Animal Sheltering: More Than Just Adoption

Today, on New Year’s Eve, we tend to reflect back on the year and look forward to what may come. For us at the San Jose Animal Shelter, 2017 has been a whirlwind of a year, yet many of the lives that we have touched will never be posted on this page or shared for the world to see.

We have certainly been part of many new beginnings as homeless animals in our care were adopted into their forever homes. While we have also broken up some families by removing animals from abusive or neglectful homes, we have also done our best to keep families together whenever possible. Our animal shelter housed and cared for animals belonging to people who were affected by unfortunate circumstances such as the San Jose floods in early 2017.

One recent example of our shelter’s efforts to keep families together was with Homie, a cat who incurred a significant degloving injury to his tail. Homie’s family surrendered him to our shelter because they were unable to provide the care (most likely surgery) that he needed.

Tail Amputation Degloving Injury Reunited with Family Animal Shelter

At first, Homie was a bit moody in the shelter, which was not surprising since many owned cats can be temperamental when they are in an unfamiliar environment and do not feel comfortable. Despite this, our shelter’s veterinary team was able to medicate Homie and keep him comfortable until it was time for his surgery to amputate the injured part of his tail.

Tail Amputation Degloving Injury Reunited with Family Animal Shelter

Getting Homie ready for surgery to amputate his injured tail.

Tail Amputation Degloving Injury Reunited with Family Animal Shelter

Homie after the injured part of his tail was surgically amputated.

Homie’s family called regularly to check up on him and were happy to take him back after the surgery. After the amputation, the shelter cared for Homie until he was healed and ready to leave the shelter. At that point, there was a very happy reunion – and that is what animal sheltering is all about!

Animal sheltering is not only about caring for homeless animals and trying to find them homes. We recognize that keeping an animal in its home can be incredibly important not only to the animal but also to the owners.  The human–animal bond is a powerful connection that we try to foster and preserve whenever possible, as long as the animal is not in danger.

Tail Amputation Degloving Injury Reunited with Family Animal Shelter

Homie after surgery.

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