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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

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Sandi S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA for over 5 years now, mainly working on the Dog TLC program within the Behavior department, although I do help out with special events, such as the Charity Gala Ball and Burlingame Pet Parade. PHS & SPCA provide a variety of services ranging from, the expected, Adoptions, Obedience classes and Education programs to, the less obvious, Birthday parties for 6-12 year-olds. The dedicated staff and passionate volunteers, working rain or shine with constant smiles on their faces because they love what they do, are friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. They are all great assets to the organization. PHS is a wonderful place for pets, wildlife, and the people who care for them, and I am proud to be part of it. I adopted my own dog from PHS two and a half years ago, and still count my blessing each and every day; she is an absolute treasure.

mmsmith

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the Peninsula Humane Society since 2014. I participate in the Dog TLC program, along with Paws for Tales facilitated by the Pet Assisted Therapy group, and assist with Special Events. Between the knowledgeable staff, dedicated volunteers, and the myriad of programs to better the lives of all animals and the community, I'm proud to be part of this organization.

I owe a special thank you to the behavior group and Dog TLC volunteers for taking care of the dogs that have permanently become part of my family. I am so grateful for the care and love each of you provided to my boys during their time with the PHS.