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

These are only some of the wonderful small animals we have for adoption. We do our best to update this page regularly, but we can’t guarantee every animal shown here is still available. It’s also typical for us to have small animals who haven’t had their photos taken yet, so you are welcome to visit our adoption center and have a look around the 2nd floor! We are happy to help you find the perfect pet.

PHS/SPCA usually has rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice available for adoption. Click a photo to see a pop up box with more information, photos, and videos. If you are interested in a particular breed, such as Dutch rabbit, you can use the search box below. More information about our adoptable small animals

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To adopt an animal, please come to the center to meet with a Customer Service representative and get acquainted with available animals. You can download a small animal adoption profile, complete the form and bring it with you. We open at 11am every day except major holidays. It is often not possible for our staff to complete adoptions when visitors arrive less than an hour before closing (7 pm on weekdays and 6 pm on weekends). Please allow at least an hour if you think you might be adopting a pet.

More Information About Our Small Animals


PHS/SPCA always has a lot of rabbits available for adoption, both single rabbits and bonded pairs.

Rabbits are social, can be litterbox trained, and have a life span of eight to ten years. Rabbits should live inside for protection from predators. Their living area should be free of materials that would be dangerous to chew.

PHS/SPCA includes spay or neuter surgery as part of the $40 adoption fee for our rabbits (altered rabbits are healthier and have better dispositions).

If you cannot locate the rabbit of your dreams here at PHS/SPCA, then be sure to check out the House Rabbit Society organization. The House Rabbit Society rescues rabbits from shelters and places them up for adoption, and their web site provides a wealth of information on rabbit care.

Guinea Pigs

PHS/SPCA usually has a variety of guinea pigs available for adoption. The adoption fee for a guinea pig is only $15. Guinea pigs are gentle rodents that live up to seven years. Many learn to enjoy being held. They prefer to live with other guinea pigs. They come in a variety of colors and coats.

If you cannot locate the guinea pig of your dreams here at the PHS/SPCA, then be sure to check out Cavy Spirit Guinea Pig Rescue and Adoption. Cavy Spirit rescues guinea pigs from all over and places them for adoption. The web site includes a wealth of information on caring for these cute critters.


PHS/SPCA often has hamsters available for adoption. The adoption fee for a hamster is only $10. Hamsters are nocturnal rodents and have a life span of up to three years. Syrian Hamsters (also called Teddy Bear Hamsters and Golden Hamsters) grow to be about 8 inches long, and prefer to live alone as adults. Small Dwarf Hamsters (which grow to be about 4 inches long) can live alone or in groups. They are easy to care for, and many enjoy gentle handling.


PHS/SPCA often has rats available for adoption. The adoption fee for a rat is only $10. Pet rats are curious and friendly rodents. They have a life span of two to three years. They are social and prefer to live with other rats. Some rats can be trained to do tricks. Females are more active and males are more cuddly. They are easy to care for.


PHS/SPCA often has mice available for adoption. Mice have a life span of 1-2 years, and the adoption fee for mice is only $5. They are easy to care for, and many enjoy gentle handling.

Photo credit: Thank you to Sandy Chang for photographing our adoptable small animals.

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