COVID-19 & Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA remains focused on the health and safety of the animals in our care, our staff, our volunteers, and our community. This page will be updated as changes are made to our services and protocols; we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together during this time. #PawsibleTogether

We are closed to the public, but continue to offer certain essential services, detailed below. All of our animals continue to receive the food, shelter, treatment, exercise, and love they need before they find their forever homes. We are making sure that our staff and any visitors follow social distancing guidelines, and are using stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes.

What You Can Do From Home

Make a Plan for your Pet

It has never been more important to have a plan for your pet! If possible, arrange for a family member, friend, or neighbor to care for them if you are unable to – remember, according to the CDC there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. Make sure that you have a pet supply kit on hand:

  • Food for two weeks
  • Your pet’s favorite treats
  • A leash (if needed!)
  • Some toys
  • A carrier for transport
  • Vaccination records
  • Collars with ID tags
  • Updated microchip information
  • Medications and their instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Contact information for your veterinary clinic
  • Contact information for yourself and whoever will be caring for your pet

Yes, we still need your help! PHS/SPCA is a private non-profit, so we rely on your donations to take care of all of the animals that we save. You can make monetary donations online, or help us purchase much-needed in-kind donations by going to our Amazon Wishlist

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Pet Food Bank

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon
Where: Pick of the Litter, 1127 Chula Vista Ave., Burlingame, CA

We are providing assistance to San Mateo County pet owners who are in need of pet food during the COVID-19 crisis. This service is for residents who are low-income or for those who are high-risk and in self-isolation. We will not be requiring income or health verification, but we do hope people will be honest and not access the food bank unless needed.

Pet food distribution will occur Fridays from 10:00 am to noon.  The pick-up location will be Pick of the Litter located at 1127 Chula Vista Avenue in Burlingame. Please call first at (650) 988-5280 or email to provide our staff with information on your pet.

During food pick up, social distancing guidelines will be strictly followed. Our staff will ask for the pet owner’s name through the door, and then ask the pet owner to step back six feet. The food will then be placed outside the door, and once the door is closed, the pet owner can take the food and leave. We thank pet owners in advance for adhering to these public health and safety procedures to help keep everyone safe & healthy.

We can also deliver pet food to those who cannot visit the food bank in person. Delivery area will be limited. Please call (650) 988-5280 or email at to inquire about delivery options.

Lantos Center for Compassion

1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame CA
Weekdays: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Weekends: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Our Center for Compassion is closed to the public, but adoptions are available by appointment only. Please call (650) 340-7022 ext. 499 to make an appointment with an animal you would like to adopt, and our adoption counselors will go over our adoption forms and requirements with you on the phone. Then you can set up a time to meet! Keep in mind that if you have family or other pets they will need to come along.

We are being careful to limit the number of people in our Center at all times, and are practicing social distancing. Please be respectful of any guidelines given to you while at our Center, and please stay home if you are feeling sick.


Intake Shelter at Coyote Point Park

12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo CA
Weekdays: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Weekends: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Our Intake Shelter remains open for service, although our doors are locked. We will only allow one or two people inside at any time. If you need help with a stray animal, finding a lost animal, or surrendering or humanely euthanizing your pet, please come to our shelter during our normal business hours. When you arrive, please call (650) 340-7022 ext. 339 and one of our staff on site will assist you.



Preparing dogs for life after Shelter-in-Place 

While dogs are certainly happy to have their people at home and receive a lot of extra walks and attention during the pandemic, it’s a good idea to prepare them for life after shelter-in-place and their families go back to work and/or school.  For tips on helping your dog adjust please click here.

Foster Care Program

Thank you for the all of the support we have received from the community regarding foster homes! We are not seeking short term foster homes at this time. Currently, our dedicated team of staff and volunteers are able to offer TLC and enrichment to every animal in our care. 

However, we are still recruiting for our general foster care program! We especially need foster homes for dogs that are not yet ready for adoption due to medical or behavioral reasons. We expect the time frame for these fosters to extend beyond the current shelter-in-place mandate. If this is something you are interested in, and if you are able to commit to a longer-term foster dog, please contact Larkin O’Toole at


At this time, all in-person events are cancelled until the Shelter-in-Place order is lifted. This includes birthday parties, tours, behavior classes, Mr. Moo’s Storytime, and any other gatherings. We will continue to cancel upcoming in-person events as necessary, but watch our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram pages for digital events coming soon!

Animal Adventures with Kylynn

When: Thursdays at 3:00 pm

Bored at home with your pet? Join Kylynn to learn a bunch of kid-friendly, fun activities that you and your furry friend can do at home – from agility training with your dog, to rabbit care, and more! New episodes will air every week, so stay tuned and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Pet Assisted Therapy Visits

When: Keep an eye out for new episodes!

Enjoy a big hello from our Pet Assisted Therapy teams! These at-home videos are fun and informational, and give you a look into the life of a certified Therapy Pet. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of these cuties!

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