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 …

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 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 …

A Complicated Tail of Improper Healing

A little black & white kitten that came into the shelter was very friendly, so it was no surprise that she passed the shelter’s behavior evaluation. When it was time for her physical exam with the veterinary team, she was happy and healthy, or so it seemed. The veterinary team noticed that her tail was Read More …

Tail Trauma in a Scared Kitten

A fuzzy kitten arrived at the shelter with a wound on its tail. It was difficult to examine the kitten because it was not very keen on being approached or touched. The veterinary team was able to assess that the cat had experienced some trauma to its tail that had caused part of it to be Read More …

Chester – A Kitten with 3.5 Legs

Chester weighed just over a pound when he was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center as a stray kitten. He was tiny and sweet with 3.5 legs instead of 4. Whatever happened to the missing half of his left hind leg is a mystery. It is possible that something traumatic occurred, causing that Read More …