Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations

If you’ve exhausted all other possibilities, local shelters will often, but not always, take in animals owned by residences of the cities that they serve.  There is occasionally a fee to surrender an animal to a municipal shelter. Remember, cats and dogs surrendered to a shelter do not have the benefit of an advocate, and often become stressed and shut down.  This makes it more difficult for potential adopters to see their true temperaments.  That said, sometimes that is the only option. 

The shelters in the South San Francisco Bay Area work very hard towards being designated as no-kill shelters.  They will not euthanize healthy, social animals. Cats and dogs are adopted by loving owners every day from these shelters.


San Francisco South Bay Shelters with cities served

San Jose Animal Care Center

  • San José
  • Milpitas
  • Cupertino,
  • Los Gatos
  • Saratoga

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA)

  • Mountain View
  • Santa Clara
  • Monte Sereno
  • Campbell    

Humane Society Silicon Valley

  • Sunnyvale

San Martin Animal Shelter

  • Unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County

San Francisco Peninsula Shelters with cities served

    Palo Alto Animal Services

    • Palo Alto
    • Los Altos
    • Los Altos Hills

    Peninsula Humane Society

    • East Palo Alto

    Private Rescue organizations

    Town Cats of Morgan Hill

    13th Street Cat Rescue, San Jose

    Maine Coon Adoptions, Oakland

    Nike Animal Rescue Foundation, San Jose

    Pets In Need, Redwood City

    The Cat Resource Center, South San Francisco Bay Information