SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Each summer, cat populations increase and local shelters are typically full as they struggle to find homes for animals in need. From time to time, the number far exceeds the shelters’ capacity. The County of Santa Clara Animal Shelter in San Martin is no exception. The County Shelter is bursting at the seams as it unexpectedly received 40 cats in one day from a resident who collected an excessive number of cats. Another 45 cats from the same resident are expected to arrive at the Shelter over the next month. County officials are appealing to the public to adopt or foster a cat or kitten.
“We need pet lovers to adopt these animals,” said Kevin O’Day, County Agriculture and Environmental Management Director. “If a person is unable to make a permanent commitment, they can foster a cat or kitten, and that will also help to relieve the overcrowding.”
Currently, the Shelter has 230 animals, including stray dogs, cats, and livestock, waiting to be adopted. Many of these animals are temporarily placed in foster homes. All pets at the Shelter have been checked by a veterinarian for health and behavioral problems, and the volunteers work with the animals to keep them happy and socialized. To adopt an animal, a one-time Adoption Fee is required for different types of pet:
The Adoption Fees include costs for Spay/neuter surgery, microchip ID implantation and registration, age-appropriate vaccinations, de-fleaing and de-worming, FIV/FeLV testing for cats, and a bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food.
The Shelter is located at 12370 Murphy Avenue in San Martin, CA 95046 and is open in the afternoons, seven days a week, except on major holidays. The Shelter also needs donations and volunteers to support its animal care program. To learn more about the County of Santa Clara Animal Shelter, to become an adoptive or foster family, volunteer, or to make donations, go to: www.sccountypets.org, or call: (408) 686-3900.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Brigid Wasson, (408) 690-2834 (cell); Albert Escobar, (408) 690-9873 (cell)
Posted: September 7, 2011