Peninsula Humane Society
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, California 94010
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.