military or Qualified Dependent. The waived Adoption Fee includes: spay/neuter, microchip and shots. Proof of military service must be presented in the form of Military ID, Veterans Administration ID, Military Dependent ID or DD214.

Available pets can be viewed at the facility or on-line at: The staff and volunteers at Antioch Animal Services are grateful to those who have given so freely of themselves by serving our great nation.

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Special discounts on pet adoptions during Antioch Police & Animal Services Halloween event, Saturday

Thursday, October 27th, 2016


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Antioch Animal Services, VIP Petcare to offer vax, adoption specials, Saturday, Oct. 15

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Antioch Animal Services in conjunction with VIP PetCare will be providing low cost vaccinations and preventative care services on Saturday, October 15th from 11 am to 2 pm at Antioch Animal Services, located at 300 L Street at the corner of West 2nd Streets in downtown Antioch. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.

VIP Pet Care will be giving FREE Rabies Vaccinations to DOGS ONLY. In addition, Saturday, October 15th will be AMNESTY DAY at Antioch Animal Services for any residents who have an overdue/delinquent dog license. You will only be required to pay for the license. All overdue/delinquent fees will be forgiven throughout the day. This is a great service for our community.

In addition they will be holding Happy Chi-lloween on Saturday, October 15th. All Chihuahua and Chihuahua Mixes will have a Reduced Adoption Fee of $25 to Qualified Homes.* The adoption fee includes: spay/neuter, microchip and shots. Please see flyer, below.

*Must present valid government issued ID, proof of home ownership (or lease with pet clause if renting), ALL household members, including canine, must be present for meet and greet.


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Antioch Council discusses housing for homeless, votes to bring in ARF to help Animal Shelter

Friday, October 7th, 2016

arf-logoBy Nick Goodrich

During its meeting on Tuesday, September 27th, the Antioch City Council heard a report from Assemblyman Jim Frazier, discussed housing for the city’s homeless, and  voted to bring in Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to provide help for its struggling animal shelter.

Frazier’s Report

To open the meeting, Council hosted Assemblyman Jim Frazier, who provided an update on his recent legislative activities in the California State Assembly and sought support for his transportation funding proposal.

Frazier was pleased to note the completion of the Highway 4 corridor widening project, which he has worked for since his time on Transplan, the East County division of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

The project, which amounted to $1.3 billion through the county’s half-cent sales tax measure and state funds, created over 12,000 jobs and employed more than 40 local businesses.

“We have infrastructure in poor shape. It’s horrible, it’s crumbling,” he said. As the chairman of the Transportation Committee in California, Frazier said he has made it his mission to create and support various transportation projects in the state.

He reported that he has been working with his colleagues, local communities, and industry experts to develop an all-inclusive plan that would help make major improvements to California’s transportation and infrastructure.

“By strengthening trade corridors and improving the movement of goods, this proposal keeps businesses in California,” he told the Council.

In addition, Frazier’s plan calls for an additional $7.4 billion annually to be designated for transportation in the state. It includes increases to the tax on gas and diesel, as well as to the vehicle license registration fee.

He called on Antioch residents and citizens throughout California to show their enthusiasm for his plan by writing letters of support to their local newspapers and representatives.

“Let’s make transportation funding a priority this year,” he said.

Public Hearing: Priorities for Housing and Homeless

Council also oversaw a public hearing on priorities for Antioch’s homeless population. The city’s plan, which began with a study session in August of this year, includes providing a grant program for mobile home owners and seeking County funds to support homeless outreach.

Outreach to Antioch’s homeless will soon see an increase, as at least one County-funded outreach team will begin operating mostly in the East Bay—namely, Pittsburg, Antioch, etc. All homeless outreach in Contra Costa will be funded by the County, but Antioch has still managed to allocate $38,000 for the fiscal year in order to resolve the issue of homelessness in the city.

The Council is expected to allocate extra money toward increased outreach as needed—for example, if a second outreach team is deemed necessary, the city will contribute to the County’s funding to help make that happen. Or, an outreach team that operates in the evening will be given the funding to allow it to operate for more hours during the week.

An East County care center, designed to replace the resource center that used to work with the Don Brown shelter on 4th Street, was tentatively approved for County funding to the tune of over $660,000.

East County is currently the only County location that does not have a multi-resource center. A suitable location is still in the works, however, and funding for the center won’t be available for the next 8-10 months.

Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock made sure to clarify that, if the city needs to, it can always designate more than its current $38,000 to help out.

“I just want to make sure our hands aren’t tied,” she said.

Animal Rescue Foundation Steps In

The Council then discussed a Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership with Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).

ARF has agreed to provide the Antioch Animal Shelter with services and expertise in key areas for a one-year period, at no cost to the City. The partnership comes on the heels of months of complaints about the state of Antioch’s Animal Shelter, by many residents.

During the Council’s last meeting, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando presented a list of options for the city to consider to begin addressing some of the issues the shelter faces, such as funding shortages and a lack of trained professionals. Seeking outside help was among them.

Several residents from the surrounding area stated their satisfaction with the ARF partnership, including Louise McGuire, a resident of Concord, where ARF has run a successful shelter for years.

“I applaud the Memorandum of Understanding,” McGuire told the Council. “I hope that this resolution will benefit the lives of the animals in the shelter, and also the people the people that care for them.”

Karen Kopps, President of HARP, the Homeless Animals Response Program, was happy with the news.

“I’m also delighted that this update is being done now, and not in early 2017,” she stated. “So, thank you.”

An initial meeting and walk through of the shelter will be conducted with ARF soon, the council reported. That will allow ARF to determine the number of staff and number of hours they will provide.

Harper was happy to give the community a concrete course of action after continued complaints about the shelter.

“TherResolution is not yet a detailed plan,” he said. “But it looks like we’re attempting to take steps move forward. We’re listening. We still have a responsibility to make improvements…Now it’s time for us to start making those improvements.”

The resolution to approve the understanding with ARF was approved by Council in a unanimous 5-0 vote.

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