County to Celebrate New Animal Services Center Groundbreaking June 26

Facility Showcases Community Space and a State-of-the-Art Clinic


The County of Santa Clara is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Animal Services Center and community space. The ceremony will include animals, success stories, and renderings of the future home.


Supervisor Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors  
Miguel Màrquez, Chief Operating Officer, County of Santa Clara
Sylvia Gallegos, Deputy County Executive, County of Santa Clara  Animal advocates and adopters Rescued horse, cow, dogs, kittens, and rabbits 
Bowser, the dirt-digging dog, will lead the groundbreaking


80 Highland Ave,  San Martin, CA 95046


June 26, 11 a.m.


The current shelter is a former San Martin residence that is more than 70 years-old and lacks many amenities necessary in a modern animal facility. Almost 4,000 animals are cared for each year in the current location and the new construction will double its size, allowing for better care from staff and volunteers.

With a current 94.3% live-release rate – the best public facility California, the County of Santa Clara’s Animal Services Department, which includes the animal shelter and the animal care and control unit, is committed to save healthy or treatable animals even when a shelter is full, and to only utilize euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. The shelter is an open admission shelter, meaning all animals are accepted from County service areas, regardless of temperament and condition.

The new state-of-the-art animal services center that will break ground later this year will become one of the preeminent animal services facilities in the country.

A far shot of the Animal Services Center
Rendering of the new Animal Services Center in San Martin


Media Contact: Roger Ross, Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency, (408) 568-3122; Laurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa​, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119. 


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