Here’s how you can help

There are over 50 communities that save every healthy and treatable animal. They all use a set of programs that the No Kill Advocacy Center calls the No Kill Equation, programs that reduce intake, make sure animals are well cared for in the shelter, and make each animals’ time in the shelter as brief as possible by placing them in foster, with rescues, back with their owners, or with adopters. The most important factor in success is to have a Compassionate Director; that is, a competent, inspiring person who is committed to saving lives. That’s what we need in Stockton and San Joaquin County. Here’s how you can help achieve that and save every possible animal: 

1. Educate yourself and others,

2. Help the animals,

3. Investigate and document conditions at Stockton Animal Services, and

4. Lead and organize your neighborhood, school, church, or organization to bring the No Kill Equation to Stockton. 

1. Educate yourself and your family, friends, and neighbors

Learn what’s going on at Stockton Animal Services by following Central California Pets Alive Facebook page and blog. Learn about state and local law and Stockton’s practices.

Go to Stockton Animal Services, see for yourself, and let others know.

Learn about the No Kill Equation and shelters that are transforming and succeeding at saving every healthy and treatable animal. Read Nathan Winograd’s books Redemption, Irreconcilable Differences, and/or Friendly Fire, and check out websites and Facebook pages such as No-Kill News, No Kill Nation, and the No Kill Advocacy Center.

2. Help the animals

If you can foster or adopt, that’s great. Send a message to Central California Pets Alive on Facebook or and we’ll put you in touch with rescues.

If you can’t foster or adopt, you can still help. You can make a tax-deductible donation to Pups Rescue, the rescue responsible for many of the sick and injured animals we’ve saved. If you don’t need your donation to be tax deductible, contact us about directly paying the veterinary bill for treatment, vaccines, spay or neuter. Collect spare change from people in your office, church, school, club, etc. and use it to buy dog or cat food, litter, bedding, etc. Contact us and we’ll work with you to figure out how to go about fundraising–remember, we are new at this, too, so be patient. We are all in it for the animals.

Recruit fosters and adopters. Spread the word.

3. Investigate and document conditions at Stockton Animal Services.

Go to Stockton Animal Services. Check on the conditions of cats, adoptable dogs, and strays (all held in different parts of the pound). The stray dogs are held behind a locked steel door, which is one of the reasons the save rate is so low, so ask to see those dogs. Take photos. Document any that appear sick or injured: write down the animal ID#, for example, A123456, and ask staff about veterinary care. Post what you find to the Central California Pets Alive FB page and tell your City Council member and Mayor, too.

To better understand what conditions mean, see this post about what Stockton needs to do to operate Animal Services lawfully:

4. Lead and organize your neighborhood, school, church, or organization to bring the No Kill Equation to Stockton. 

Send us a message, through CCPA’s Facebook page or to, or in a comment here, and one of us (we’re a small grassroots group) will be happy to meet with your group about what’s going on with Stockton Animal Services and what we can do to fix it.

This kitten appears not to have received veterinary care even after 3 days in the “shelter” and a request for care that I made to staff on Thursday, Nov. 15. This kitten, the dog in the photo that follows, and every other animal at Stockton Animal Services, needs your help.

One of a litter with animal id#s A191533, 34, 35, 36.
Call (209) 937-8274


A191597 appears to need veterinary care. He is being held behind the locked steel door of the stray area where hardly anyone, even animal advocates, knows to look. Ask to see him. Call 209-937-8274. Email and ask what veterinary care he has received and what the staff is doing to find him rescue.


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