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Thank you for considering adopting from Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA! As an open-door shelter we offer many different types of animal companions for adoption and our adoption counselors will be pleased to assist in finding the right pet for you!

All of our animals receive medical and behavior evaluations. Cats, dogs and rabbits are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. All of our cats and dogs are also microchipped. If needed, the animals in our care receive flea, tick and de-worming treatments and FIV testing.

Our adoption package also includes 14 days of post-adoption limited medical care, a temporary leash or carrier and a discount on behavior classes.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA places thousands of animals into new homes every single year.

Adoption Procedure

The Lantos Center for Compassion is open for visits! We are located at 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA. During your visit, an Adoption Counselor will assist you with a same day, walk-in adoption or if you prefer, we can make an adoption appointment. Potential adopters are asked to complete our Adoption Profile, which serves as a conversation starter when you meet with a pet. The counselor will use this profile to discuss your past experiences with pets, your lifestyle, activities you might want to do with your new pet and the pet’s housing situation. And, of course, we will answer your questions. Of course, we give you “alone” time with the pet you are considering. Adoptions are done on the same day of the meet and greet, so please come prepared to adopt if you fall in love.

Adoption Appointments: If you prefer to set up an appointment to meet with dogs, please submit your fully completed Adoption Profile to the adoptions department at [email protected].  A staff member will call you to set up an appointment. You must be 18 or older to submit a profile.

To make the best match possible, we suggest that you bring the entire household to meet the new companion and bring your current dog(s) if you are looking to meet a new dog.

Please Note: Same day walk-in adoptions will be done on a first come, first served basis. Adoptions take a minimum of 1 hour. If you planning to come into the shelter for an adoption, please come at least one hour before closing, an hour and half on the weekends. All adopters must be at least 18 years old, and PHS/SPCA reserves the right to deny adoptions. People 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to interact with adoptable animals. Our priorities are the health, safety and future well-being of the animals in our care and the health, safety and expectations of people hoping to find an animal companion. Adopters must visit in person to adopt, and we do not ship our animals.

Dogs and Cats in Foster Care

You can make arrangements to meet a dog or cat that is in foster care by emailing the animal behavior department. Please submit a fully completed Adoption Profile to [email protected] and a staff member will call you to conduct a phone interview before making an appointment to meet. You must be 18 or older to submit a profile.

Small Animals in Foster Care

You can make arrangements to meet a rabbit or guinea pig who is in foster care by submitting your fully completed Adoption Profile to [email protected]. A staff member will call to set up an appointment. You must be 18 or older to submit a profile.

Adoption Hours

To adopt an animal please call 650-340-7022 for an appointment or submit your adoption profile to [email protected]. Please allow at least an hour if you think you might be adopting a pet.  

Drop in hours for potential adopters:
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Please note there are a limited number of drop-in adoption appointments available per day. 


Adoption Application Forms

You can download an adoption application form for a cat, dog, small animal (rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, mouse, or rat), or exotic animal below. You can email the completed adoption application form to the PHS/SPCA customer service at: [email protected] or mail it to us at 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame CA 94010; or bring it to the shelter during our adoption hours.  Please note that currently our adoption forms are fillable PDFs which can only be filled in on a desktop computer. We are working on finding mobile friendly forms.

Dog Adoption Profile   Cat Adoption Profile Small Animal Adoption Profile Exotic Animal Adoption Profile

Considerations Before Adopting