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The following clinics are available for emergencies. Call first to ensure they are equipped to handle your specific emergency. If the clinic has its own website, you can click on its name to go there. Click on the address for a map or driving directions.

Name Address Phone

Adobe Animal Hospital 4470 El Camino Real
Los Altos CA 94022
(650) 948-9661
North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic 227 N Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo CA 94401
(650) 348-2575
SAGE Centers (Campbell) 907 Dell Ave.
Campbell CA 95008
(408) 374-1180
SAGE Centers (Redwood City) 934 Charter St
Redwood City CA 94063
(650) 417-7243
United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (Campbell) 905 Dell Ave
Campbell CA 95008
(408) 371-6252
United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (Mountain View) 601 Showers Dr
Mountain View CA 94040
(650) 494-1461
United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (San Jose) 5440 Thornwood Dr, Suite E
San Jose CA 95123
(408) 578-5622

If your cat is permitted outdoors, please have him microchipped. Microchipping is an inexpensive way to ensure that he'll be reunited if he's found. In general, cats that are wearing a form of identification, such as a collar or a collar and tag, are held a bit longer for owners to come forward.

Here are some steps you should take as soon as possible:

Bless you for taking the time and caring enough to rescue the little fella. He could very well live just down the street, and could have gotten out by mistake, or the owners may be away and their petsitter is unaware that he is lost.

Please do the following to help reunite the him with his owner:

Please print and keep this list of 10 signs of illness in cats.

If you think you cat has been poisoned and is exhibiting the following symptoms:

contact your veterinarian immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. There is a $65 consultation fee for this service.

When you call for help, be ready with the following information:

Have the product container/packaging available for reference. If you suspect your cat has eaten a plant or flower, take the plant and the cat to the vet ASAP. Don't hesitate: Plants can always be replaced, but your cat cannot! See the answer to the for information about plants which are toxic to cats.

Please note: If your cat is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your him/her immediately to your local veterinarian or . If necessary, the veterinarian may call the Animal Poison Control Center.

Many common houseplants and flowers are toxic to cats when eaten; lilies in particular can be fatal. The ASPCA's website has a list of over 300 plants that are toxic to cats with pictures. The site also has a list of over 500 plants that are safe for cats. Please make sure you are looking at the correct list!

The Cat Fancier's Association also has a list of plants toxic to cats.

We recommend the following clinics:

Name Address Phone

Adobe Animal Hospital 4470 El Camino Real
Los Altos CA 94022
(650) 948-9661
Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital 1125 Merrill St
Menlo Park CA 94025
(650) 325-5671
SAGE Centers (Campbell) 907 Dell Ave.
Campbell CA 95008
(408) 374-1180
SAGE Centers (Redwood City) 934 Charter St
Redwood City CA 94063
(650) 417-7243
Sequoia Veterinary Hospital 1409 El Camino Real
Redwood City CA 94063
(650) 369-7326
United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (Mountain View) 601 Showers Dr
Mountain View CA 94040
(650) 494-1461

For indoor-only cats only we recommend only the 3-in-1 FVRCP vaccination (FVR – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, C – Calicivirus and P – Panleukopenia). This vaccination is given to kittens from the age of 6-8 weeks every 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old and then again at 1 year old. After that the vaccination has been found to be good for 3 years in cats with low risk of exposure.

Private veterinary clinics can charge an arm and a leg to fix. The City of Palo Alto runs an excellent low-cost spay/neuter clinic. They will fix a feral cat for as little as $10 with a Santa Clara County voucher. Discounts are available for animals under 5 months and for Palo Alto residents.

Financial assistance for spay/neuter surgery is available in the form of vouchers that cover some or all of the cost of the surgery. Except as noted below, vouchers do not usually cover vaccinations, FeLV/FIV testing, or any other treatment the cat may need.

Vouchers are available from a number of sources, but each program can run out of money before the end of its fiscal year.

We may be able to provide the FVRCP vaccine and medication for worms, ear mites etc. at cost. Palo Alto Animal Sevices will adminster these for a nominal fee if we provide them when the cat is taken in for spay/neuter surgery.

Vouchers are accepted at the following veterinary clinics. If the clinic has a website you may click on its name to go there. Click on a clinic's address to get a map or driving directions. Some clinics may charge a small additional fee in addition to the voucher for the spay/neuter surgery.

  Vouchers Accepted
Name Address Phone Santa Clara County PAHS

Akal Animal Clinic 940 Berryessa Road
San Jose CA 95133
(408) 453-2524 Yes  
Animal Medical Center 1820 Hillsdale Ave # 20
San Jose CA 95124
(408) 267-7387 Yes  
Animal Medical Clinic 1405 N. Milpitas Blvd.
Milpitas CA 95035
(408) 262-7190 Yes  
Bascom Animal Hospital 2175 S. Bascom Ave
San Jose CA 95008
(408) 371-5630 Yes  
Bay Cities Veterinary Clinic 16 Corning Ave
Milpitas CA 95035
(408) 262-2518 Yes Yes
Cat Hospital 137 East Hamilton Ave
Campbell CA 95008
(408) 866-6188   Yes
City of Palo Alto Animal Services 3281 E Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto CA 94303-3213
(650) 496-5933 Yes Yes
For Paws Spay and Neuter Clinic 40501 Fremont Blvd
Fremont CA 94538
(510) 573-4660   Yes
Humane Society Silicon Valley 901 Ames Ave
Milpitas CA 95035
(408) 262-2133 Yes  
Pacifica Pet Hospital 4300 Coast Hwy
Pacifica CA 94044
(650) 359-3685   Yes
San Jose Spay/Neuter Clinic 1780 Old Bayshore Hwy, Unit F
San Jose CA 95112
(408) 436-1740 Yes  
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority 3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara CA 95054
(408) 764-0344 Yes Yes
Spruce Avenue Pet Hospital 135 South Spruce Ave
South San Francisco CA 94080
(650) 873-6880   Yes
St Francis of Assisi 12000 Murphy Ave
San Martin CA 95046
(408) 683-0866 Yes  
The Animal Clinic 45 Cronin Drive
Santa Clara CA 95051
(408) 241-8200 Yes  

First of all, do NOT surrender your cats to ANY public shelter. It is now kitten season and the shelters are SWAMPED with abandoned cats. Kittens are in demand now, and mature, adult cats willl be euthanized first. Your cats are older, and it is always a challenge to find good homes for older cats.

Second, did you adopt your cats through a private rescue group such as Pets in Need, Homeless Cat Network, or the Palo Alto Humane Society? If so, when you adopted your cat you signed a contract stating that if you could no longer keep your cat that the organzation would take the cat back, thus preventing the cat from being surrendered to a shelter. They will honor your contract, so please contact the rescue group.

Contact your local vet clinics and see if they will offer to take your cats.

Also, there an excellent private, no-kill shelters in San Francisco — the SPCA — that may take your cats. Offering them a generous donation to care for your cats may improve the odds that they will accept your cat.

Unfortunately Fat Cat Rescue does not have a shelter and cannot take owner-surrendered pets.

Please take a look at both Petfinder.com and AdoptaPet.com. Both are likely to have adoptable animals from shelters and rescue groups near where you live.