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July 29, 2009 > Animal Care Center

Animal Care Center

By Meredith Eidem

With today's economy in turmoil, people are losing more than their homes. Many are losing their pets.

Julie Saint Gregory, spokesperson for the City of San Jose Animal Care Center, which serves Milpitas, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino as well as San Jose, said that people have had to sell their homes, or their homes are under foreclosure so they have to rent a home, but many rental properties do not allow animals and they are surrendered to the animal care center.

Some have had their animals for ten years or more and some animals are in very poor health when they arrive.

Last year the City of San Jose Care Center took in 20,000 animals. Approximately 2,500 were reclaimed, 3,000 were adopted, and the remaining had to be euthanized. Wild feral cats that were trapped because people did not want them on their property and did not want to own them or train them, were taken into the animal care center. These cats were also euthanized because people do not want to adopt untrained cats.

The center accommodates stray animals, lost and found animals, as well as surrendered animals.

One way to find a lost animal or to look for one to adopt before going to the care center to look for a pet is to go online where photos of all the animals are available at sanjoseanimals.com.

The public can see the cats, which are on sale through Labor Day.

It's a great way to have a pet with the personality the family likes the best. The cats have been with the shelter for at least thirty days and their personalities are shining through. The animal care attendants can tell if the cat is energetic or calm, a lap cat or independent. If the cat has been at the shelter for over thirty days, there is 50% off the adoption fee. If the cat has been there for over sixty days, there is 75% off the adoption fee through Labor Day so all adoptions are $40 or less. All of the cats have been spayed or neutered.

"Our cats are very deserving. They want nothing more than a home. If you have room in your heart and house, please come and adopt a cat from us" says Saint Gregory.

Dogs have personalities, too. Some are determined by breed such as a Jack Russell Terrier having a great deal of energy. The shelter also has guinea pigs and rabbits available for adoption. Did you know rabbits can be housebroken to use a litter box? "If anyone wants to give back and help someone this year, I'd love them to help us."

The shelter offers monthly Pit Bull education classes and provides a low cost clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where animals can be spayed or neutered and can obtain vaccinations. For an appointment, call (408) 794-7201. The surgeons are generous with their time and skills and perform thirty-five surgeries per day.

The clinic operates below costs but is always in need of donations whenever possible. There is always a need for old towels or blankets. They can be donated to the City of San Jose Animal Care Center at 2750 Monterey Highway, San Jose.

There are even more animal shelters in this area which are in need of adoptive families. There is the Nike Animal Rescue Foundation in east San Jose (narfrescue.com) and the Humane Society located at 901 Ames Avenue in Milpitas (www.hssv.org).

People who would like to volunteer at the shelter for at least five hours each week are encouraged to sign up for the next Pet Pal orientation series in September. The only cost is $35 for the apron and T-shirts they will wear.

For more information please contact www.sanjoseanimals.com.

San Jose Animal Care Center
2750 Monterey Hwy., San Jose
(408) 578-7297

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