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New 37,000 sq. ft. Animal Services Center Doubles County Capacity for Animal Care and Provides Only Regional Facility Designed to House and Rehabilitate Livestock

New Center Features Advanced Medical Clinics, Custom Cat Condos and Dog Dorms, Specialized Outdoor Rehabilitation Space, Barn and Pastures for Large Livestock, and Emergency Shelter Capacity for Community Pets

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara opened a new state-of-the-art, 37,000 sq. ft. Animal Services Center on 8 acres in San Martin that is one of the premier animal service facilities in the country. The new center will allow the team to double capacity for how many animals it cares for each year.

“After a decade of planning and 18 months of construction, I am thrilled to announce the opening of the County’s new world class Animal Services Center,” said Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman. “We’re celebrating a facility that enhances the great work of our Animal Services staff and provides a beautiful community meeting space for South County residents. This Center brings significantly more capacity for greater animal care services in our community to help dogs, cats, horses, goats, geese, rabbits or other pets and livestock in need.”

The spacious, new facility is a light-filled, animal-centric campus with a landscaped open-air courtyard that functions as a central meet-and-greet location for adoptable dogs. The Center includes sound-absorbent dog kennels, free-roaming cat condos, a small animal area, modern veterinary clinics, and several outdoor rehabilitative spaces to support neglected animals that come to our facility.

 A 2,500-square-foot barn with 10 stalls and pastures makes the County Animal Services Center the only facility in the region explicitly designed to house and rehabilitate livestock. There is space for advanced veterinary care, and room for volunteer corps.

An indoor/outdoor community meeting space for up to 300 people provides South County residents a much-needed place to host meetings and workshops, and to celebrate and gather for community events.

“Since 1978, County Animal Services has served the community from an old, converted house; with our volunteers and animal rescue partners, we achieved amazing outcomes for the animals in our care. This new facility is a game changer for us. We will be able to provide expanded and targeted services to pet and human clients, including pet owners with limited resources,” said Jo Zientek, Director of Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency. “Our goal is to successfully match more county residents with pets in need, from hamsters to horses, so that adopters can enjoy the therapeutic benefits and special bond of the pets in their lives.”

The new Animal Services Center houses lost and abandoned cats, dogs, livestock, and small animals. Staff and dedicated volunteers will be able to care for 8,000 animals annually – double the former shelter’s capacity of 4,000 animals per year. The facility includes a medical expansion for advanced veterinary care clinics with exam rooms, radiology, surgery, and recovery suites.

Design of the Center drew from WELL Building™ principles, Fear Free® concepts for the welfare and well-being of animals, and LEED™ green building standards.

More than 10 years of planning went into the facility to ensure that it supports the County’s diverse human and pet populations, and it improves the outcomes for animals and adopters.

The County animal shelter currently has a 95% live release rate, which ranks it at the top among public facilities in California. With this new Animal Services Center, the County is committed to saving all animals, even when the shelter is full. The Center is “open admission,” meaning all animals are accepted from County service areas, regardless of temperament and condition.

The Animal Services Center, located at 12425 Monterey Road in San Martin, is open seven days a week and serves unincorporated Santa Clara County from Stanford to San Martin, along with the contracted cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Any member of the public is welcome to adopt from the Center.

To learn more about how to support the new Animal Services Center, visit

Video: County of Santa Clara Animal Services Center Virtual Grand Opening


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Posted: February 19, 2021

Last updated: 2/19/2021 12:50 PM