Humane Society Silicon Valley

Milpitas, California

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About Humane Society Silicon Valley

Humane Society Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California was established in 1929 as the first organization in the country to meet the guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for standards of care for shelter animals.

They operate out of three adoption locations:

  • Animal Community Center: 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035
  • Petco Sunnyvale: 160 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
  • Petco West San Jose: 500 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, CA 95130

Through the Humane Society Silicon Valley, approximately 6,000 pets find new homes each year. Since their establishment, they’ve re-homed over half a million pets!

Humane Society Silicon Valley also offers the following programs and services:

  • Humane, compassionate euthanasia and a pet loss support group
  • Volunteer opportunities, including canine and feline fostering
  • Education outreach programs for children, teens, and families
  • Affordable spay/neuter services, vaccinations, testing, microchipping, and targeted free spay/neuter for dogs
  • Dog training classes
  • Members-only dog park
  • Whole Pets Store for all your pet supply needs

Ready to learn more about adopting from Humane Society Silicon Valley? Keep reading below for information about their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

901 Ames Ave
(408) 262-2133

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Adoption Process

By adopting from Humane Society Silicon Valley, you not only save the life of the animal you adopt, but you also support their services so they can continue to care for the other homeless pets in Silicon Valley. Here's how the process works:

  1. Begin by completing an adoption form.
  2. An adoption counselor will contact you to chat about the pet you're interested in.
  3. Schedule a time to come meet the lucky animal.
  4. When adopting a new dog, it’s always best to have a meet and greet with any current dogs in your home.
  5. Everything look good? Great! Complete the adoption paperwork and pay the associetd fee.
  6. Time to take your new buddy home!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Humane Society Silicon Valley are as follows:


  • Puppies: $375 (additional puppies are $375)
  • Adults: $175 (additional are $100)


  • Adults/kittens: $175 (additional are $100)
  • Seniors (6+ years): $75 (additional are $75)
  • Garden cat: $10 (additional are $10)

Small Animals

  • Rabbit: $70 (additional are $40)
  • Guinea pig: $30 (additional are $10)
  • Rat: $20 (additional are $10)
  • Hamster: $20 (additional are $20)

Adoption Specials

  • Mommy and Me: When you adopt a mother cat, you can also take home one of her kittens at no additional cost. Mom and baby will keep each other company, and mom will continue to mentor her kitten in all ways cat.
  • Seniors for seniors: Adopters aged 60+ pay half price adoption fees when adopting a cat or dogs 6+ years or a rabbit 4+ years.
  • Veterans Discount: Adoption fee waived for one cat or dog for military personnel and veterans. Valid ID is required at the time of adoption. Please contact the shelter for details and terms.
  • FeLV+ Cats: Adoption fee of $10. Feline Leukemia Virus targets the immune system in cats. FeLV+ cats can go on to live long, healthy lives with appropriate veterinary care and an indoor-only home.

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, behavior and medical evaluations, vaccinations, and microchipping.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Humane Society Silicon Valley
directly using the contact info above.

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