The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in our community. PHS takes in nearly 12,000 animals each year from the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. With over 100 employees, we are dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassionate care for all animals—domestic, exotic, wild or livestock.

Mission Statement

Compassion and care for all animals.

Our Vision

Companion animals reside in loving homes. Communities respectfully coexist with wildlife.

PHS History

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA was founded in 1903 by a local Methodist group.  In the early years, PHS worked to ensure the humane treatment of draft animals, as well as rescuing and rehoming orphaned and abused children. Companion animals gradually replaced working animals as PHS’ main focus, as working horses were retired in favor of modern machines.

The Pasadena Humane Society has continually expanded and improved its services to meet the needs of the community. Today’s animal shelter was designed in the mid-90s and included an increased number of dog kennels in a park-like setting, a spay/neuter clinic, and a dedicated space for humane outreach activities.

In recent years, PHS has grown exponentially. The Animal Care Center opened in 2014 with a low-cost public spay/neuter clinic, behavior and training center, updated dog boarding kennels and expanded Shelter Shop. In 2015, the Neely Cat Center and Critter House opened, providing cats, rabbits and other critters an inviting, dedicated space of their own.

Open Door Shelter

An open door agency, PHS accepts all animals from our service area, regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria. Our open admission policy is necessary to provide shelter and care for the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no place to go.

Upon arrival, all animals in our care receive a medical and behavioral evaluation. Most animals can be placed for adoption, but animals with untreatable health or behavior issues may be humanely euthanized.

Pet overpopulation is a real problem. We do not believe euthanasia is the solution. However, at times, we do not have enough available kennel space to care for all the animals that come through our doors. After exhausting all possible alternatives, we may need to make the difficult decision to euthanize otherwise adoptable animals to make space for incoming pets.

In 2015, 99.9% of adoptable cats and 99.4% of adoptable dogs were adopted or placed with our rescue partners.


PHS is a local, private, non-profit organization that serves the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. All funds you contribute to PHS stay locally. We are not affiliated with or funded by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or any other national organization.

Donor Privacy Statement

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) will always work to protect the privacy of our donors. We hold all donor information in strict confidence and will not sell or exchange any donor information to any other organization. We will only use your information to contact you regarding your donation, to update you on our progress, and inform you of any upcoming PHS related events or fundraising campaigns. Please let us know at any time if you would like to receive fewer communications from us or no further communications and we will honor your request.