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Palo Alto 24-hour Emergency Animal Clinic

United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency
(formerly South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic)

3045 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 494-1461

Other local 24-hour Emergency Animal Clinics

Adobe Animal Hospital
4470 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 948-9661
South Bay
15965 Los Gatos Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-8000

Emergency Animal Clinic of San Jose
(United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency)

5440 Thornwood Drive
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 578-5622

United Emergency Animal Clinic
(United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency)

905 Dell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 371-6252

Vaccinations and Microchipping: low cost local options

Palo Alto Animal Services
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 764-0344

City of San Jose Animal Care & Services
2750 Monterey Road
San Jose, CA
(408) 794-PAWS (7297)

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

VIP Pet Care Services
Offers canine and feline vaccinations, microchipping, blood and fecal testing, flea and tick control, ear mite treatment, deworming, and heartworm prevention at mobile clinic locations. Services are provided by a state licensed veterinarian without an examination fee.

Spay and Neuter Surgeries: low cost local options

Palo Alto Animal Services
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 764-0344

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

Financial Assistance Programs for Veterinary Care

In Memory of Magic

AAHA Helping Pets Fund

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance.
- For cats only.

Shakespeare Animal Fund Options – Provides the public with various funding assistance options and links.

United Animal Nations – Lifeline Grants, Crisis Relief Grants, and more

The Pet Fund

Financial Assistance Programs for Veterinary Care: California-specific

Actors and Others for Animals

Animal Health Foundation

AniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

PALS: Pets Are Loving Support - For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

PAWS/LA: Hollywood - Pet food and supplies, veterinary care assistance, grooming, spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, and other services.

PAWS San Francisco - For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego - For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

SEAACA: Downey - Veterinary care assistance, spay/neuter, and vaccination assistance.

SHARE Marin Humane Society - For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

San Francisco SPCA Vet Services—Financial Programs - For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek - Pet food, spay/neuter assistance, and emergency veterinary assistance.

Voice for the Animals Foundation, Helping Friends Program - For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Spay/Neuter, Food, and Other

Actors and Others for Animals: North Hollywood - Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Animal Health Foundation

AnimalSave: Green Valley - Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

AniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Bad Rap: San Francisco - Pit bull-specific assistance for finding rental housing and insurance.

Cat People: Bakersfield - Cat food/litter, spay/neuter assistance, and vaccination assistance.
(661) 327-4706

Cats in Need (of Human Care): Southern California locations - Spay/neuter assistance.

Friends of Long Beach Animals: Long Beach - Spay/neuter assistance.

Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley: San Bernardino - Low-cost spay/neuter.

LA Animal Services: Los Angeles - Spay/neuter,vaccination and microchip assistance.

Marin Humane Society: Novato - Pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services.

Mercy Crusade's Spay and Neuter Clinic: Oxnard - Spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.

Mountains' Humane Society: Lake Arrowhead - Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Napa Humane: Napa - Spay/neuter assistance.

Pasadena Humane Society: Pasadena - Spay/neuter assistance.

Pet Assistance Foundation: Multiple Locations, Southern California - Spay/neuter assistance for dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego - Pet food/litter, pet supplies, veterinary assistance, animal transport, temporary foster program, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners.

Riverside County Department of Animal Services: Riverside - Spay/neuter assistance.

Sacramento SPCA: Sacramento - Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Santa Cruz SPCA: Santa Cruz - Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Helen Woodward Animal Center: Santa Fe - Pet food.

Sequoia Humane Society: Eureka - Spay/neuter assistance.

Spay Neuter Animal Network (SPAN): Ventura - Spay/neuter assistance.

SPCA for Monterey County: Monterey - Pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.

The Sam Simon Foundation: Los Angeles - Spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek - Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

VET SOS: San Francisco - Free veterinary care and supplies for pets of the homeless.

Shelters in Northern California: local

Santa Clara County

Palo Alto Animal Services
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Humane Society of Silicon Valley
901 Ames Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 262-2133

San Martin Animal Shelter
12370 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 683-4186

San Mateo County

Pets In Need
873 Fifth Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 367-1405

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

Shelters in Northern California: other counties

Alameda County

City of Berkeley Animal Shelter
2013 Second Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-6755

Berkeley East Bay Humane Society
2700 9th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-2606
(510) 845-7735

Fairmont Animal Shelter
2700 Fairmont Drive
San Leandro, CA 94578-0247
(510) 667-7736

Hayward Animal Control & Shelter
16 Barnes Court
Hayward, CA 94544-1425
(510) 293-7200

East Bay SPCA
8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 569-0702

Valley Humane Society
273 Spring Street
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 426-8656

Amador County/

Amador County Animal Control
12340 Airport Blvd.
Martell, CA
(209) 223-6378

Butte County

Butte Humane Society
2579 Fair Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 343-7917

Calaveras County

Calaveras County Animal Control
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 754-6509

Contra Costa County

Antioch Animal Shelter
300 ""L" Street
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 779-6989

Contra Costa Humane Society
P.O. Box 1355
1008 Oakhill Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-8449

Tony La Russa's Animal Foundation
P.O. Box 30215
2780 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 256-1273

Contra Costa Animal Services
651 Pinole Shores Drive
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 374-3966

Contra Costa Animal Services
4849 Imhoff Place
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 646-2995

El Dorado County

El Dorado Humane Society
484 Pleasant Valley Road
Diamond Springs, CA 95619-9100
(530) 642-2738

El Dorado County Animal Control
2301 Coolwater Creek Road
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5795

Lake Tahoe Humane Society - S.P.C.A.
P.O. Box PET
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
(530) 577-4521

Humboldt County

Sequoia Humane Society
6073 Loma Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 442-1782

Lassen County

Lassen County Animal Shelter
472-000 Johnstonville Road North
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-9200

Lassen County Humane Society

P.O. Box 1575
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-4555

Marin County

Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-4621

Mariposa County

SPCA of Mariposa County Mariposa
5599 State Highway 49 N
P.O. Box 671
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-5275

Mono County

Mono County Animal Control
P.O. Box 476
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-5630
(Administrative Offices on Jack Sawyer Road)
Bridgeport Animal Shelter
197 Jack Sawyer Road
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-7404
Whitmore Animal Shelter
Benton Crossing Road (1/4 mi east of Hwy 395)
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 935-4734

Napa County

Napa Humane
P.O. Box 695
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-8118
Spay/Neuter Clinic
3265 California Blvd.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 252-7442

Nevada County

Grass Valley Animal Control
556 Freeman Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 477-4630

Nevada County Animal Control
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 280
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-1471

Nevada County Animal Shelter
(Managed by Sammie's Friends)
14647 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 471-5041

Placer County

Auburn Shelter Placer
11251 B Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 887-5520

Placer County SPCA
150 Corporation Yard Road
Roseville, CA
(916) 782-7722

Humane Society of Truckee–Tahoe
10961 Stevens Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-5948

Sacramento County

Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation
Bradshaw Animal Shelter

3839 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 368-7387

City of Sacramento Animal Care Services
2127 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 808-7387

Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin-Perkins Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 383-PETS (7387)

San Francisco County

The San Francisco SPCA
2500-16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-6589
(415) 554-3000

Animal Care and Control
1200 15th Street (at Harrison)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-6364

San Joaquin County

Delta Humane Society
4590 S. Hwy. 99
Stockton, CA 95213
(209) 466-0339

Stockton City Animal Shelter
1575 S. Lincoln
Stockton, CA
(209) 937-8274

City of Tracy Animal Shelter
370 Arbor Road
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 831-4364

Santa Cruz County

City of Capitola Animal Shelter
420 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010-3318
(831) 462-5678

Santa Cruz SPCA
2685 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 465-5000

Shasta County

Haven Humane Society
7449 Eastside Road
P.O. Box 99-2202
Redding, CA 96099-2202
(916) 241-1653

Siskiyou County

Siskiyou Humane Society
1208 N Mount Shasta Blvd.
Mt Shasta, CA 96067-9070
(530) 926-4052

Siskiyou County Animal Control
550 Foothill Drive
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-4028

Solano County

Solano County Animal Control & Shelter
2510 Clay Bank Road
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 487-1356

SPCA of Solano County
2200 Peabody Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 448-7722

Benicia-Vallejo Humane Society
1121 Sonoma Blvd.
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 645-7905

Sonoma County

Sonoma Humane Society
Healdsburg Center

14242 Bacchus Landing Way
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 280-9632

Petaluma Animal Shelter & Adoption Center
840 Hopper Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-7387

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
301 J. Rogers Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 584-1582

Humane Society of Sonoma County
5345 Highway 12 West
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 542-0882
(707) 284-1198

Sonoma County Animal Shelter
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1043
(707) 524-7100

Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter
19696 8th Street East
P.O. Box 341
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-4577

Stanislaus County

SPCA of Stanislaus
4733 Yosemite Blvd.
Modesto, CA 95357-0503

Stanislaus County Animal Services
3647 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
(209) 558-PETS

Sutter County

Sutter County Animal Control Services
200 Garden Hwy.
Yuba City, CA 95991
(530) 822-7375

Pet Lifeline
3241 Industrial Dr.
Yuba City, CA 95993
(530) 755-1437

Tulare County

Valley Oak SPCA
29016 Highway 99
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 651-1111

Tuolumne County

Humane Society of Tuolumne County
10040 Victoria Way
Jamestown, CA 95327-9700
(209) 984=5489

Yolo County

Yolo County SPCA
P.O. Box 510
Davis, CA 95617
(530) 758-7722

Yolo County Animal Services
140 Tony Diaz Drive
Woodland, CA 95776
(530) 668-5287

Yuba County

Yuba County Sheriff's Animal Care Services
5245 Feather River Blvd.
Olivehurst, CA 95961
(530) 741-6478

Pet Insurance

Pet Plan - Insurance for dogs and cats.

Pet-friendly Hotels

AAA offers a great list AAA-rated pet-friendly hotels.

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Did You Know?

The average number of kittens in a feline litter is between 4-6, and with 3 litters per year that means one cat can produce 12-18 offspring annually.

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is between 6-10, and with 2 litters per year that means one dog can produce 12-20 offspring annually.

6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters every year with 3-4 million being euthanized, and the numbers are increasing. It is imperative to fix your pets.

Pigs are clean animals with highly developed smell. These are two reasons why having pigs confined in filthy, odorous factory farms is cruel and unusual.

Animals are being abandoned or surrendered to shelters by their owners. We urge you to make room for one more animal companion.

COCOA MULCH is lethal to dogs and cats. It contains THEOBROMINE and smells like chocolate. Do not purchase and advise your friends.

Guinea pigs have difficulty judging heights, so never leave a pet guinea pig alone in a high place such as on a table. Guinea pigs live about 5-8 years.

Shelters are overwhelmed with animals that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners. If you need help or advice, contact us.

A horse is healthiest when living naturally. Horse shoes prevent necessary flexing of the hoof which allows blood to flow and optimal functioning to take place.

A cat's hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs, and a cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall.

In 1889, Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche caused a public disturbance in Turin when he attempted to protect a horse from being whipped.

Make room for one more animal companion in your home. Shelters are overwhelmed due to the economic downturn.

Animals are being abandoned or surrendered to shelters by their owners. Shelters are overwhelmed, so please make room for one more.

21% of U.S. households have at least one cat and 95% of all cat owners admit they talk to their cats.

Due to “trends” shelters are overwhelmed with Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas. Urge breeders to stop breeding and pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

Jane L. Stanford was an honorary member of PAHS.

An adult dog has 42 teeth.

A domesticated pig has approximately 15,000 taste buds, which is more than any other mammal, including humans.

A dog's heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.

Chihuahuas are born with a 'molera', or 'soft spot' like a human baby, which usually closes as they mature.

The average lifespan of a Quarter Horse is between 25 - 30 years. The oldest recorded horse was from England, "Old Billy", and lived until the age of 62.

Pigs are very intelligent animals, often regarded by scientists as being the most intelligent of livestock.

A hot car is no place for a pet. Leaving a dog or cat in a parked car during the warmer months can cause serious injury or death within minutes.

Temperatures inside a car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even with the windows partially open. Shade and having water will do little to help.

The safest place for your companion is in the coolest part of the house with plenty of fresh water to drink.

If you see a companion animal inside a parked car during hot weather, and they appear in distress, call animal control or the police immediately.

Signs of distress include: Heavy panting, glazed eyes, unsteadiness, listlessness, vomiting and a over-red or purple tongue.

Don't force your companion animal to exercise after a meal in hot, humid weather. Do it in the cool of the early morning or evening.

If you and your dog go to the beach, be sure you can find shade and plenty of fresh water. Rinse her off after she has been in salt water.

With only hot air to breathe, a dog's process of cooling through panting fails. A body temperature of 107 degrees may cause brain damage or death.

If a dog is overheated, provide emergency first aid by applying TEPID water all over the body, and then gradually applying cooler water. Seek veterinary care.

A dog's paws can be burnt by hot pavement. Do not make them stand on hot pavement for long periods and keep walks on hot asphalt to a minimum.

Be sensitive to old and overweight animals, and those with heart or lung diseases. They should be kept indoors in air conditioning and out of hot weather.

Snub-nosed dogs (like Pekingese, Bull dogs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos, Shih tzus, and Pugs) should be kept indoors in air conditioning and out of hot weather.

A blog by Carole Hyde, Director
of the Palo Alto Humane Society

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For Lost Pets or Animal Emergencies

Palo Alto Humane Society is not an animal shelter.

Palo Alto Animal Services serves as the shelter and animal control agency for Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills, and can be reached at (650) 496-5971. Their 24-hour hotline is (650) 329-2413.

East Palo Alto residents should contact Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022

Mountain View residents should contact Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at (408) 764-0344.

Wildlife issues should be directed to Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022 or Palo Alto Animal Services at (650-496-5971).