Animal rescue and control


All 20 cities and towns in San Mateo County participate in the countywide animal control program. The County contracts with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA (PHS), a private nonprofit organization, to enforce all animal control laws, shelter homeless animals and provide a variety of other services.

Services include:

  • Rescue injured animals
  • Capture of at-large or stray animals
  • Investigate animal bites and attacks
  • Removal of dead animals from public property
  • Removal of dead or living wildlife from private property ONLY if such wildlife has direct contract with humans and/or animals that involves a bite or attack
  • Enforce leash laws and local ordinances (please report barking dog noise complaints to the police)
  • Euthanasia of severely injured animals
  • Investigate reports of animal cruelty

Contact us

Animal Rescue and Control

Provided via countywide contract with the
Peninsula Humane Society



Coyote Point Shelter

Lost/found, intakes, spay/neuter

12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94404



Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion

Administration, adoptions, education, wildlife

1450 Rollins Road
Burlingame, CA 94010