Available Small Animals
These are only some of the wonderful small animals we have for adoption. We do our best to update this page regularly, but we can’t guarantee every animal shown here is still available. It’s also typical for us to have small animals who haven’t had their photos taken yet, so to see who we have available, please either visit our Lantos Center for Compassion or call 650-340-7022 ext. 823 anytime for a pre-recorded list of our available animals (updated daily before 11 am).
Rabbits are social, can be litterbox trained, and have a life span of eight to ten years. Rabbits should live inside for protection from predators. Their living area should be free of materials that would be dangerous to chew.
PHS/SPCA includes spay or neuter surgery as part of the adoption fee for our rabbits. Altered rabbits are healthier and have better dispositions.
If you cannot locate the rabbit of your dreams here at PHS/SPCA, then be sure to check out the House Rabbit Society organization. The House Rabbit Society rescues rabbits from shelters and places them up for adoption, and their web site provides a wealth of information on rabbit care.
Guinea pigs are gentle rodents that live up to seven years. Many learn to enjoy being held. They prefer to live with other guinea pigs. They come in a variety of colors and coats.
If you cannot locate the guinea pig of your dreams here at the PHS/SPCA, then be sure to check out Cavy Spirit Guinea Pig Rescue and Adoption. Cavy Spirit rescues guinea pigs from all over and places them for adoption. The web site includes a wealth of information on caring for these cute critters.
Hamsters are nocturnal rodents and have a life span of up to three years. Syrian Hamsters (also called Teddy Bear Hamsters and Golden Hamsters) grow to be about 8 inches long, and prefer to live alone as adults. Small Dwarf Hamsters (which grow to be about 4 inches long) can live alone or in groups. They are easy to care for, and many enjoy gentle handling.
Pet rats are curious and friendly rodents. They have a life span of two to three years. They are social and prefer to live with other rats. Some rats can be trained to do tricks. Females are more active and males are more cuddly. They are easy to care for.
Mice have a life span of 1-2 years. They are easy to care for, and many enjoy gentle handling.
To adopt an animal, please come to the center to meet with a Customer Service representative and get acquainted with available animals. You can download an adoption profile, complete the form and bring it with you. We open at 11 am every day except major holidays. It is often not possible for our staff to complete adoptions when visitors arrive less than an hour before closing (7 pm on weekdays and 6 pm on weekends). Please allow at least an hour if you think you might be adopting a pet.
Photo credit: Thank you to Mallika and Judy for photographing our adoptable small animals.