Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Overview
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.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help us help animals! Serve as an adoption counselor in our Center for Compassion or Mobile Unit , provide adoptable pets with tender loving care, help with behavior training and educational programs, assist customers in our stores, and much more!
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.
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.
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.