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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …