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 …

Lily – Strangulated Pyometra Hernia

When Lily was brought to the San Jose animal shelter as a stray dog, it was obvious that something was not right about her. She had a large mass arising from her belly and between her hind legs. Given the location of the mass, we suspected that it might be due to an inguinal hernia, something Read More …

Dotty – Emergency Pyometra Spay

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $2,500+ Video Tail… (full story below) On October 29, 2015, a Rottie-Pitty mix named Dotty – with ears to infinity – was brought to the shelter by her owners and surrendered for euthanasia because she was sick and no longer eating or drinking. The shelter staff who Read More …

Shelter’s Emergency Surgery Saves Dog, Reunited with Family

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $2,000+ Sometimes people wish they could go back and change something they did, or did not do, years ago. I am sure that is true for one family recently whose dog, Ashley, had been in the shelter before. A memo in the shelter’s computer system indicated that four years Read More …

German Shepherd with Pyometra Makes a Swift Recovery

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $3,000-4,000 It was brought to my attention on a Tuesday that there was a German Shepherd in our care whose hind end and legs were covered in what was presumed to be urine. The dog was passing her behavior evaluation except for the aspect of the evaluation Read More …

Sandy – Surrendered by Owner for Euthanasia, Saved by Shelter Vets

Cost of Care provided by the San Jose Animal Care Center: $2,000-3,000 Owners have the ability to surrender their animals to animal shelters for any reason. Some people surrender their animals for euthanasia. This means that they want or approve that their animal be euthanized. However, by surrendering their animal, owners give the shelter the right to assess the animal’s condition Read More …