The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassion and care for all animals. The animals in its care come from 11 animal control contract cities, as well as partner shelters across the Los Angeles area and beyond. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA also offers lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes.

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.

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.