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Save Primal Canine!

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Primal Canine needs your help and support. San Jose Animal Control has denied our operations permit at our new facility location citing “SJMC 7.60.040 Proximity to Any Residence” as the reason for denial. Despite the residence proximity, Primal Canine can continue to operate IF we receive enough support and approval from our surrounding community. We need the help and support of our neighbors, clients, friends, family, followers, fellow business owners, rescue advocates and dog lovers to save Primal Canine and have our operations permit approved. Please take the time to read our story, share/sign our petition!


Primal Canine’s permit denial was jumpstarted by a neighboring small business that began to call animal control multiple times to complain about the dogs at the facility. This same neighbor has now rallied others to call and file the same complaint with animal control. It is important to note that at no point in time has anyone ever come to speak directly with anyone at Primal Canine. Not in person, not over the phone, not even an email. There has been no opportunity for us to discuss or address the concerns or issues with our neighbors in an amicable manner. Instead this drastic step has been taken against our company, and our livelihood. If we do not receive approval for our operations permit, Primal Canine will be forced to move out of our new facility and we will not be allowed to operate for a minimum of six months.


Losing this permit is more than losing a piece of paper. Primal Canine has over 600 active clients that will have to abruptly stop receiving training for their dogs. We specialize in behavior modification and many of the dogs we train have been turned away from other training facilities because they were deemed “untrainable.” Our company and our services have allowed families to keep their pets who would otherwise have been surrendered to a city shelter, or worse- euthanized. Aside from the hundreds of clients we serve, Primal Canine is home to many of our rescued Free Dogs. These are dogs that we have saved from being killed in city shelters, dogs that were abandoned, homeless, or surrendered to us by their owner’s as an alternative to being euthanized. If Primal Canine shuts down, these dogs will have no where to go and will likely wind up in a shelter where their chances of making it out alive are slim to none.


Primal Canine is not a faceless corporate entity. Mike Jones, the owner and founder of Primal Canine has put his entire life, blood, sweat and tears into this company. The move to this new facility is intended to give our dogs, both rescue and client, a better life- which every dog deserves. We have employees, dogs, and clients that deeply depend on Primal Canine, and with all that is at stake to be lost without our permit, it seems beyond trivial when comparing what will be lost or gained as a result. We deeply ask the city of San Jose to reconsider such a drastic decision that will impact the lives of many people and many animals.


Please feel free to contact San Jose Animal Control, and Jay Terrado (Field Operations Supervisor) at 408-794-7270 or via email at (please CC: on any emails sent for our records!) on our behalf expressing your support for Primal Canine. We are asking all of our clients to please reach out and explain to Mr. Terrado how Primal Canine has helped you and how it would impact yourself, and your dog if we were no longer allowed to operate.

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