Puppy with Head Trauma Recovers at Shelter

Someone found a little puppy laying on the lawn – motionless – and they decided to call San Jose Animal Care & Services. An Animal Services Officer responded to the call and found the puppy as it had been described. The officer transported the puppy back to the San Jose Animal Care Center and informed Read More …

The Forsaken King – Investigating a Microchip

A cat was dropped off to the San Jose Animal Care Center by a man who said he found the cat in the road, screaming in pain. The cat was immediately transferred to the shelter’s medical clinic for the veterinary team to evaluate. The medical team gave the cat a physical examination and quickly determined he had a Read More …

Officers Rescue Tiny Kitten From Storm Drain

Animal Services Officers rescue animals every day. Their work is rarely noticed or appreciated unless you happen to be on the scene, so let’s take a trip with them now and then to see what it is they do… *               *               * On August 31, 2015, an Animal Services Officer Read More …

Cat’s Head Trapped in Tiny Hole, Rescued by Officers and Shelter Vet

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $750-1,250 On the morning of June 24, 2014, I arrived to the shelter and before I could even put my things down, I was immediately notified that the Animal Services Officers would be needing my assistance in the field. A cat, presumably feral, had gotten its head Read More …

The Forensic Veterinary Examination

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of my job as a shelter veterinarian at a large municipal shelter is that I get to be involved in veterinary forensics. For those of you who have seen shows such as Animal Cops or CSI, you may have an idea of what this  entails. Essentially, I work Read More …