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Free Adoptions at Maddie's Pet Adoption Days

M15Join us from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, 2015 and adopt a pet for FREE!  In an effort to empty our shelter located at 3370 Thomas Road in Santa Clara, we'll be participating in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, a two day adoptathon.  All pets can be adopted to qualified homes for FREE! 

We will also have cats and kittens available at our satellite location in the Santa Clara Petco. 

This is a very popular event and there could be extended waits to meet and adopt animals.  To expedite the process, we encourage prospective adopters to gain preapproval.  Contact us at 1-408-764-0344 or to learn how.

The Friends of SVACA will also be holding a raffle to raise much needed funds for the animals.

From May 26-29, we will be open for preapproval appointments and will not process adoptions.  Animals will not be able to be put on hold from May 26 - June 1.  Please note online listings will be updated on an hourly basis but there may be delays and adopters should therefore keep a few animals in mind as they work through the process.  At the request of Maddie's Fund, training deposits will be waived during this event.

Please review our adoptions page to familiarize yourself with our process and please do not hesitate to contact us at or 1-408-764-0344 if you have any questions.  We hope to see you at this fun and exciting event!

If you are unable to find the companion of your dreams at SVACA then please consider adopting from one of our WeC.A.R.E. partners.


Adoption is a wonderful way to find a new best friend. Our goal is to make "perfect" matches so that our animals remain with their new guardians for the remainder of their lives. Here at SVACA we use the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program in order to attempt to "match" prospective adopters with the best possible dog or cat. Other animals are also appropriately matched with their new guardians.

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Appointments are recommended as a way to avoid long waits that are sometimes experienced at other shelters, but we do accept walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. To expedite the process, prospective adopters should bring the following with them:

  1. Photo ID: driver’s license or valid state ID
  2. Proof of residency: current utility bill or lease agreement
  3. Proof of ownership: mortgage statement
  4. Pet policy at residence: leasing agreement with pet stipulation and/or contact information
  5. All human members of the household
  6. Dogs(s) as directed by SVACA staff

Please note that animals can only be interacted with during an appointment. Also, animals cannot be placed on hold until you have interacted with one during an appointment.

Please do not bring pets to the center unless you have been instructed to do so by SVACA staff. 

In certain circumstances, SVACA reserves the right to deny adoptions. For instance, all adopted cats must be maintained indoors as local ordinances prohibit them from running at large. To learn more about why an adoption may be denied, please contact our office at (408) 764-0344.


Fees cover the spay or neuter of the animal, initial appropriate vaccinations, a professional health examination and behavior evaluation, microchip, temporary ID tag, and a free examination at a participating local veterinary clinic. SVACA member city residents also receive a license for their new companion. All fees are retained by SVACA and used to offset the cost of our operations; simply said, fees directly help the animals!

Dog  $150.00
Cat $100.00
Kitten (less than six months old) $150.00
Rabbit $30.00 
Small Animal $20.00
Bird $20.00
Dog Training Deposit* $100.00

* Required for all pit bulls and pit mixes; all dogs under 2 years of age.

Call us at (408) 764-0344 for more information or to make an appointment.

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Hours and Locations

Animal Care Center

SVACA adopts cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and other animals from our Animal Care Center located at 3370 Thomas Road in Santa Clara.

Animal Care Center Hours

Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 6:30pm
Closed on Mondays


SVACA's satellite location for cat and kitten adoptions is located inside the Santa Clara Petco located at 2775 El Camino Real. Animals can be viewed during Petco’s normal business hours and adopted during the Animal Care Center’s regular business hours.

Petco Hours Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm

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