Lab Puppy Fractured Jaw: Banana’s Second Chance

A 7-week old yellow Labrador Retriever puppy, later named Banana, was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center by his owners – the people who bred him and his siblings – and surrendered him for euthanasia. The tiny puppy’s jaw hung loose, mouth agape, after the puppy’s sire chomped on his head according to Read More …

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 …

Obstipated Yorkie and the Glamorous Life of a Vet

A little Yorkie ended up in the care of the San Jose Animal Care Center, a municipal animal shelter in San Jose, California. During the Yorkie’s physical examination, it was noted that the little guy had a bulge on his hind end to the right side of his tail and adjacent to his anus. It Read More …