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Mobile Adoptions

Every Saturday (and some week days!) PHS/SPCA takes animals and adoptions on the road. A group of volunteers and staff take adoptable dogs, cats, and small animals to locations throughout San Mateo County. All dogs are on leash while cats and small animals are secured in kennels. Adoptions can be done on the spot, and in most cases you are able to bring the animal home that day. Although we are showcasing our animals in hopes of finding permanent homes for them, we are also there to answer questions about PHS/SPCA services and other animal related questions. Please feel more than welcome to stop by and say hello!

Mobile adoption schedule:

  • 1st Saturday of the month
    Serramonte Mall – February, April, June, August, October and December
  • 2nd Saturday of the Month
    Petco at Bridgepointe- Jan, March, May, July, September and November
    Pet Food Express San Carlos- Feb, April, June, August, October and December
  • 3rd Saturday of the Month
    Hillsdale Mall - San Mateo
  • 4th Saturday of the Month
    Bow Wow Meow Menlo Park - February, April, June, August, October and  December
    Bow Wow Meow San Carlos - January, March, May, July, September and November

We also participate in local special events, including city festivals and parades. For more information about getting our mobile adoptions team at your location, contact Annie at:

Feral Cats

PHS/SPCA offers County residents a generous “feral cat” package with two goals in mind: to make using our services, including our Spay/Neuter Clinic, easy and to continue offering discounted services to people who need assistance with feral cats in San Mateo County. We encourage TTVAR (trap, test, vaccinate, alter, return) where caretakers are willing and able to provide ongoing care for ferals. We will offer trap rentals ($50 deposit and $1/day rental fee) through our Front Office.

People who have successfully trapped a feral cat and wish to have the cat altered can bring the cat to PHS/SPCA’s Spay/Neuter Clinic to be tested and altered. Our clinic is the County’s top spay/neuter resource for feral cat caregivers. We alter feral cats by appointment only, Tuesday through Friday. Once you have trapped a feral cat, please call this number and leave a message: 650/340-7022, ext. 679. Staff will check messages and call caregivers back to make appointments. Please note that trying to call around to different shelter departments in an attempt to reach a live person will not expedite the process; if anything, it will mean your information will not be left in the only place where it needs to be. 

Our Clinic’s "Feral Cat Package” includes vaccines as age appropriate, ear tipping, FIV/FeLV tests, in addition to the surgery. This service is available for just $50 or it is free when a county voucher is presented. To obtain a voucher, call San Mateo County Health Department, Monday through Thursday, at 650/573-3940.

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Pet Food Bank

PHS/SPCA regularly receives donated dog and cat food from local residents.  We choose not to feed donated food to our shelter animals in order to maintain a consistent diet. Instead, we contact local human services agencies that operate food pantry programs, since they regularly encounter clients who have pets. The past few years, we’ve worked with Samaritan House, CALL Primrose and Ecumenical Hunger Program.  We welcome the community’s pet food donations and look forward to growing this vital program. Local residents can bring donated food (cans or unopened bags) to our Coyote Point facility (12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo) or our new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion (1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame).


Rental Referrals

Have a companion animal and looking to rent? Our Pets in Rental Housing packet contains valuable information for renters with companion animals as well as for landlords who would like to list their housing that allows pets. To receive a packet, or if your landlord/complex allows pets, please contact Lindsay Reynolds at 650/340-7022, ext. 344 or
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Safe Pets Program

Animals living in violent households are often victims of abuse. People seeking refuge from such abusive situations are often unwilling to leave out of fear for their animal(s) safety. PHS/SPCA provides protection and temporary, free housing for animals for up to 45 days, during which time the client is asked to make more permanent arrangements. We ask clients to purchase a San Mateo County animal license (in client's name). This process can be completed at our shelter and establishes legal ownership of the animal in the event that the abuser visits the shelter looking for that animal. Licensing fees range from $6-11 for cats and $11-21 for dogs. Contact Dayna Pesenti at 650/340-7022, ext. 378 or


Speakers Bureau

Is your service club, organization, or company looking for an interesting speaker? PHS/SPCA provides speakers and interesting topics for local clubs, service organizations, community events and corporations. Contact Scott Delucchi at 650/685-8510 or


Vaccination and Microchip Clinics

We hold Vaccination Clinics on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in our auditorium. These low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, canine distemper, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips -- a permanent form of companion animal identification. For more information, please call 650/340-7022. The clinic is held at the 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo location.



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Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion
Adoptions | Education | Wildlife | Administration
1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone 650.340.7022 Fax 650.685.8428

Coyote Point Shelter
Lost/Found | Animal Intake | Spay/Neuter | Animal Control
12 Airport Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone 650.340.7022 Fax 650.348.7891