Dr. Jena Valdez serves as Chief Medical Officer at the San Francisco SPCA, where she oversees our most innovative and impactful programs designed to deliver affordable, non-judgmental veterinary care. In pioneering the launch of the Community Veterinary Clinic, our new preventative health clinic located in a veterinary resource desert within the city, she continues to advocate for all animals and pet owners to provide them with high-quality care within financial reach.
A graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Valdez has extensive experience in private practice, sheltering, and High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter.
Beyond her work in California, she’s also a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for improving access to veterinary care — volunteering thousands of hours with numerous groups including Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) to help meet the veterinary needs of underserved communities throughout the United States, including the Dakotas, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Minnesota, Arizona, Texas, and Hawaii.
She shares her home in San Francisco with her husband, their ball-obsessed Dachshund mix, and a regal brown tabby.
Dr. Valdez shares her home with her husband, Ethan, canine companion Oscar, and two cats, Simon and Mietze.
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.