Partners in Animal Care & Compassion

We are a group of former Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) volunteers and animal rescue advocates who have over 40 years combined experience in animal welfare.


Having worked extensively with the animals coming into San Mateo County's Coyote Point shelter, we have witnessed first hand the shortcomings of an outdated animal warehousing model. 

While PACC Board Members successfully encouraged the county to open the San Mateo County Animal Care & Control Contract for bid in preparation for the current contract ending in 2020 - County staff  and the County Board of Supervisors have since reneged on that commitment - extending the contract with PHS into a 69th year with no competition!

Photos courtesy of Dogs Playing for Life

Our Goal

As we approach the 2021 county contract renewal, PHS must update its current practices or risk replacement by a more progressive entity. We are encouraging entities to apply that will:

  • Commit to ensuring that every option will be explored prior to euthanasia, unless an animal is overtly aggressive and/or irremediably suffering

  • Adopt modern practices such as getting every dog out of the kennel every day, implementing a neo-natal kitten care program and exploring options for a robust community cat trap/neuter/return program, all of which have become common practice among shelters and dramatically decrease the number of animals euthanized

  • Ensure executive salaries are not exorbitant at the expense of equally critical staff at all levels of the organization

  • Have a process in place to ensure that staff, volunteers, rescue groups and community members can raise animal welfare concerns absent retribution


Together let’s transform the Coyote Point shelter into a happy, playful, community-oriented refuge where the daily behavioral and emotional needs of our animals are compassionately attended to and euthanasia is the last, not the first or most convenient, resort.




The PACC Board of Directors

The 5 Freedoms

We believe every shelter animal deserves the basic rights outlined below. Given they cannot speak for themselves, we must be their voice. The origin of the original 5 Freedoms can be found here. We have seen reference to and agree there should be a 6th as outlined below:


  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor

  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area

  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment

  4. Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind

  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering

  6. Freedom from premature end of life for animals who are not overtly aggressive or irremediably suffering

© 2019 by Partners in Animal Care & Compassion

PACC is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 82-5376126

Half Moon Bay, CA