Cita – Owners Surrender Dog to Shelter with Preventable Illness: Pyometra

Cita’s owners noticed that Cita was sick. She stopped eating, was vomiting, and had discharge all over her tail and hind legs. Cita’s owners took her to a veterinarian, who suspected Cita had an infected uterus, known as a pyometra. The vet explained that Cita needed emergency surgery to save her life, but her owners Read More …

Emergency Surgery: Ruptured Pyometra

The veterinary team was wrapping up the day at the San Jose animal shelter on November 10, 2016, when there was word that an owner had just brought her dog in to be euthanized. The dog had been diagnosed with a pyometra, and the owner couldn’t afford the life-saving emergency surgery that the dog required. Upon hearing this, Dr. Ostermann Read More …

Smoky – Senior Cat Surrendered by Owner to Shelter Due to Wound on Head

Cost of Care: $1,000 Smokey is a 14-year-old spayed female long-haired kitty that looks remarkably similar to Sassy, the Himalayan cat from the movie Homeward Bound. Smoky’s owner brought her to the San Jose Animal Care Center in October because she had a wound above her left eye. Whether the owners were unable or unwilling 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 …