Officials with the Peninsula Humane Society and San Francisco-based Pets Unlimited are considering ways to work more closely together which might one day include a merger to better serve animals and the people who care for them, said Scott Delucchi, spokesman for PHS.
For now, however, the two groups are looking at ways to simply save money by joining forces to procure veterinary or other supplies, Delucchi said.
Moving forward, he suspects more nonprofits will seek out partnerships with other like-minded groups as a way to keep their services sustainable.
Many of the board members with both groups are acquainted with each other, Delucchi said, and there has been much discussion on how PHS and Pets Unlimited can better work together.
Merger talks, however, are in the earliest stages of discussion, he said.
Pets Unlimited has a large veterinary clinic that serves San Francisco residents while the clinic at PHS is much smaller, he said.
PHS already works with San Francisco Animal Care and Control to provide a mobile spay and neuter clinic in the city a few times a month after a major donor requested it, Delucchi said.
PHS is also in talks with officials at the Monterey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to develop public service announcements that will serve both agencies while also saving on cost, he said.
In San Francisco, Pets Unlimited is known for its charitable work by providing free veterinary care for animals belonging to the homeless and provides annual examinations and vaccinations to the companion animals of Pets Are Wonderful Support clients.
PAWS is a volunteer-driven group that provides comprehensive care of companion animals for low-income seniors and people with HIV, AIDS or other disabling illnesses.
“They do lots of charitable work. It’s what we like about them,” Delucchi said about Pets Unlimited.