12 Airport Blvd , San Mateo, CA
PHS/SPCA, a private non-profit organization guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. 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.
As an ethical choice to provide safe sanctuary for every animal in need and since we are contracted with all cities in San Mateo County, we have no control over the number of incoming animals. Last year, we received more than 8,500 dogs, cats and other pet animals as well as thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We accept all animals, and often provide a second chance to the neediest – those who would otherwise be turned away at so-called “no kill” agencies that accept only highly adoptable animals. Our record is outstanding. Since 2003, we have adopted 100% of healthy dogs and cats. Our definition of “healthy” is based on the State’s definition: dogs and cats without medical or behavioral issues, 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. Sadly, in some cases like the ones mentioned above, all we can provide is a painless ending when resources have been exhausted. While we cannot save every treatable animal, we place every healthy animal into a new home. Staff, volunteers and supporters are equally proud of the fact that we make well, then adopt, between 100-150 treatable animals every month.
Educational programs, outreach clinics, and partnerships with other organizations bring our services to the many animals who never set paw in our shelter. We hold a monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a loved companion, assist county residents who face the daunting task of finding pet-friendly rental housing, offer multiple levels of obedience classes, offer a speakers bureau, and investigate hundreds of cruelty calls. PHS/SPCA is much more than a shelter. It's a place where dedicated professionals and volunteers share their passion, talent and commitment in service to the animals and people in the diverse communities that make up San Mateo County. We invite you to learn more about us.