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Simply stated, we strive to make lasting matches and make it easy for animals to go into good homes. If we steer you toward or away from a particular animal, we will always explain why. We are successful when animals enjoy long, happy lives with their adopters. When you recommend us to others, give us shout-outs on social media and send us photos of your pets in their new loving homes, we know we’ve done our jobs well. We place thousands of animals into new homes each year, yet celebrate them one at a time.

All adoptable animals (except farm animals and some exotics) are now housed only at our Tom & Annette Lantos Center for Compassion, located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

Adoption Procedure

To meet adoptable animals in foster care, please follow the instructions in their profiles. Adopters must visit in person to adopt, and we do not ship our animals.

Potential adopters are asked to complete our Adoption Profile, which serves as a conversation starter when you meet with a pet and Adoption Counselor. Our 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. To make the best match possible, we suggest that you bring all family members to meet the new companion and bring your current dog(s) to meet a new dog. Of course, we give you “alone” time with the pet you are considering.

Please note that adopters must be at least 18 years old, and PHS/SPCA reserves the right to deny adoptions. 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.

Adoption Hours

To adopt an animal please call 650-340-7022 for an appointment or submit your adoption profile to 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: 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

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