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Recent SF SPCA Press Releases

San Francisco SPCA Welcomes Barbara Schmitz, JD, as Advocacy Counsel

San Francisco SPCA and San Francisco Animal Care & Control Are Full and Waiving Dog Adoption Fees

Second Annual Fear Free Pet Behavior Symposium Hosted by the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s 35th Annual Holiday Windows

San Francisco SPCA Offers Howl-o-ween Tips to Keep Pets Safe

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SF SPCA in the News

Dog flu spreading in Southern California; ‘just a matter of time’ until it hits Bay Area
Roughly 800 confirmed and suspected cases are reported. Seven dogs have died so far. Canine flu is highly contagious and it’s often misdiagnosed.

Keeping dogs and cats calm while road tripping
Dr. Wailani Sung, director of behavior and welfare programs at the San Francisco SPCA, said that owners should make the carrier as comfortable as possible to entice the animal to climb inside and settle in without a fuss. Putting a bed or towel in the carrier, and possibly spraying that bedding with pheromone sprays designed to relax dogs or cats, can also help before a long trip.

SF Chronicle
As animal hospitals struggle with vet shortages, pet owners worry about access to care
Many animal hospitals have stopped accepting new patients as they make their way through a backlog of appointments with fewer employees. Even for existing patients, the wait for a standard wellness appointment can be weeks, and for a specialist, up to a couple of months.

LA Times
Caged dogs used to be sole source of canine blood supply in California. That’s about to change.
Under the new law, veterinarians in the state will be able to operate canine blood banks similar to the voluntary model used for people, which is anticipated to help increase the amount of lifesaving supplies needed to heal injured or ailing pets.

SF Gate
Flight delayed at SFO? The Wag Brigade is on the way.
Whereas petting most dogs working at airports is strictly forbidden, members of the Wag Brigade wear blue vests that urge “pet me!” SFO has 22 dogs on the squad, plus the world’s first-ever airport therapy pig.

SF SPCA and Macy’s Holiday Windows are back
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Holiday Windows,” SF SPCA president Dr. Jennifer Scarlett said in a statement. “This event truly embodies the holiday spirit and has helped more than 10,000 animals find loving homes.”

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