The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides animal care for abandoned and homeless animals. An open door agency, PHS welcomes and cares for all animals in its service area regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria. The Society is responsible for animal control and welfare for seven area cities that include La Canada Flintridge, San Marino, Sierra Madre and Arcadia, Glendale, Pasadena and South Pasadena. We also license dogs for the cities of La Cañada Flintridge, Sierra Madre and Arcadia.

With over 70 employees, the organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and quality of life for all animals, domestic, exotic, wild or livestock. To accomplish this goal, the Society advocates and enforces the humane treatment of animals and fosters a public awareness of humane care through education and example.



The city of Pasadena declared the original 1930’s building an historical landmark. The physical facility, remodeled in the early 1990’s, successfully incorporates the original design with modern necessities. Now the campus includes beautiful park-like grounds, climate-controlled kennels, advanced air filtration systems and a modern surgical arena where a full-time and part-time veterinarian provide medical care and spay/neuter services for the animals. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has worked hard to maintain its reputation as one of the nation’s best animal care facilities.

Our programs include:

  • Shelter — We provide food, shelter and medical care to thousands of domestic and wild animals each year. In 2011, we took in 11,929 animals from our service cities.

  • Adoption — Our adoption counselors help homeless animals find caring homes after carefully ensuring owner responsibility.

  • Lost & Found — We reunite lost pets with their owners. We check each animal that comes through our gates for visible and hidden identification (such as microchips) and notify the owners. We also sell identification tags in our pet store at a very reasonable cost. Our website is updated twice daily with all of the photos of newly arrived animals so that people can easily check for their lost pets.

  • Humane Education — Through the Educational Outreach Program, school children and other members of our community learn proper pet care and the appreciation and humane treatment of animals. The Vice President of Educational Outreach directs workshops and symposiums throughout the country on the humane care of animals.

  • Spay/Neuter Program — To control pet over population, our shelter sterilizes all animals adopted from the shelter before they go to their new home. The cost of the surgery is included in our adoption fees. We have a low cost spay/neuter clinic for financially burdened families who wish to sterilize their current pets.

  • Cruelty Investigations — To help protect those who cannot always protect themselves, our Humane Officers actively investigate cases of animal abuse, neglect and cruelty.

  • Animal Control — Our Humane and Animal Control Officers respond to calls regarding stray, injured and dead animals.

  • Wildlife — Our Wildlife Officer is available to pick-up and relocate or rehabilitate local area wildlife. She will also answer any question that arises and offer solutions to problems that may develop when living with urban wildlife.

  • Pet Supplies — In our store, we sell quality pet food, toys, and accessories. All proceeds from the store help fund shelter operations.

  • Companion Animal Program — Because we believe that days are brighter and we are healthier when animals are around, our volunteers take pets to visit patients in hospitals, convalescent homes and special care facilities.

  • Volunteer Program — PHS provides unique volunteer opportunities for members of the community. Their work helps reinforce humane treatment of all animals.

  • Dog Boarding — Dog owners may board their pets in a special part of the shelter for a small fee.

  • Dog Training Classes — The Behavior Department offers training classes on site for dogs over 6 months.

  • Animal Behavior Consultation — To keep pets in their homes, PHS wants to help solve any behavior issues that arise. Our Behavior Department trainers are available for consultations.

The work of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is deeply embedded in public safety concerns and the future growth of our community. Please come visit us at any time. Who knows? You may find a new member of your family.