The Santa Clara County Animal Shelter in San Martin opened in February and this month is the first time they’ve participated in Clear the Shelters.
The 37,000 square foot facility is described as an extreme upgrade, with state-of-the-art dog dormitories, large play areas, and places to interact with your new pet.
âWe put a lot of thought into the design of the design to make it very comfortable for the animals,â said Lisa Jenkins, program manager. “Very little stress, and not just for the animals but for the visitors so that everyone here has a very good, positive experience.”
Jenkins said the buildings filled a major need in southern Santa Clara County.
âIn South County we have an extremely animal-centric community,â she said. “Lots of animal lovers here, and they really wanted a center like this.”
The San Martin shelter is the only livestock shelter in the county, with a stable of 10 stalls, and it can be used for large animals evacuated due to flooding or wildfires.
“A round enclosure to be able to work with the horses, and to take them out and have them exercise and get to know them [in] our large grazing area. Jenkins said.
The refuge has more than pristine bells and whistles.
âAnything we can to make them happy. Here we have background music. Jenkins said.
There are also several operating theaters to save injured animals.
âWhen I started over seven years ago, we were literally in a [small room] So we were so limited by space, âsaid veterinarian Dr Elizabeth Kather. “But here again, with more space and more staff, we can tackle more than just sterilization and sterilization.”
Employees say the facility serves the community much better than before for the animals – and the people looking to adopt them.
âGet off, you can meet the animal and we’ll go from there,â Jenkins said.