PHS/SPCA opened its doors in 1950, and has always been a progressive, often-modeled leader. Our roots trace to a small association of animal advocates who found deplorable conditions at the local pounds and established the Society. Soon thereafter, this new organization contracted with San Mateo County to provide animal control services – the first such relationship of its kind. In the 1970s, PHS/SPCA became the first California humane society to have an on-site Spay/Neuter Clinic, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and "get acquainted" rooms for the public to meet and play with shelter animals as part of the adoption process. By the late 1970s, the Society began teaching the humane treatment of animals to schoolchildren. In the 1980s, the Society began a mobile adoption program, and in the early 1990s, PHS/SPCA was among the first shelters to offer services for pets belonging to domestic abuse victims and a free animal behavior helpline for local pet owners. Recent progressive work includes a pet assisted therapy program which brings our volunteers and their pets to patients and residents in hospitals and other facilities, a department devoted to addressing animal cruelty, and a mobile spay/neuter program which provides free fixes for residents in targeted neighborhoods
A few decades ago, a PHS/SPCA officer rescued a tan and white Australian Shepherd mix. The dog had apparently been stabbed. Even though staff veterinarians doubted that the dog would survive, and live to trust another human, they gave her pain medication and supportive care. The dog survived and thrived at the shelter. Her circle of friends at the shelter as well as interested adopters grew. They called her “Hope”. Hope was eventually adopted by a volunteer and lived a happy and well cared for life.
This inspired the “Hope Program” which helps the neediest animals and gives them a second chance at life. It treats, and then helps place animals, like Hope, that would otherwise not be adoptable because of health and/or behavior problems.
As an open-door shelter, PHS/SPCA accepts all animals regardless of their age, size, temperament, and behavior. Some animals need extra medical care, behavior training, or just special attention before they can be placed into a new forever home. For some of them, PHS/SPCA is their only chance! The Hope Program, which is entirely donation funded, saves an average of 200 animals each month!
Help raise $10,000 to cover the average cost of the medical supplies needed to save approximately 600 animals through the Hope Program.
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