If you are thinking of adding a new pet into your household, please consider adopting from a shelter or rescue organization.   There are many benefits of adoption versus purchasing from a breeder or pet store.  

  1. You can save a life. Between 3-6 million animals are euthanized in shelters across the country each year. When you adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue group you save a life.
  2. Many of the animals are already house trained and may have some socialization training. Many of the animals at a shelter have already received some training. For a person wishing to adopt an animal, but who does not have the time in their life at this point to devote to the ever important training period, adopting an animal who is already trained can be quite important.
  3. There are purebred animals at shelters and rescue groups. Estimates are that from 10 – 15% of the animals at shelters and rescue groups are purebreds. If you want a particular breed and want a purebred animal you do nothave to go to a breeder to find one.
  4. There are puppies and kittens at the shelters and rescue groups. Many adoptable puppies and kittens are euthanized in shelters in the Bay Area. You do not have to go to a breeder to get the puppy or kitten you are looking for.
  5. You can find the friend that you want. When you adopt an adult animal from a shelter you will know what his temperament is, how big he will get and what he will always look like. You can meet him and play with him before you adopt him. This is not the case if you order a puppy or kitten from a breeder or purchase one from a pet store.

I know firsthand the joys of pet adoptions – it is an occupational hazard of being a veterinarian in the Bay Area.   Some of our favorite pets have been adopted and cherished by our family. Jack, the sweetest Black Labrador ever. Daisy, a very high energy Jack Russell Terrier. Jimmy, our grey and white Tuxedo cat who lived to a ripe old age of 17. Toby, our third grey and white Tuxedo cat, a current member of our pet family. Teddy, our very affectionate poodle mix (and my constant companion at home and work).

I am a very strong advocate of pet adoption. We have affiliations with the following shelters in the Los Altos area and happily support them, however if you adopt from an agency not listed below, we will gladly examine your pet. You can request your first appointment for your adopted pet by calling Los Altos Veterinary Clinic at 650-948-8287.


Furry Friends of San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue 

Community Cat Rescue in Palo Alto

Humane Society of Silicon Valley

Palo Alto Animal Services

Peninsula Human Society

Pets in Need in Redwood City

Rocket Dog Rescue 

Santa Clara County Animal Shelter