Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Adoption, education and volunteer opportunities for all Bay Area residents
3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Appointments are recommended as a way to avoid long waits that are sometimes experienced at other shelters, but we do accept walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.
To expedite the process, prospective adopters should bring the following with them:
1. Photo ID: driver’s license or valid state ID
2. Proof of residency: current utility bill or lease agreement
3. Proof of ownership: mortgage statement
4. Pet policy at residence: leasing agreement with pet stipulation and/or contact information
5. All human members of the household
6. Dogs(s) as directed by SVACA staff
Please note that animals cannot be placed on hold until you have interacted with an animal during your appointment.
NOTE: Please do not bring pets to the Center unless you have been instructed to do so by SVACA staff.
Fees cover the spay or neuter of the animal, initial appropriate vaccinations, a professional health examination and behavior evaluation, microchip, temporary ID tag, and a free examination at a participating local veterinary clinic. SVACA member city residents also receive a license for their new companion. All fees are retained by SVACA and used to offset the cost of our operations; simply said, fees directly help the animals!
Small Animal $20.00
Dog Training Deposit* $100.00
* Required for all pit bulls and pit mixes; all dogs under 2 years
Call us at (408) 764-0344 for more information or to make an appointment.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.