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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in San Jose


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in San Jose

Looking for things to do in the San Jose area with your new canine companion? You’ll both find a friendly crowd at Hellyer Dog Park on a Saturday morning. The spacious fenced park is a great choice for Fido to play off-leash. Another fully fenced park in San Jose is Butcher Dog Park. It features all dog-owner favorites, such as shade trees, Astroturf, benches, mulch areas, and a separate small dog area.

Take a day trip to Almaden Quicksilver County Park where you’ll see remnants of California’s 19th Century mining era while hiking the trails. An abundance of trails, 34 miles of them to be exact, await you and Fido in south San Jose. The park encompasses more than 4,000 acres along the Capitancillos Ridge. Be sure to visit in spring when the wildflowers are spectacular.

If you want to do some shopping for locally grown fruits and veggies, head over to the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Fridays, May through November. You can grab a bite to eat at a local food vendor, find baked goods, and shop for local produce. Bring home a bundle of fresh flowers to brighten up your home. There’s something for everyone at the market on a warm, sunny day. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the San Jose area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to San Jose on

San Jose Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in San Jose

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in San Jose, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in San Jose, and right here on
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in San Jose paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in San Jose. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some San Jose Dog and Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many San Jose focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a San Jose focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your rescue or shelter account. Thank you!