On this page, we feature special cats and dogs currently waiting at our shelter for the right adopters. Every so often at our adoption center, we take in an adoptable animal with special needs. Maybe there's a pet too energetic for the average household, a dog who requires a special diet, or an FIV+ cat who needs to be placed in a home with either no other cats or another FIV+cat.
These pets might ask of their companions more care, time or energy and in return, they will offer more love, gratitude and satisfaction to their dedicated guardians. Take a look at our current featured animals and better yet, stop by our adoption center and offer them a visit.
Description: Buddy dreams of a home with guardians who take him for walks in the glowing morning sun. Then it’s off to the park, where he can take in the smell of freshly-cut grass. Buddy would love to play fetch, especially if there’s more than one tennis ball. He is a sweet and friendly lab that loves everyone he meets, including children. He would do best as the only dog in the home; Buddy wants all the family love to himself!
Description: Lady Wigglesworth is looking for the purr-fect home to call her own! This little lady hides a heart of gold underneath a big strong exterior! A true snuggle-bug, Lady Wigglesworth cherishes the safety of a warm lap. A bit more reserved than others, she wants to meet you a few times before climbing up and getting cozy. Lady Wigglesworth is smarter than most cats, communicating with you through her tail. She loves a window with a view so she can analyze and meditate in peace. Give her your love, and Lady Wigglesworth is sure to be a loyal family member!
Description: Some dogs welcome new experiences and new people. They look forward to any opportunity to socialize. They're often the first to introduce themselves and they jump into a stranger’s lap easily. Being friendly and outgoing is natural, energizing, and fun. It doesn't take much effort at all. Other dogs are more like our sweet little Raven. She prefers to warm up slowly to new people or situations. Some people may mistakenly think that Raven is standoffish. But it just takes time to get to know her. Raven's closest friends know she is a spunky, cuddly dog who likes tiny pieces of chicken. Many dogs with a shy personality are especially caring toward the people they know, and interested in how they feel. People often consider them the finest canine companions. If you are patient, caring person with a quiet home, Raven may be the match for you.
Description: Meet Nora and Roma, two cats with hearts of gold. They lost their home and they are looking for that special someone to spend their lives with. Nora and Roma would be a great source for warmth and cuddles on a cold day. Roma is laid back and quite the lovebug. Nora loves to get down with some heavy petting but she tires of it quickly so be sure to give her breaks and watch her subtle body language. Her tail will swish and when it does....stop petting. Spend your nights curled up with these two beautiful felines and adopt them today! A great pair of cats for an experienced adopter with a sense of humor.
Description: Shorty seems to have drawn the short straw for the moment, but spend some time with him and you'll soon discover just how long he is on love. This poor guy was recently returned to us after 7 years in a loving home because of a family member's allergies. He is just a bit confused right now, as you might imagine, but he is still sweet as pie. With a little TLC, we imagine he'll be wagging his little nub in no time.
Description: Pretty tortie Dolly Dimples lost the only home she knew since kittenhood and is very sad and confused to be in the shelter environment. She has begun to gradually adjust, and enjoys soft talk and gentle pets under her chin and on her cheeks. She will need a patient adopter who will give her time to acclimate to a new home, where we feel confident she will once again blossom into a sweet and more confident kitty. She can be nervous about hands approaching too quickly and would do best in a patient, adults-only home with patient and experienced adopters. Please consider giving this darling girl a second chance in life.
Description: Though a long way from the music city, our boy Nashville could sing a country song or two. After all, it ain't easy being a homeless pup, don't you know. But he chooses to look on the bright side and keep his tune positive. He loves to run and play, and with smarts like his, training is not only fun, but necessary to keep that brain occupied. He's such a leggy fellow who weighs in at just over 60 pounds, we'd like him to go to a home with no toddlers. Older, respectful children should be just fine. If you've got a hankerin' for a down-home doggie to fill a hole in yer heart, shuffle on over and meet Nashville.
Description: Camellia is a quiet cat who’s just waiting to be loved. She can be a little shy before she gets to know you, but being hard to get is all part of her game, as once you win her heart, it’s yours forever. Camellia has lived with other cats here at the SF SPCA so it is likely she will get along with another cat in her new home if her new guardians can provide a slow introduction.
Description: Tasha's former owner moved away to another state and left Tasha off at the pound. She is understandably a little stressed and upset having recently lost the home and family she had since being a little puppy. We want to find Tasha a great forever home and adopter that will give her a nice, fun life. Tasha will enjoy daily walks and exercise, some training, lots of affection and maybe a chance to socialize with other big dogs on occasion. She will also need regular grooming and brushing. Tahsa weighs about 55 pounds.
Description: Argentina is the sweetest, little wisp of a cat you will ever meet! She loves to receive affection but she can be shy when it comes to unfamiliar people and new situations. If you’re a shy person, you know there’s nothing wrong with that. Argentina will do best in a quiet home with guardians who know how to “speak cat” and nurture the playful, joyous side of her purrsonality. Argentina will have an everlasting friendship with anyone willing to spend quality play time with her every day. If your family loves quiet times and togetherness then you might be the perfect match for sweet, petite Argentina!
Description: Meet Rosie! Every day she devotes herself to making us all smile, and she’s very good at it! She is as sweet as pie, and very gentle. Rosie is a glass half-full kind of girl and doesn’t sweat the small stuff. This special girl is looking forward to her adoption, and can’t wait to get endless attention, and daily exercise. She currently weights about 60 pounds. Ask to meeet Rosie today!
Please call 415-522-3500 for more information about any of these wonderful companions. Can't adopt but want to help the animals? Sponsor their care here  as they wait to find a loving home.