San Francisco SPCA

One of the most common questions we receive here at Fun Paw Care over our decades in dog training, behavior and trumpeting animal welfare organizations is, which organizations we support or would donate too. Which is why we began this monthly series highlighting wonderful dog training and animal welfare organizations. This month, we are featuring another amazing company that is close to our hearts: San Francisco SPCA!

San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA) is the fourth oldest animal welfare organization in the United States, specializing in the rescue, care and ultimate adoption of dogs, cats and small animals across the city. Solely funded by donations from generous individuals and private organizations nationwide, the San Francisco SPCA has been saving and finding loving homes for animals since the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Their Vision

In 2012, the San Francisco SPCA has established the Vision 2020 initiative. Its mission is to put an end to pet abandonment across the city by the year of 2020. The main issues they are actively addressing are overpopulation, lack of veterinary care, and behavioral problems – the most common reasons why many animals end up in shelters.1 The end goal is for San Francisco to become the first city in the United States to end animal homelessness by targeting three important areas: Prevention, rescue, and education. The team at SF SPCA strongly believes that every animal deserves to find a perfect “forever home,” and they are confident in their ability to achieve that goal!

As part of Vision 2020, the SF SPCA has created an array of programs that encompass everything relating to proper pet care, and each program supports at least one of the three principles of the initiative. These programs include veterinary services at the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital, the Community Cat Program for feral cats, pet loss support, and most important, training and behavior modification programs for cats and dogs. In addition, the team offers their expert advice through consultations regarding pet health and wellness, training and behavior, pet parenting for renters, disaster preparation, and much more. Not only that, but the SF SPCA website itself is a great resource for pet care information and tools.

SPCA Events

Almost every single day, the San Francisco SPCA hosts one or more exciting events or seminars, where current and future pet parents alike – no matter how old you are! – can learn all about proper pet care and actually have the opportunity to adopt your new furry best friend.

The following is just a small sample of upcoming events and seminars:

Come out and support SF SPCA’s worthy cause!

San Francisco SPCA History

The history of the San Francisco SPCA is as impressive and astounding as its subsequent work leading up to today. In the spring of 1968, a banker by the name of James Sloan Hutchinson rescued a severely frightened hog from two men who were dragging it through the cobblestoned streets of San Francisco. Saving one defenseless animal from unprovoked abuse inspired Mr. Hutchinson to create an organization whose primary goal is to save other animals from similar fates. With the help of 15 other individuals, the San Francisco SPCA was born. Like Fun Paw Care, the SF SPCA organization is built on education, force-free training, ethics and professionalism, which is why they have our utmost respect!

To learn more about the San Francisco SPCA, please do not hesitate to visit their website. If you would like to help them in their monumental efforts to save abused or abandoned animals, you can look through the Adoptions page and perhaps find a new addition to your family. If this is your first time adopting a pet, have no fear! The Adoptions section will help you get started.

If you would like to donate, volunteer and/or become an animal welfare activist with the SF SPCA, their website has an extensive Get Involved section filled with lots of great ways for you to participate.

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  1. Miller DM, Stats SR, Partlo BS, et al. Factors associated with the decision to surrender a pet to an animal shelter. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1996;209:738- 742