San Mateo County Animal Shelter

Find San Mateo County California animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


Afghan Hound Rescue of California PO Box 3508 Redwood CA 94064 650-678-9984


Belmont Animal Control 2719 Sequoia Way Belmont CA 94002 650-394-8902

Cavy Spirit 1043 Annapolis Drive San Mateo CA 94403 650-571-1722

Daly City Animal Control 52 Mateo Avenue Daly CA 94014 650-743-8170

Homeless Cat Network PO Box 6 San Carlos CA 94070 650-286-9013

Norcal Golden Retriever Rescue 405 El Camino Real Menlo Park CA 94025 650-615-6810

Pets In Need 873 Fifth Avenue Redwood CA 94063 650-367-1405

Redwood City Animal Shelter 520 Woodside Road Redwood CA 94061 888-538-9402

San Francisco Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. PO Box 7346 Menlo Park CA 94026 925-210-7466

San Mateo County Animal Control 225 37th Avenue San Mateo CA 94403 650-573-3940

About San Mateo County Animal Shelters

Animal Shelters in San Mateo County, CA are responsible for providing temporary care, housing and adoption services for unwanted, owner-relinquished, and lost pets including cats and dogs. Shelters provide a variety of services that promote the humane treatment of animals in San Mateo County.

Interested parties may contact Animal Shelters for questions about:
  • Lost dogs and cats in San Mateo County, California
  • Fostering dogs and cats
  • San Mateo County pet adoption fees
  • Spaying and neutering pets
  • California animal control and welfare
Finding Lost Cats & Dogs

If you have lost your pet cat or dog in or near San Mateo County, California then you should contact the San Mateo County Animal Shelter. Your missing pet may have been located and taken to the shelter. Even if your dog or cat has not been recovered by the shelter, you may be able to file a report so that if the shelter finds your pet they will be able to contact you for recovery. Pets available for adoption through the San Mateo County Animal Shelter may be held for a set period of time in order to give owners an opportunity to claim and retrieve their lost pets so it is best to contact the San Mateo County shelter directly regarding policies.

San Mateo County Cat & Dog Adoptions

Promoting the adoption of pet cats and dogs is a key component of the San Mateo County Shelter operations, however, the shelter may only take in either dogs or cats, so it is best to contact the shelter prior to visiting. The local animal shelter may offer educational programs on pet ownership, spay and neuter services, and preventive health services such as vaccinations in order to support its efforts to find permanent homes for lost pets. San Mateo County Animal Shelters may charge fees for adoption and other services so it is best to contact them directly regarding policies.

San Mateo County Animal Control

San Mateo County Animal Shelters may also be operated as part of the county or local government animal control agency. San Mateo County Animal Control Departments also undertake a range of activities related to animal control enforcement, including impounding stray animals, investigating animal cruelty, enforcing licensing laws, ensuring animal welfare, and rescuing trapped animals. Animals housed by animal control agencies are usually made available for adoption unless they are determined to be too aggressive, injured, or sick.