The year was 1985. I was roaming the halls as a senior at Serra High School just like the Brat Pack kids from The Breakfast Club. Ronnie was in the White House. Only one friend had a home computer, but everyone had shrink-to-fit 501 jeans. Wham!, Phil Collins and Huey Lewis were atop the music charts and the 49ers won their second of five Super Bowls. That year, my family had our first experience with PHS/SPCA. Our dog died and we brought her to the shelter. Like many Peninsula residents at the time, we knew of the shelter as that old place out at Coyote Point. You went there to spring your dog from the pound, to have a pet “disposed of” or put to sleep. I didn’t know anyone who adopted; we got our pets from friends whose dogs and cats had litters. Today, more and more people are aware of our full range of services, including spay/neuter surgeries at a fraction of the cost of what someone would pay at a private vet clinic. We also offer low-cost vaccinations, a free animal behavior helpline, low-cost obedience classes, animal abuse investigations, free sheltering for pets belonging to domestic abuse victims and Red Cross clients and educator docent visit to our county’s schools. And, our adoption fees aren’t much more today than they were in 1985 (yet, include more bonuses, like microchips). Over a three-day weekend last month, we placed more than 60 pets into new homes. 1985 wasn’t so bad; I’ll take Huey Lewis and a 49ers title (you can keep Wham!). But, today, our community’s animals and the people who care for and about them can answer “nobody!” to Niners’ Coach Jim Harbaugh’s rally cry of “Who’s got it better than us?” If you aren’t familiar with what we have for you and your pets, spend a few minutes on our website’s Programs and Services area.
Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.