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 …

Darla – Attacked by Other Dog in Home, Surrendered to Shelter Bleeding from Bite Wounds

Poor Darla was extremely timid when she came to the San Jose shelter, which was understandable given that she had just been attacked by her family’s other dog and was actively bleeding. Darla’s owners surrendered her to the shelter, choosing to keep the other dog that had been the aggressor during the altercation. We walked Darla 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 …

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 …