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  The County of Santa Clara Animal Care and Control, along with all shelters in Santa Clara County, is participating in Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the nation’s largest free adoption event to be held May 31 and June 1. All dog and cat adoptions are free to qualified adopters, and for each adoption, the County of Santa Clara will receive a stipend of $500-$2,000 from Maddie’s Fund.

“We are proud to be a part of Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days that will provide loving homes for pets currently in our San Martin Animal Shelter,” said President Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Not only will residents be adding a new member to their families, but the County will receive an adoption stipend from Maddie’s Fund that will help the shelter care for more homeless cats and dogs while they are waiting for a home.”

The Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days event includes more than 200 shelters and rescue groups in nine states. This year, Maddie’s Fund wants to find homes for 10,000 animals nationwide during the two-day event. Locally, the County shelter hopes to place more than 70 kittens, puppies, and adult cats and dogs in new homes.

“During Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days the community can help us meet our adoption goal of placing more than 70 pets with new families,” said Albert Escobar, Animal Care and Control Manager, who oversees the San Martin Animal Shelter. “With support from foundations such as Maddie’s Fund we can continue meeting our goal of finding homes for 100% of all healthy shelter dogs and cats, and no euthanizing of healthy animals.”

Standard adoption fees of $90-$120 for dogs and cats will be waived during the adoption weekend. Also included in the adoption, free-of-charge, are $500 worth of services, including spay/neuter surgery, Microchip ID implantation and registration, age-appropriate vaccinations, de-fleaing and de-worming, and FIV/FeLV testing for cats .

In 2013, during the nationwide event, 103 pets were adopted from the County Animal Shelter.  As a result of these adoptions, Maddie’s Fund gave the shelter a grant in the amount of $58,500 for support of programs and services benefitting the homeless cats and dogs in the shelter’s care and their placement in loving homes.

Maddie’s Fund also recognized local shelters in 2012. The County and its partners in the WeCARE Coalition received more than $1 million as part of the Community Lifesaving Award from Maddie’s Fund, recognizing the Santa Clara County community as a leader in saving animal lives and to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by all members of the WeCARE Alliance.

All shelters in Santa Clara County are participating in Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days and most also will be extending their normal business hours that weekend.  There will be over 500 dogs and cats available countywide.  Visit for more information and a list of participating shelters and rescue groups. For more information about the San Martin Animal Shelter visit or call (408) 686-3900.


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