Where to find adoptable pets around San Jose

Find local adoption sites, pets currently available, and information on adoption fees.

A black + white Pit Bull Terrier with a purple leash stares in the camera with his tongue out.

This is Gazpacho, a male Pit Bull Terrier looking to spend his golden years at a new home.

Photo via San José Animal Care Center

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Bringing home a furry friend is always an exciting adventure full of love, snuggles, and a chewed up shoe or two.

We’ve done some digging to highlight local animal shelters looking for some purrfect parents to bring a fur baby to their furever home.

City of San José Animal Care Center

  • Location: 2750 Monterey Rd.
  • Hours: Monday 12-4 p.m. + Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Pets: Cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and hamsters
  • Donation Wish List

Adoption fees are currently waived for dogs + cats over 4-6 months at the SJACC, as it has been processing an overwhelming amount of animals within the past year.

A black Labrador with a red harness stands infront of a wooden fence.

This is Rodrick, a ~2-year-old Labrador + Weimaraner mix currently up for adoption.

Photo via Silicon Valley Pet Project

Silicon Valley Pet Project

  • Location: 1750 Meridian Ave. #6145
  • Hours: By appointment
  • Pets: Cats, kittens, dogs + puppies
  • Donation Wish List

Because all pets have been spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated, fees begin at $85 for senior cats + go up to $500 for puppies under six months. Simply browse their adoptable pets, fill out an application, and wait to be contacted for a meet + greet.

Mini Cat Town

  • Locations: Eastridge Mall + Great Mall
  • Hours: 12-7 p.m. daily
  • Pets: Cats + kittens
  • Donation Wish List

After opening its Eastridge location in 2015, this nonprofit has since expanded to four Bay Area shops. While you can meet the furry friends in-store, all adoptions require an application + fees ranging from $200-$500.

The Dancing Cat

This center focuses on finding homes for at-risk adult cats from the San José Animal Care Center. You’re welcome to sit + socialize with them, and if you’re interested in adopting, you must fill out an application prior to your visit.


Madden (above) must be adopted with Raider, as they have created a bond. | Photo via Mini Cat Town

Humane Society Adoption Center

  • Locations: 500 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose + 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas
  • Hours: Vary based on location
  • Pets: Cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats
  • Donation Wish List

The Milpitas location has open adoption hours, and San Jose is by appointment, but all paperwork can be done at both centers. Fees range from $20 for hamsters to $375 for puppies — they also offer special, ongoing adoption discounts.
See a pawsome pet you want to welcome home? Reach out to the organizations directly to inquire about adoption requirements and procedures. Not ready to take the leap? Ask about joining their foster network or donate to your favorite organization.