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 …

Tiny Eye, Tiny Problem?

A little fluffy orange kitten was brought to the San Jose animal shelter, and the shelter’s team immediately saw something was wrong with his right eye. An eye is normally a round, turgid structure, whereas this kitten’s eye was hard to visualize. It seemed irregularly shaped and shrunken, like a deflated water balloon. Given how 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 …

Diagnosing and Treating a Cat’s Squinty Eye

A beautiful flame-point cat was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center looking sick. The cat’s right eye was swollen shut with a large amount of thick, yellow discharge coming from it. The cat appeared to have an upper respiratory infection (URI) plus a secondary bacterial infection. The shelter’s veterinary team started him on Read More …

Cat Roughed Up Over the Weekend

A stray cat was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center over the weekend unable to use his right front leg. Given that it was a weekend, the cat was taken to an emergency clinic for evaluation and treatment before being transferred back to the San Jose shelter on Monday. Upon arriving back at Read More …