Leslie Baker is Executive Director of the Baker Family Charitable Trust (BFCT). A former marketer, project manager and event planner, Leslie shifted gears away from the corporate sphere to focus her skills and energy full-time on philanthropy and giving back to the Bay Area and Sonoma communities. BFCT supports nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area as well as animal welfare groups in Missouri, Colorado and Chicago. She and her husband also own and manage Baker Vineyards LLC which grows and sells organically farmed Rhone varietal grapes and olives in the Sonoma Valley AVA.
A lifelong animal lover, Leslie grew up in central Missouri and lived in Chicago, Germany and Los Angeles before declaring the Bay Area home. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University and is a certified California Wine Appellation Specialist. Leslie, her husband, daughter and two cats—Sophie and Bella—split their time between Noe Valley in San Francisco and Sonoma.
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.