Most Animal Control Departments are government agencies. As such, they are mandated to provide services within their jurisdiction. These services may include handling and providing care for sick or injured stay animals, dealing with animal-related complaints, surrender of stray animals, licensing, code enforcement, and quality of life issues.
Each department has different policies in terms of pick-up vs drop-off, hours, and eventual outcomes for surrendered animals (including euthanasia). Most of them also contract with established shelters to provide the bulk of their services, but excluding those activities that require a degree of enforcement authority (complaints, code enforcement, cruelty seizures/investigations, etc.).
If your city is not listed and you live in Santa Clara County, you may not have an animal control agency. Contact your police non-emergency line for assistance.
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Animal Control


San Jose


Los Gatos




San Jose Animal Control (SJAC):

2750 Monterey Road
San Jose, CA 95111

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(408) 578-PAWS (7297)



Santa Clara

Monte Sereno




Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA)

3370 Thomas Road,

Santa Clara, CA 95054 - Interactive Map

Phone: (408) 764-0344
Fax: (408) 988-5411
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Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV)  (Map)
2530 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, CA




Palo Alto

Mountain View

Los Altos

Los Altos Hills



Palo Alto Animal Services 

3281 E. Bayshore Road,

Palo Alto, CA 91303







Santa Clara County


Santa Clara County Animal Shelter

12370 Murphy Avenue in

San Martin, California 95046 


(408) 465-2920.





Animal Control

375 Fifth St

Hollister, CA 95023


(831) 636-4320