The San Francisco SPCA was founded on the principal that a small group of people, working together and working strategically, could make a huge impact on the lives of animals. Over a century and a half, that has proven to be true. We are in the constant pursuit of how to make the work more effective and the changes long-lasting.
While we have a long history of profound achievements in supporting legislative changes to secure the rights of animals, our participation in the broader scope of companion animal advocacy has been marginal – until now. In fact, no organization in the country has focused on the rights and welfare of companion animals as a legislative priority.
The SF SPCA founded Shelter PALS and is defining a new discipline of animal law. It is an effort supported by distinguished legislative strategists and eminent litigators contributing their talents to defining and defending the rights of animals in California.
The impacts of working on a prioritized legal agenda can potentially far exceed the impact we can make through rescue and treatment alone.