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Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

Rating: 4.58 stars   24 reviews 1,809

Address:

1450 Rollins Road Burlingame CA 94010 USA

Mission:

PHS/SPCA, a private non-profit organization guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. We strive to act in and advocate for the best interest of animals, and we respond to the individual needs of animals. We work with passion and compassion, and we believe that animals should be treated with dignity and respect as feelings creatures. We strive to create an environment where there is mutual care, trust, and respect. Each year thousands of animals pass through our doors. We provide a warm bed, nutritious food, veterinary care and a gentle touch for the lost, stray, unwanted and injured domestic and wild animals in our community. We accept all animals, and often provide a second chance to the most needy animals who would otherwise be turned away at smaller adoption agencies that accept only those animals deemed highly adoptable.

Results:

PHS/SPCA accepts 100% of the animals brought to us for help: unlike most other animal charities here in the S.F. Bay Area we accept every animal, regardless of that animal’s health, age, behavior, and even regardless of the animal’s species. We are truly an “Open Door” facility. Despite that unusual fact and the obvious challenges it creates, PHS/SPCA guarantees a home for 100% of the healthy, adoptable dogs and cats we receive, with animals now able to remain at the shelter and receive love, care and attention for the days, weeks, months, even a year or longer it may take until a new permanent home and family is found. We continue to increase the numbers of pets treated and then adopted through our Hope Program which focuses life-saving efforts to an ever growing percentage of the animals who come to us sick, injured, too young to be away from their mothers, or behaviorally challenged. Every year, PHS/SPCA saves the lives of thousands of animals: homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, lost, abandoned and often mistreated animals, including dogs and cats and other companion animals, farmed animals, exotic animals, and native wildlife. We have reduced euthanasia in San Mateo County by more than 95% since 1970 and continues year after year to push ahead, making this among the safest and best places in the nation for companion animals. All of this wonderful work made possible, in part, through the support of over 1,400 active volunteers and more than 24,000 local contributing families and households.

Target demographics:

Animals and People

Direct beneficiaries per year:

5,066 live animals find placement and 1,260 wild animals were made well and returned to their natural habitats.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco through Northern Santa Clara County

Programs:

In addition to rescuing animals in need, providing a safe sanctuary for stray or unwanted animals and ultimately finding new, permanent homes, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA offers these programs: low-cost (in some cases, free) spay/neuter for owned pets; rehabilitation for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from San Francisco through Northern Santa Clara County; education programs, camps, tours and shadow programs for schoolchildren; a range of obedience classes taught indoors by outstanding instructors; private behavior consultations; birthday parties for 6-12 year-olds; temporary sheltering for pets belonging to domestic abuse victims (they must be referred to us by a domestic abuse shelter); a monthly Pet Loss Grief Support Group; temporary sheltering for pets displaced following local disasters (such as the San Bruno gas explosion); a monthly, low-cost vaccination clinic; no-appointment microchips. Visit peninsulahumanesociety.org/services for more.

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650-340-7022
http://www.peninsulahumanesociety.org

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Reviews for Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have adopted several wonderful pets from the Peninsula Humane Society over the years. Two cats and a Dog in total. The staff there is very helpful and cares very much about matching you up with the right animal. it is obvious that they are "animal people" and understand that choosing a pet is a long term commitment and they give you the time to make the right choice. I recommend the PHS for anyone looking to add a pet to their home.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer with the Peninsula Humane Society for 6 years. Ever since I started, I've worked with the cats - I love it! I am also involved in training new volunteers before they actively start volunteering in the Cat TLC program.

The facility is lovely, the staff is kind, conscientious and caring. I got my two kitties from their in 2007 and can't imagine what would have happened to these two fun, furry girls if it had not been for the PHS.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for PHS for over seven years, mostly in the Pet Assisted Therapy program, but I have also helped out in the Cat TLC program. My wife and daughters have as well. Their services are wide-ranging and there are a numerous opportunities for the public to get involved, even for young adults. They have a very dedicated staff (both the paid staff and volunteers) who all seem to enjoy and believe in what they do. For those of us who participate in programs out in the community, it is important that we have support (event coordination, materials, etc.) and the PHS staff is very attentive to our needs. PHS is a great organization for pets, wildlife, and the people who care for them.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for the Peninsula Humane Society for four plus years and I can't say enough great things about the services they provide. Both of my cats came from PHS and they are wonderful companions.

The staff is caring and dedicated, especially the adoption and the behavior staff and it's a pleasure to be associated with them.

A great organization with great people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I’ve volunteered in the PHS/SPCA Wildlife Care Center since 2012. Everyone has stories about their encounters with urban wildlife, like what to do with a baby squirrel that’s fallen out of a tree. Most people aren’t aware that there’s an excellent resource that can come to the rescue. Serving the San Francisco Peninsula area, the PHS/SPCA is one of the few humane societies in the country that care for injured and orphaned wildlife. We also provide a phone-in help line for people having problems with or questions about urban wildlife. You can get advice regarding animals that have decided to share your home and settled in a little too close for comfort. Skunks under your deck? Ducks in your pool? Raccoons coming through your pet door and ransacking your Kitchen? We’ve got answers!

I am in awe of the dedicated staff and army of volunteers that show up every spring to care for and rehabilitate young or injured wildlife. Special techniques are used to make sure animals don’t become too comfortable with or imprinted on humans, critical if they are to remain viable for re-release in the wild. Each season well over a thousand animals are treated and released back to their natural habitat. I love volunteering for an organization where caring for wildlife is seen as a logical extension of the compassion and humane treatment of the domestic animals we share our lives with.



 
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1 person found this review helpful

My dog and I have been volunteering as Pet Assisted Therapy Partners for the past six years with Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. They are a wonderful to their volunteers. Their Therapy program is top notch, and is the only Therapy Group I recommend in my area. All areas of their volunteer program and well run and directed, I am proud and honored to represent this fine non-profit. Vonunteers are reminded that their role is a vital part of making all their programs work. We are recognized several time during the year by PHS/SPCA as a whole. Communication is wonderful. I would rate it 10 stars if more that five were available!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with PHS/SPCA for 14 years, in various roles, and have always felt extremely appreciated. I can say without a doubt that I'm very proud to be affiliated with the organization, and it's been an incredibly rewarding way to spend my free time. Their new Center for Compassion in Burlingame is a state of the art facility for all animals available for adoption. I have always found their staff members to be dedicated, hard working, and compassionate.

Over the years, I have seen more than a few adoptable animals waiting for the right home for over a year (or two!). The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make sure these animals are as happy and stimulated as possible, while living at the shelter. You won't find many open door shelters who will care for adoptable animals that long, which makes PHS/SPCA stand out.

I have also adopted two cats from them - their adoption process is thorough and smooth.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been volunteering at PHS for well over 10 years now. We adopted our 1st dog, Bella, in 1980, and you couldn't have asked for a better companion. We've also adopted 4 cats and 3 birds over the years and our latest dog, Stella Blue, is one in a million. And that goes for the staff and all the volunteers there too. I know there are some great animal shelters out there, and there are probably some mediocre ones too, but PHS-SPCA is like no other. I not only love what I do there, I also love observing how much thought and care and unselfish devotion and effort is given to help all the animals that can't speak for themselves. This is not just an animal shelter, it's an example of how showing a little kindness and respect can change the world for those in need. I feel lucky to be associated with this organization!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering here for many years, and you couldn't find a nicer group of people to work with and interact with. What's more, it shows on the many animals up for adoption there. Between the staff and the VERY many volunteers there, most all of the dogs and cats get "out time" and socialization daily. That is so important. PHS-SPCA is a top notch organization that treats everyone, including potential adopters, the volunteers and all their "guests" with great respect. Why else would so many hundreds of people and young adults volunteer their time so freely, if it wasn't. Plus, we have adopted the best dog in the whole world from there too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put a vending machine in the break room.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've discovered there are very many sentient beings here with the same agenda as me--and that's a good thing.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Always leave feeling wonderful, and wishing I could do more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I cannot say enough good things about Peninsula Humane Society. I have been a volunteer for the past ten years working with the behavior department. All the employees I work with each week are always working to provide the best possible situation for every animal they are responsible for. For the most part I am working with people much younger than myself, and I am always impressed with their knowledge and dedication for every aspect of their job. This can be a very challenging place to work, but I have always seen the best decisions being made for the welfare of the animal. I do not know how this organization could be any better!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at PHS-SPCA since 2009. I have volunteered in numerous areas including kitten nursery, wildlife and at the PHS-SPCA Thrift store, Pick of the Liter. The employees and volunteers all genuinely care for animals and go above and beyond the call of duty to help a sick, injured or lonely animal. They are friendly and dedicated. Volunteering for SPA-SPCA has been a very rewarding experience.

Spring through fall, I foster kittens....as a foster there's never a better day than when one of your fosters gets adopted. The kittens up for adoption have been given hours of love prior to you adopting them.

We have also been on the other side, as a client.... We have adopted 4 animals from PHS-SPCA ...3 cats and one dog. They are friendly, healthy and happy and bring joy to us every day. The adoption process was thorough but the forms are pretty quick to fill out. We were able to spend a lot of time interacting with our cats and dogs prior to adopting them. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Our dog loves coming back to say hi:)

 
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