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December 21, 2010 > Humane Society assists fellow animal shelters with dog housing crisis

Humane Society assists fellow animal shelters with dog housing crisis

Submitted By Kelly Grant

In the last few weeks, Santa Clara County animal shelters have seen a drastic increase in the number of homeless dogs coming through our doors. San Jose Animal Care & Services has 59 dogs available for adoption where they normally only have space for 28. More are in holding areas waiting for spaces to open up in the adoption area.

To help with the overflow at San Jose, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has brought 15 dogs from San Jose to our Animal Community Center. This will add to the total number of dogs at HSSV waiting for adoption. We currently have 11 puppies and 55 dogs available.

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, the South County Animal Shelter, and Palo Alto Animal Services are also overflowing with dogs available for adoption and need your help too! All total, more than 150 dogs and puppies are currently available for adoption at your local animal shelters and they are longing for permanent, loving homes.

We know times are tough, so the shelters above are offering a special program for dog adopters. The program is called "Your price is right," allowing adopters to decide how much their adoption fee will be! Training deposits and licensing fees will still apply where applicable. Pricing is good through the end of the year. Please visit individual shelter websites for more information.

If people are interested in adopting a dog from Humane Society Silicon Valley, we recommend that they call our adoption host desk at (408) 262-2133 ext. 150 to schedule an appointment. They can also complete an adoption survey online and e-mail it to us or bring it in when they come for your appointment. Of course, we will always do our best to accommodate walk-in appointments in a timely manner.

If families would like to help but are not in a position to make a long term commitment to a dog, we encourage them to foster a dog in need. Foster homes save lives and help young or shy dogs bond with people until they are ready to be adopted. Humane Society Silicon Valley is looking for experienced dog guardians with a flexible schedule, who can commit to bringing in their foster dogs for veterinary and adoption appointments. To learn more about fostering, please contact our Foster Information Line at (408) 262-2133 ext. 184 or visit our website at

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