Find your forever friend at our Center for Compassion in Burlingame, where we have dogs, cats, small animals, and exotic animals available for adoption.


We are not currently scheduling New Volunteer Orientations, and are instead focusing on specialized recruitment to meet the needs of the shelter. We will send recruitment emails to all applicants who meet the basic criteria for the role. Please complete an application here to be added to that contact list, and keep an eye on this page for updates.


PHS/SPCA receives no funding from national groups. Donations made to us stay here to help animals in our community. Your gift makes a difference!

Lost or Found an Animal?

Have you found a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, a stray domestic animal or lost an animal in San Mateo County? Please click here for more information or call 650-340-7022.

Donate Your Vehicle

HALT! Who goes there? What is your quest? Perchance, do you seek… the holy grail of pets? We promise not to taunt you a first OR second time (not even in a French accent) should you arrive at our castle -er, we mean shelter doors in search of a small animal companion! Adoption fees are WAIVED for all small animals at PHS/SPCA, which means rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, and mice are excited to find their perfect forever homes. No shrubberies are required in order to adopt, and we won’t ask you any questions about the migratory habits of coconut-carrying birds!

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Interested in meeting with one of our adoptable small animals, please submit your fully completed Adoption Profile Form to and an adoption counselor will call you and conduct a phone interview before making an appointment to meet in person. You must be 18 or older to apply.

A note about national sounding organizations who are currently fundraising in our area: groups like the ASPCA, Best Friends and Humane Society of the U.S. do not help local animals in San Mateo County. PHS/SPCA is your community animal welfare organization providing care for thousands of animals in San Mateo County. We receive no funding from the national sounding groups, nor are we governed by or affiliated with them. The only way to help local homeless, unwanted, abandoned, and abused pets (as well as local sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife) in this community is by volunteering at PHS/SPCA, adopting from PHS/SPCA or making a donation directly to PHS/SPCA.

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