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 …

Dog Returned to Shelter after 10 Years

Jennifer was adopted as a puppy from the San Jose Animal Care Center in 2006. She returned to our care at 10-years-old as a happy dog who incessantly wags her tail and loves to play fetch. When the shelter’s veterinary team examined Jennifer, a large mass located between two large teeth, was seen in her mouth. It was Read More …

Shelter Myths – Animal Shelters Never Have Purebred Dogs

If I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase, “Animal shelters never have purebred dogs,” I wouldn’t have to worry about the $200,000 of vet school debt that I incurred from pursuing my dream of becoming a shelter veterinarian. Many myths about animal shelters certainly exist. Yet, while each animal shelter is unique, the myths tend Read More …

Mr. Snuggles – A Miraculous Recovery Following a Vicious Dog Attack

On January 13, 2016, Animal Services Officers responded to a call for help from the San Jose Police Department. In the pouring rain, the police had just chased off two large dogs that were viciously attacking a little dog named Mr. Snuggles. Mr. Snuggles was seriously injured in the attack, yet despite being hurt so badly, Read More …

Mia – Vet Suspects Animal Neglect, Officers Investigate Dying Dog

I can recall the day, back in late March, when one of the Animal Services Officers asked me to look at some photos of a dog named Mia. The photos showed an emaciated Chihuahua, but they didn’t tell much about her. The reason that Mia was on our radar at San Jose Animal Services was Read More …

Dog Stabbed Multiple Times, Stitched Up At Shelter & Reunited With Owner

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $1,500-2,000 No sooner did an officer ask me if I knew about “the dog coming in” that “the dog” came walking into the shelter’s medical clinic, accompanied by multiple Animal Services Officers and actively bleeding from multiple stab wounds. I received no advance notice. But that’s often how Read More …