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Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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 98% 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: 4,754 live animals find placement and 1,388 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 7-12 year-olds; foster care; a kitten nursery for underage kittens; 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; a monthly, low-cost vaccination clinic; no-appointment microchips. Visit peninsulahumanesociety.org/services for more information.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA does their very best to offer a safe and loving environment for the animals they care for. The staff is knowledgeable, and it's apparent that the animals' needs and best interest are a priority. Their volunteer training is thorough enough so when it's your first day on the job you feel confident stepping right in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the Peninsula Humane Society. For almost two decades, I have interacted with them as both an adopter and volunteer, and even as an animal camp participant when I was young. They have grown into a model shelter that not only saves every life possible, but empowers our community to take part in the ongoing mission to end animal suffering and abuse. They never turn away an animal, regardless of how sick or difficult to deal with they may be. The PHS goes beyond its scope of duty and reaches out to other shelters in their times of need. Not long ago, they took in many animals displaced by hurricane Irma, and this week (10/14/17) they are making efforts to help those affected by the fires ravaging California. Best of all, they only continue to expand their efforts, and are forerunners in the mission to increase and promote animal welfare.

Donor

Rating: 5

I initially volunteered at Peninsula Humane Society, several years ago. I was so impressed
with what I saw, that my husband and I decided to add them to our small list of organizations
we donate to annually. I continue to be amazed at the employees and volunteers' level of
commitment to help animals in need. PHS is also, incredibly well managed. I look
forward to continuing to work with them, in the future.

Sincerely,

Kathie Heidenreich

David C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a pleasure volunteering for the Peninsual Humane Society. From the various high quality services to the incredible employees and volunteers, I feel proud to be part of the team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at PHS for about 7 years. I work mostly in the Behavior Department, run by Maria Eguren. In recent years, I have worked with Maria to evaluate how adoptable dogs do with children of various ages -- so that adoptions are a good match. Maria is so knowledgeable about dogs, and great to work with. All in all, I love volunteering at PHS and very much appreciate the great work the shelter does.

Amy B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from PHS and was so thrilled with the way the animals were treated there that me and my kids started volunteering! I’ve worked with animals my entire life and have never seen such a compassionate group of folks that dedicated their lives to their well being.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the PHS. I have been volunteering here for years, and I hope I can continue to spend my time helping the people and animal here.
Everyone is amazing in how they care about animals, and work hard to care for those animals. Whether it's pets that need a new home, or wildlife that needs some attention before it can be went back to the wild.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an 8 year voluneer with the Penninsula Humane Society. Not enough could ever be said about this haven of love and respect for animals who have no place to go wandering the streets, were brought in abused, or turned over because the owner could no longer keep them. The level of care and nurturing is excellent and the staff and volunteers love their jobs and the kind people they see there daily. If they didn't they would not be there as the work is tough. Keeping the animals and thier surroundings clean and fed is long hard work. The work we all do at Peninsula Humane is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done. Even though this is not a paid job for me, it is just as rewarding.

Martha.K

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All the employees and volunteers have such a great passion for the welfare of animals.

As a volunteer in the kitten nursery for the last five years, I have seen 230 plus kittens adopted each year that would not have survived without the program. Some very small kittens are syringe fed by volunteers. Some of the kittens are only 2 weeks old. Three shifts a day tend to the needs of vulnerable kittens. Volunteers also foster at home which is coordinated by the program. Last year, 240 kittens found a home, were saved from being feral and were spayed.

There are also departments for wildlife which include exotic animals such as owls, hummingbirds and more.

The new building was designed for each department and makes a very pleasent place to visit and work.

The dog behavior area which has many dog adoption rooms with large glass windows and holds obedience classes is amazing. We are truly blessed that this building was funded and built.

Recently, 60 homeless animals were airlifted from Florida to San Mateo, CA to be cared for in the shelter. These animals would have been put down in Florida to make room for displaced animals with possible owners/families.The kitten nursery takes in kittens from other bay area shelters which do not have the ability to care for them.

The shelter takes care of many animals that have to be quarantined including the Florida animals which carry diseases not found in California. Once passing quarantine these animals will find homes.

The philosophy is that every healthy animal will be cared for throughout its life. Some cats have been here for 10 plus years.

If you are in the area, come by and see the dedicated staff and volunteers with these well cared for animals year round. The kitten nursery is on the second floor May-September/October.

I have adopted 3 cats here. Two, Pepper and Ginger, lived to be 19 years old, and Mew inspired me to volunteer at the shelter, so I am a client and volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered a total of 22 dogs over the past one and a half years. EVERYONE I have interacted with from vets to coordinators to adoption staff is so devoted. Whether we have newborns with a mama or two frightened 6 month old chihuahuas, the love, compassion and dedication to these animals is amazing. They are also responsive and easy to work with which makes volunteering for them addictive...ask my husband!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PHS-SPCA is so much more than just a shelter for lost dogs and cats. The passion and drive that is shown by everyone that works there, from the head of the organization right down to the ones that clean the kennels and cages, is so inspirational and honest, and obviously it's all a labor of love. This, in turn, ripples down to the fact that there are more than 1,400 volunteers that only want to help make the lives of every animal in PHS' care, better. Not a simple task. Many of the animals here are traumatized and depressed. We all are there to help try and make their stay a positive and rewarding experience--and adoptable. Plus, PHS is also a wildlife rescue and rehab facility too. This, in short, is an amazing place that also makes for a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PHS/SPCA is a great organization. They have wonderful leadership, and have built an unrivaled volunteer program. While they are not what some consider a "No Kill" animal shelter, they only euthanize animals when it's in the best interest of the animal (i.e., when an animal is suffering, and cannot recover or when an animal's behavior is dangerous, and the behavior cannot be corrected). Since they are connected to the county as the animal control agency, they have to accept every animal that comes through its doors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) & SPCA from its caring and friendly staff and open-shelter policy to its commitment to re-homing dogs and cats and its wide array of programs and services offered to the community. We adopted our first dog Scooby, a German Shepherd-Pit Bull Terrier mix, from the PHS & SPCA when he was 9 years old, and was blessed to call him a member of our family for seven more wonderful and fulfilling years! We are so impressed with the selflessness of the PHS & SPCA that we are now proud to call ourselves volunteers, having the pleasure to help at the non-profit's fundraisers, including Secondhand Chic and A Home for the Holidays events. PHS & SPCA is truly an integral part of our community! BRAVO! BRAVO!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 16 years in veterinary services and overall I think PHS & SPCA does wonderful work for homeless animals. The PHS & SPCA animal shelter is one of the few animal shelters that takes in ALL animals, not just adoptable animals and that is a very important role this organization fills. If an animal is not adoptable, at least it will be cared for by the staff at PHS & SPCA. The Foster Care Program is one example of how PHS & SPCA cares for the animals that are not immediately adoptable. See the photo of the kitty family for which PHS & SPCA provided foster care until momma cat and her seven kittens were healthy enough to be adopted .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a PHS volunteer for over five years now and it is one of the best decisions I've ever made. PHS is an amazing organization that I am wholeheartedly proud to be a part of. As a volunteer, I've found the staff at PHS to be extremely dedicated to their work, passionate about helping animals (and people!) and also very talented. From the behavior department (my main department) to customer service to animal care and control, the staff at PHS are the very best. Also, the other volunteers who I have met at PHS are some of the most compassionate and inspiring people I've met. Our community is very lucky to have PHS looking out for our pets!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog, Cody, and I have been volunteers with PHS for 3 years as part of the Paws and Tales program. We work at libraries, medical clinics, schools, colleges and county health clinics.
Every time I see children reading their hearts out to the dog teams, people waiting for medical procedures being comforted by the dogs, children previously afraid of dogs sitting close and loving them and children in therapy holding "their dog" as they work I am awed by the gift these animals provide people by their love, friendship and acceptance.
PHS enables this all to happen not only by caring for all the animals coming to them but also making the connections between these incredible animals and the community.
The world needs more of these interactions!

Lisa590

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We all want to make a difference in this world. PHS shows by action what many of us believe in our hearts. Every little thing we do , can make a positive difference. Every single day , staff and volunteers work together to help all kinds of animals and people in our community .
I have had the privilege of volunteering at PHS for 20 years now Hmm, for those of you wondering, !" Whoa, just how old is she anyway? " The answer is , I am still in double digits. The saying, " time flies when you are having fun" truly applies when helping at Peninsula Humane Society! Thank you, Lisa O'Brien

LisaDL

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopting our dog from the Peninsula Humane Society five years ago was one of the best things my family has ever done, and we wanted to give back. At the time my daughter was 13 so we signed on as a mother-daughter team. And yet again - this was one of the best things we have done as a family. We began with dog TLC, then we added cat TLC to our training, and now we also work with outreach and events. We couldn't be happier. When PHS says they build healthy relationships between people and animals, they speak the truth. It has been three years that we have been volunteering and we see no end in sight.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at PHS since 2006 and find it to be a very rewarding thing to do. I used to work in Spay & Neuter and enjoyed it very much. I now volunteer at as many events as I possibly can hoping it will make a difference for our wonderful animals. All of the staff and other volunteers are great and make it a pleasure to be in such a wonderful place.

I also promote The Pick of the Liter where all the proceeds go towards the animals. I have been donating to them for many years and will continue to do so. John always has a smile on his face when you see him at The Pick and is very welcoming. If you have many items to donate they will coordinate a time to pick them up at your house.

We have a wonderful Fashion Show which is getting better and better each year that we put it on, a huge success and so much fun for the volunteers, models & patrons. We raise a lot of money for the Hope Fund.

A wonderful facility, caring staff and loving animals looking for their forever home. PHS is a great place and I would highly recommend anyone looking to adopt to check it out. I give them a "10+". Debbie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA since 2013. My daughter and I started with Cat TLC and have worked in the Kitten Nursery the last 2 kitten seasons. We also help with the videos on adoptable cats. The staff is great and what the organization does is amazing -- we couldn't be happier to have such a wonderful organization that helps so many animals so close to our home.