Sammy’s Tail Injury: The Tip of the Iceberg

When Sammy was first evaluated by our veterinary team at the San Jose Animal Shelter, the tip of his tail was black and necrotic. Something had happened to Sammy to injure his tail – perhaps a crushing injury – yet he was a stray cat, and our team knew nothing about his history. The only Read More …

Two Fractures, One Leg

A handsome cat, who came to be described as “aggressively affectionate,” was brought to the San Jose animal shelter with a concern about one of his hind legs. He was reportedly not using one of them. The shelter’s veterinary team examined the handsome cat and tentatively diagnosed him with a femur fracture near his knee Read More …

Tiny Orange Tabby Kitten with Unusual Tail Injury

At the San Jose animal shelter, we are regularly amazed by how animals can persevere through very serious injuries. One case we recently saw was a tiny, fluffy, orange tabby kitten who came in with a broken tail. The kitten was full of energy and very playful. He would run around his kennel, roll around, and reach for Read More …

Cat Surrendered by Owner Due to Severely Swollen Paw

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $1,000 A cat owner brought her cat to the shelter with a severely swollen left front paw. The owner knew nothing about what had happened to the cat. The only thing she told us was her veterinarian had said that the leg needed to be amputated, and if it didn’t Read More …

Poodle Mix with Irreversible Quadriceps Contracture

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $2,500 In June we had a Poodle Mix in our care at the San Jose Animal Care Center that had a peg leg. Essentially the dog’s right hind leg was not able to bend in a normal way so it just stuck out and got in Read More …

Dog and Owner Attacked, Reunited by Shelter

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $3,000-4,000 Meet Broozer! Broozer and his owner were attacked by another dog. While his owner ended up in the hospital, Broozer ended up at the San Jose Animal Care Center as an emergency. Despite sustaining a open fracture to the tibia on his left hind leg along with some Read More …