Resources for Dog and Cat Owners in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto is a great place to have a pet. Many of our neighbors have dogs, cats, and one neighbor even has a zebra! Every day I see people walking their dogs on the Bay Trail, and there are thriving small businesses in our community walking dogs, boarding pets, and grooming animals.  One notable function East Palo Alto Neighbors has served since I started it is reuniting lost pets with owners - something like 300 lost dogs have been reunited with their owners on EPA Neighbors since I started the page in 2017.

There are many resources available for pet owners in East Palo Alto. I've listed a few that below.

Our local animal control is the Peninsula Humane Society, located in San Mateo. If you lose a dog or cat, this is the place to check. They also have a spay & neuter clinic, and also do low cost vaccines and chipping. All pets should be fixed, chipped, and vaccinated!

Coyote Point Shelter

Lost/Found & Intake • Spay/Neuter • Animal Control
12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401
650-340-7022 phone | 650-348-7891 fax
Mon-Fri: 11 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 11 am-6 pm

Home - Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Private, independent, not-for-profit, open-door animal shelter. Find out about pet adoptions, animal rescue & control, wildlife, behavior classes and more.

Please visit our Coyote Point Shelter location at 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo to:

  • Look for lost pets
  • Surrender unwanted or stray animals
  • Visit our Spay/Neuter Clinic and vaccination clinics
  • Drop off donations
  • Purchase a San Mateo County license or microchip

If you own a pet, please get them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and chipped. A chip is indispensible if you lose the pet - animal control will contact you immediately upon finding your pet, and you will avoid hundreds of dollars in fees.

Pets in Need, located on East Bayshore off of Embaracadero, is another good resource for vaccine clinics. If you lose a pet, it is good to check here as well as with Animal Control in San Mateo County - sometimes pets are turned in here.

Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic — Pets In Need
Spay and Neuter Clinic


Dog and cat vaccines are available at low-cost at our weekly vaccine clinic. No appointment needed—walk-ins are welcome.

Every Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pets In Need Palo Alto
3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

What should I do if I lose a pet?

  1. Visit local shelters in-person and see if they have your pet.  San Mateo is the best place to start, as animal control will drop the pet there. They post some - not all - of the lost pets here:
Lost a domestic animal - Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

2. Check Pets in Need in Palo Alto

Contact Us — Pets In Need
Contact Us

3. Post photos of your lost pet on social media:

East Palo Alto Neighbors | Facebook
This group is about discussions on all things in East Palo Alto, with a focus on making our city a better community. We welcomes a free exchange of ideas in the posts and comments. We encourage...

East Palo Alto Dog Owners | Facebook
Facebook group for dog owners in EPA.

East Palo Alto Dog Walking Etiquette

  1. All dogs are required to be on leash when walking.   Walking your dog off leash is not a good idea. Loose dogs can terrify people walking and biking, and can not be controlled in interactions with other dogs. It is tremendously irresponsible to walk your pet off-leash.
  2. Clean up after your pet. Public Works recently installed poop bag stations on the Bay Trail. Please clean up after your dog - nobody wants to see your dog's poop!

Nearby Veterinary Private Clinics

Dr Shannon Nash is a mobile vet and will come to your home in East Palo Alto to treat your pet. 408-549-4130 or

Mobile Veterinarian | Integrative Home Veterinary Services, PC
Our goal at Integrative Home Veterinary Services, PC is to provide you and your pets with the best veterinary experience possible. Right from the comfort of your own home!

Sequoia Veterinary Hospital is in San Carlos and provides full-service care for animals. is their website and they can be reached at (650) 369-7326.

Sage Veterinary Centers in Redwood City is highly recommended if your pet needs complicated treatment. I took my dog (Thiago, the cover photo!) to Sage after he inhaled a foxtail that came out his chest cavity. He had major surgery with an MRI  but  he recovered  100%.

HOURS: Open 24 Hours

PHONE: 650-417-7243

EMAIL: Click to Send Email

ADDRESS: 934 Charter St, Redwood City, CA 94063

SAGE Veterinary Centers | Bay Area Emergency & Veterinary Specialists
Bay Area Emergency Vet & Veterinary Specialists - Visit one of our 4 Bay Area emergency vet hospitals in Cambell, Concord, Dublin, or Redwood City.

Many of my friends recommend Adobe Veterinary in Los Altos.

4470 El Camino Real
Los Altos, California 94022
Fax: 650-948-1465

Should your pet need to be put down, there are in-home options. We used this service when our dog needed to be put to sleep after a long bout with cancer. It was immeasurably better to have him euthanized on our back porch in the sunshine than in a clinic.

In-Home Pet Euthanasia and Palliative Care - Peaceful Pathways
Peaceful Pathways is a mobile service devoted to ensuring your pet’s final chapter is written to include as much comfort and dignity as possible.
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