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Gumby the dog wears a cone while recovering from surgery and is one of the 190 animals every month who benefit from the Hope Program

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Hope Program helps the neediest animals and gives them a second chance at life. As an open-door shelter, PHS/SPCA accepts all animals regardless of their age, size, temperament and behavior. Some animals arrive perfectly healthy and need nothing more than a new loving home, but many others need extra medical care, behavior training, or TLC before they can be placed into a new forever home. For some of them, PHS/SPCA is their only chance. Hope saves an average of 200 animals every month. Thanks to generous support, this number keeps growing! If you are interested in learning more or are able to make a life-saving contribution, please contact Lisa Van Buskirk at 650-340-7022, ext. 327 or

Our Hope story dates back a few decades. A PHS/SPCA officer was called to a scene where a tan and white Australian Shepherd mix was dying -- an apparent, yet inexplicable stabbing victim. Staff veterinarians felt the frightened dog would not make it through the night and doubted she would ever trust another human, yet  she was given pain medication and supportive care. The following day, she showed a flicker of hope; she began eating and even wagged her tail. “Hope,” as we began calling her, progressed further over the next few days. Her circle of friends at the shelter grew as did the number of interested adopters. One volunteer persisted in her efforts to adopt and gave Hope fabulous years of her love and care. Hope’s story inspired a program that would care for more animals like her who need specialty care before being made well enough for adoption.

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