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Animal Sheltering & Care

PHS/SPCA is a private nonprofit, yet we are contracted with our County to perform state-mandated animal control functions including sheltering of all our County’s stray animals.  Since the early 1950s, PHS/SPCA has been this community’s only sanctuary for stray animals. In recent years, the annual intake for stray and owner-surrendered dogs and cats has been approximately 9,000. We receive stray animals and accept owner-surrendered pets at our Coyote Point facility only, and not at our Center for Compassion in Burlingame.  Fees collected for owner-surrendered animals are set by the County and are forwarded to the County; PHS/SPCA does not keep any portion of these fees. We move animals to our new Burlingame center after we determine they can be made available for adoption. On any given day, our staff cares for between 425 and 1,100 animals. This includes animals at both facilities, domestic animals as well as sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. PHS/SPCA is one of just a handful of animal shelters in the entire country that rehabilitates wildlife.

In addition to providing a safe sanctuary for strays and owner-surrendered animals, and accepting sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from San Francisco through Northern Santa Clara County, PHS/SPCA also provides temporary, free 30-day stays for pets belong to domestic abuse victims (these individuals must be referred to us by a domestic abuse shelter), we house animals who are quarantined after biting a person or another animal, and we occasionally intake animals involved in protective custody situations or animal cruelty cases. And, In the event of a local emergency (such as the San Bruno gas explosion), PHS/SPCA has the ability to provide temporary sanctuary for displaced animals. If this is not possible at the Coyote Point shelter due to space limitations or our current animal population, PHS/SPCA is equipped to establish a temporary shelter somewhere else in our County and will partner with the Red Cross.

Our staff includes veterinarians, Vet Techs, Animal Care Technicians and Wildlife care specialists; this team provides an outstanding level of care – routine daily care, plus emergency care -- for all our animals, including those animals awaiting stray periods and others available for adoption.  Dozens of dedicated volunteers help us provide an overall wellness plan for sheltered animals.

The goal for domestic animals in our care is to reunite them with their owners or re-home them with adopters.  For wildlife, we strive to make them better as soon as possible while minimizing contact so as not to imprint on them, then return them back to their natural habitats. Since 2002, PHS/SPCA has found new homes for 100% of healthy dogs and cats in our care.  However, some animals require a great deal of medical care or behavioral work before they can even be made available for adoption. Our donor-supported Hope Program enables us to make well, then find homes for  approx. 200 animals per month.


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Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion
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1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone 650.340.7022 Fax 650.685.8428

Coyote Point Shelter
Lost/Found | Animal Intake | Spay/Neuter | Animal Control
12 Airport Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone 650.340.7022 Fax 650.348.7891