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Santa Clara County Animal Services Center

Project Overview

The project proposes to construct a new animal shelter at 90 Highland Avenue, at the corner of Monterey Road and Highland Avenue in San Martin, in the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. The proposed animal shelter will be at the south-eastern portion of the parcel and include a one-story building, parking, livestock barn and pastures, and dog play yards spanning approximately 4.5 acres. The 37,000 square foot one-story building would house functions such as the adoption area, animal holding and housing areas, spay and neuter clinic, veterinary medicine and support areas, administrative areas, and a community multi-use center.


The existing County Animal Shelter is located at 12370 Murphy Avenue, San Martin and functions will be relocated to this new animal shelter once construction is completed. This relocation is needed because the existing shelter is aging, outdated, and does not meet the County’s needs and goals. Issues facing the center include inadequate space, limited natural light, and poor ventilation. The proposed new animal services center would provide a facility that can integrate the latest best practices for disease control, odor control, and acoustics, promote health, reduce stress, and create a calming environmental for both animals and people.


The current County Animal Shelter in San Martin was built 40 years ago, when shelters were designed to warehouse animals for a short period through required holding periods. Euthanasia rates were high, and animal welfare was a low priority. This has changed over the years, and new animal services centers are designed with a different set of intended priorities; a primary one of those is animal well-being.

A proposed mitigated negative declaration has been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for your review. The public review period begins October 23, 2018 and ends on November 13, 2018. Public Comments regarding the correctness, completeness, or adequacy of this mitigated negative declaration are invited and must be received on or before the end of the public review period. Such comments should be based on environmental concerns.

Written comments should be addressed to David Rader by November 13, 2018 at or County of Santa Clara Planning Office, County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street, 7th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110.

For additional information regarding this project, please contact Emily Chen at 408-993-4635,  ​ 


In February 2013, Prodis Associate Architects prepared a programming report for a new animal shelter campus to be located at the County Center on Highland Avenue in San Martin. Funding for the design of this new facility was approved as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Budget process.

On February 7, 2017, Board of Supervisors approved a professional services agreement with Dreyfuss+Blackford Architecture to update the 2013 programming requirements and complete the design documents.

On November 1, 2017, staff and consultants, and Supervisor Wasserman (District 1) conducted a well-attended Community Outreach meeting in San Martin and received feedback to help proceed with schematic design.

On February 27, 2018, Board of Supervisors approved the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) Method of project delivery and pre-qualification package for the South County Animals Services Center project and authorized the advertisement of the pre-qualification package.

With the first phase of program and concept design completed, the next phase of project development for the Animal Services Center would be completed through early 2019, and include design development, CEQA and permitting approvals, Board of Supervisors consideration and approval.

On October 23, 2018, the County released the Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review. The public review period began on October 23, 2018 and will end on November 13, 2018.

The final phase of the project is construction of the project, which the Administration anticipates would begin in Spring 2019, with a move in date in approximately mid-year 2021.

 ​​For further Project information click on the Related Files ​

Last updated: 11/7/2018 2:21 PM