Peninsula Humane Society

Peninsula Humane Society

12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, California 94010
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Local Phone: (650) 340-8200

PHS/SPCA, a private non-profit guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. As an ethical choice, they accept all animals in need of care and often provide a second chance to the neediest animals: those who would otherwise be turned away at so-called “no kill” agencies that accept only highly adoptable animals. PHS/SPCA also serves as San Mateo County's provider of animal rescue and control services and, as such, has no control over the number of incoming animals. Given that, their record is outstanding.

Since 2003, the PHS/SPCA has adopted 100% of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats. Their definition of “healthy” is based on the State’s definition: dogs and cats without medical or behavioral issues, those that are fully weaned and social. It excludes obviously unhealthy animals (those with injuries and illnesses or those behaviorally scarred from past treatment and mistreatment) as well as unweaned kittens and feral cats.  Still, donations to their Hope Program allow them to make these animals well, then place into new homes.

In February 2008, the Society celebrated accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) following a comprehensive review of the shelter’s veterinary program. Community education and outreach, partnerships, and a dedicated volunteer group greatly extend our mission and work.

Photo Courtesy: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Photo Courtesy: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Coco is a happy, healthy girl in search of her forever home.

In January, when she first landed at Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, it was another story entirely. She had a severe skin infection that had caused a lot of hair loss, and she was shut down and fearful. But the PHS veterinary staff started treating her skin miseries, while volunteers and training staff worked on her confidence.

Soon Coco was feeling a whole lot better, and now this two-year-old pit bull with the David Bowie eyes is showing her true self: happy, energetic, and playful. more »
Our good friends at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA are always coming up with creative ways to help pets, wildlife, and the people who love them. One innovative program that's been quite successful is TAILS (Transitioning Animals Into Loving Situations), a partnership between Peninsula Humane and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office that pairs minimum-security inmates with shelter dogs, especially those dogs who need some extra attention and TLC. more »
Tiny Dog with BowHalf Moon Bay Brewing threw a great dane of a party this weekend to celebrate their 3rd consecutive win in the Beast of The Bay contest as the Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant in the Bay Area that was also a fundraiser benefiting the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA. Kayla, DogTrekker’s Research Lab, attended the festivities and sniffed out this report.  more »
Mutt Strutt
Walk, don't run for the animals of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA! Join on Saturday, August 17, 2013 for PHS/SPCA's 19th annual Mutt Strutt. It's just around the corner, so start stretching now.  more »
Mutt Strutt LogoGet your walking shoes laced up and your leash untangled because its time for the Peninsula Humane Society’s annual Mutt Strutt fundraiser. At Coyote Point Park in San Mateo, the fundraiser raises money for the PHS’s Hope Program. DogTrekker reveled in the festivities last year and this year we are looking forward to another pawsitively fun filled day! more »
Duke If we’re having family over for the big holiday feast, the day will likely end with an uncle or a grandpa snoring on the sofa. The subject of food makes this the perfect time to share the story of Duke, a skinny black Lab who found his way to the Peninsula Humane Society. Duke arrived as a stray weighing just 57 pounds, pretty lean for a young male Lab with his frame. But his weight was just one of the issues troubling our staff. more »
benji-peninsula humane society & spcaCongratulations to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA on the opening earlier this month of their gorgeous new facility in Burlingame, the Tom & Annette Lantos Center For Compassion. more »
Dog lying down on command from trainerDo you tell your dog to “come,” or do you use the command “here?” Does Rowdy understand the difference between “down” and “off?” What’s your opinion on pinch collars? more »
Mutt Strut DogDogTrekker was on hand last Saturday as 400 humans strutted their mutts at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo during the Peninsula Humane Society's 17th Annual Mutt Strutt. The fundraiser, which funds the Hope Program, raised over $53,000 after expenses for the animals of PHS. more »
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