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 non-profit 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 complaints to your local police)
  • Euthanasia of severely injured animals
  • Investigate reports of animal cruelty
Animal Rescue and Control Truck