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MEDIA ADVISORY

June 25, 2019

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Roger Ross
Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency
408.918.4620

Laurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa
Office of Public Affairs
408.299.5119

 

County to Celebrate New Animal Services Center

Groundbreaking June 26

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

 

WHAT:
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.

WHO:
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

WHERE:
80 Highland Ave
San Martin, CA 95046

WHEN:
June 26, 11 a.m.

WHY:
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.

Bird eye vie of New Animal Services

Rendering of the new Animal Services Center in San Martin

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​Press Release

​Animal Services
County of Santa Clara
Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2019

 

Roger Ross
Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency
(408) 918-4620
[email protected]

Laurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa
Office of Public Affairs
(408) 299-5119

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County of Santa Clara Begins Construction on Animal Services Center
Facility Showcases a Community Space and a State-of-the-Art Clinic

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara has begun construction on a state-of-the-art, 37,000 square foot Animal Services Center set on 4.5 acres, that is scheduled to open in 2021. This new facility allows for enhanced animal care as county resident and pet populations continue to grow.

“This will be a landmark facility and an inspiration for other animal care facilities across our state and country,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, District 1. “Our state-of-the-art Animal Services Center will also be a hub for South County activities, providing a much-needed community meeting space, with a light-filled room will host up to 300 guests and will be available for public use.”

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. Animal Service staff members treat and home almost 4,000 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens, and other animals every year. The new construction will double the capacity, allowing for better care from staff and volunteers. 

“This new building will be a game-changer — expanding the footprint, supporting modern shelter standards designed to keep animals happy and healthy,” said Miguel Màrquez, County of Santa Clara Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal has always been to create a better environment and a better experience for adopters, volunteers, staff, and visitors.”

A 2,500 square foot barn will make the County Animal Services Center the only facility in the region designed to house livestock. For the first time, there will be a space for advanced veterinary care, and room for our exceptional staff and volunteer corps. A multi-use community space will be available for shelter events, community endeavors, and youth organizations. Residents in the South County will have a place to gather, celebrate, and experience the special bonds humans and animals can share. 

Additional amenities include a landscaped open-air courtyard that functions as a central meet-and-greet location for adoptable dogs, sound-absorbent dog kennels, free-roaming cat condos, a small animal area, and a veterinary clinic.

“We are so appreciative of the County’s commitment to improve the lives of animals,” said Lisa Jenkins, County of Santa Clara Animal Services Manager. “So much progress has been made in the last decade of animal care and this facility will solidify the County of Santa Clara as a leader in animal care and sheltering.”

With a current 94.3% live-release rate – ranking in the top three for public facilities in California – the County Animal Services, which includes the animal shelter and animal field services, is committed to saving all animals even when the shelter is full. The shelter is open admission, meaning all animals are accepted from County service areas, regardless of temperament and condition.  

The new Animal Services Center will be open seven days a week and serve unincorporated Santa Clara County from Stanford to San Martin, along with the contracted cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill. 

There are unique partnership opportunities available in the coming months for the public to demonstrate how much they care about animals and their community. To learn more about how to support the new Animal Services Center, visit aplace4animals.com.

 

Bird eye vie of New Animal Services

 

ABOUT THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA

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Videos

Visual rendering of the proposed look of the new Animal Services Center for Santa Clara County.

Animals Services Center Groundbreaking

Animals Services Center Groundbreaking - Shelter Raw Footage

 

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Front view of New Animal Services

 

Side view of New Animal Services

 

Main entrance of New Animal Services

 

Inside lawn view of New Animal Services

 

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