The Hope Program
The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Hope Program helps the neediest animals and gives them a second chance at life. As an open-door shelter, PHS/SPCA accepts all animals regardless of their age, size or breed. Some animals arrive perfectly healthy and need nothing more than a new loving home, but many others need extra medical care, behavior training, or TLC before they can be placed into a new forever home. For some of them, PHS/SPCA is their only chance. Hope saves on average more than 100 animals every month, thanks to your generous support! See some of the graduates of the Hope Program on our Shelter Stories page. If you are interested in learning more or are able to make a life-saving contribution, please contact Lisa Van Buskirk at 650-340-7022, ext. 327 or Lvanbuskirk@PHS-SPCA.org.
Our Hope story dates back a few decades when a PHS/SPCA staff member was called to a scene where a tan and white Corgi mix was dying — an apparent, yet inexplicable stabbing victim. Staff veterinarians feared this scared, weak dog would not make it through the night and doubted she would ever trust another human if she did. They did everything they could to stabilize her and reduce her pain. The following day, she showed a flicker of hope; she began eating and even wagged her tail. “Hope,” as we began calling her, progressed further over the next few days. Her circle of friends at the shelter grew as staff and volunteers worked with her to heal her wounds and come out of her shell. One volunteer, who was at the shelter the day Hope arrived, gave her a fabulous home with years of love and care. Hope’s story inspired our donor funded Hope Program which allows us to care for more animals like her who need specialty care before being made well enough for adoption.