The San Francisco SPCA has partnered with Bay Area and Central Valley shelters, thanks to a $117,000 grant from PetSmart Charities®

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (December 17, 2018) – The Central Valley Transfer Coalition is a new partnership between the San Francisco SPCA, Bay Area shelters, and several shelters in the Central Valley. As is the case in many rural areas, Central Valley shelters often struggle to provide care and find adopters for burgeoning animal populations. Meanwhile, in urban areas like the Bay Area, shelter staff travel far and wide to source adoptable dogs and cats. Responding to these twinned needs, the SF SPCA partnered with Bay Area and Central Valley shelters to form a transfer coalition. PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, provided a $117,000 grant for the first year of the alliance.

“This partnership is only possible thanks to the generosity of PetSmart Charities, and it has already saved more than 1,100 lives,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “More than just accepting transferred animals, this coalition allows us to share best practices and identify core needs and competencies.”

When four-month-old Benny came to the SF SPCA through the Central Valley Coalition, he was emaciated, had several puncture wounds and bruising consistent with being shaken. Still, his rescuers in the Central Valley said Benny came running toward them, tail wagging. Throughout his recovery at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital, Benny’s spirit never dampened and he became a staff and volunteer favorite. Benny is now happy, healthy, and doing great in his new home.

“Pet transport continues to be a trusted method of reducing pet homelessness, and a practice we are committed to supporting through grant funding,” said Dr. David Haworth, president of PetSmart Charities. “The collective work of this coalition continues to give homeless Central Valley pets a better chance to find loving homes in areas of great need, and a best practice example for animal welfare organizations.”

The SF SPCA set a goal of finding homes for 1,500 animals by the end of the program’s first year, which will be in March 2019. In addition to transferring animals to the Bay Area, the SF SPCA is also providing training to Central Valley staff in all areas of shelter management.

“The SF SPCA has a successful track record in the Central Valley,” explained Dr. Scarlett. “In 2018, we wrapped up a five-year partnership with Stockton Animal Services that saved 40,000 animals from euthanasia. Now that Stockton is positioned for success, we’re excited to take what we’ve learned and help other shelters in the Central Valley.”

 

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

For more information, call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year.  PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Media Contact:

24-Hour PetSmart Charities Media Line:  623-587-2177

Special street festival will celebrate the SF SPCA’s 150th anniversary

September 24, 2018 – Come celebrate the San Francisco SPCA’s 150th anniversary during their “Cuddle Me Festival”, a daylong event chock full of entertainment, activities, and opportunities to hang out with animals! The festival will be hosted on Rescue Row, the block on Alabama Street between 15th and 16th Streets, on Saturday, October 13, 10:00am – 3:00pm. All animals will be free to adopt that day!

In keeping with the “Cuddle Me” theme, adorable, adoptable animals will be available for snuggles inside the Purina Kitten Dome and the Puppy Lounge, and there will be rotating activities inside the Cuddle Me Cat Lounge.

“We’re celebrating 150 years of serving San Francisco’s animals and the people who love them,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “We have something for everyone at this festival. Come check out the entertainment, learn about our lifesaving work, and connect with your community. You might just meet your new best friend!”

Throughout the day guests can enjoy vegetarian food trucks, a beer garden, and live performances by Sonic Caravan, Junk Parlor, and Marky Enriquez aka Proof.

Legendary Heklina will be hosting a Doggie Drag Show costume contest! The fierce on-stage competition begins at noon, after a special 11:30am performance by Heklina. Enter your posh pooch for a chance at amazing prizes! After the competition, test you animal knowledge at Big Quiz Trivia, hosted inside the beer garden.

Stop by the Cuddle Me Cat Lounge throughout the day for special feline-themed activities:

Ready to get artsy? Paint a portrait of your favorite fur-iend during one of two special Paint Your Pet workshops. Advanced registration required before October 6. Want a more permanent memento? San Francisco’s most talented tattoo artists will be at the ready! Step into our tattoo parlor for some ink.

“Special events like this are more than just a fun day out, they also help our shelter animals get in front of potential adopters who might not otherwise visit the shelter,” explained Dr. Scarlett. “We’re waiving adoption fees for qualified adopters, and hoping to find loving homes for as many animals as possible!”

The event is free and open to the public. Learn more and RSVP at sfspca.org/cuddleme

 

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

For more information, call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.

Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Many thanks to our longtime supporter, Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Purina believes pets and people are better together, which is why they support events like the Cuddle Me Festival. But their support doesn’t start and stop with events; Purina supports the SF SPCA’s mission to put pets and the people who love them together every day. Purina generously donates all of the food and litter for the 5,000+ animals at the SF SPCA waiting for loving people like you to take them home. Meow, woof, thank you Purina!

Local nonprofit Animal Protection League will assume responsibility for the shelter on July 1, 2018

June 5, 2018 – Conditions at Stockton Animal Services (SAS) have improved dramatically during its five-year partnership with the San Francisco SPCA. In November 2012, the two shelters entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and the SF SPCA began temporarily assisting SAS. The intention was to improve shelter conditions, increase adoptions, and save as many lives as possible.

Thanks to the partnership, more than 40,000 animals have been saved! During the last five years, SAS’ Live Release Rate increased from 32 percent to 82 percent. Conditions at the shelter improved dramatically thanks to better cleaning and housing protocols, and the spread of disease declined significantly.

“We entered into this partnership to save animals and decrease suffering,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “The partnership has been wildly successful. SAS has undergone a compete transformation and we’ve seen improvements across the board. It’s also important to recognize what a vital role the Stockton community has played in the shelter’s recent success. Stockton residents have stepped up to adopt, volunteer, and donate.”

On July 1, 2018, Animal Protection League (APL) will assume responsibility for the shelter. APL is a local nonprofit in Stockton dedicated to supporting SAS. The Stockton City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Stockton government and APL on May 15, 2018.

“We want to take what we’ve learned in Stockton and help other shelters in need,” explained Dr. Scarlett. “We hope that our work with SAS can serve as a model for other partnerships across the nation.”

To learn more about the SF SPCA’s lifesaving work, visit sfspca.org

The SF SPCA is putting a new spin on a classic San Francisco tradition

May 2, 2018 – Celebrate Bay to Breakers weekend at the San Francisco SPCA’s Bay to BARKers event, May 18 – 20! This year is the SF SPCA’s 150th anniversary, so connecting the springtime cocktail party and adoptathon theme with Bay to Breakers, a beloved San Francisco tradition, was a natural fit. Adult animals (6+ months) will be FREE to adopt Saturday and Sunday, May 19 – 20, at our Mission Adoption Center.

“This year is milestone anniversary for the SF SPCA, and we’re inviting everyone to get involved,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “We want to celebrate the San Francisco community and everything that we’ve been able to accomplish together in the last 150 years. Bay to BARKers is an opportunity for San Franciscans to come together, enjoy a weekend of festivities, and help homeless animals get a second chance!”

Bay to BARKers kicks off Friday evening, May 18, with a cocktail party at the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus, 250 Florida Street, from 6pm – 9pm. Guests will enjoy open and top-shelf bars with animal-themed cocktails and Holy Craft beer; music by DJ Stevie Bumps; and delicious vegetarian food from Firetrail Pizza, Curry Up Now, and Bonito Poke. Bring your pet in costume and enter our live contest at 7:30pm! Prize packages will be awarded to the following categories: most original and most San Francisco!

The SF SPCA’s Companion Chronicles storytelling pod will be available for partygoers to share tales of their beloved pets, and guests can step into the Cuddle Experience to snuggle up with some of the SF SPCA’s cutest adoptables. Get 10 minutes of cuddle time for a $10 donation.

Bring home a party souvenir by printing a limited-edition Bay to BARKers Cocktail Pawty t-shirt, or join the Paint Your Pet portrait workshop. Pre-registration for the workshop is required.

RSVP is required for the cocktail party; unlock your ticket with a donation.

Special thanks to The Life of Riley Fund, which is generously underwriting free adoptions for all qualified adopters May 19 – 20. The Life of Riley Fund encourages people over 65 to easily adopt animals from the SF SPCA by underwriting adoption fees for seniors. Additionally, the fund will cover adopters’ first year of enrollment in the Sido program. Learn more at sfspca.org/sido

Learn more about the SF SPCA’s anniversary and upcoming special events at sfspca.org/150

The special bond between people and animals is the focus of the celebration, and the entire community is encouraged to get involved

April 16, 2018 – The San Francisco SPCA is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and it is inviting the entire community to get involved. Thanks to San Francisco’s unwavering support, the lives of millions of animals have been changed for the better since the organization was founded in 1868. From introducing the first horse ambulance in 1884 to founding the No-Kill movement in 1994, San Francisco has always been at the forefront of animal welfare. To celebrate this special year, the SF SPCA has planned a full calendar of special events, from cocktail parties to historical exhibits to cat movie nights.

The SF SPCA was founded on April 18, 1868, when San Francisco banker James Sloan Hutchinson caught sight of two men dragging a terrified hog along the rough cobblestone street. Appalled, Hutchinson stepped in to stop the cruelty and rescued the hog. The incident crystallized Hutchinson’s concern over widespread animal abuse, and he soon rallied 15 like-minded citizens to found the SF SPCA.

In honor of the 150th anniversary, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has proclaimed April 18, 2018, as SF SPCA Day in San Francisco! The proclamation will be announced during a special 150thAnniversary Gala Celebration at City Hall on April 18.

“The SF SPCA’s slogan for its anniversary celebrations is ‘the animal organization for people,’ which speaks to our 150-year connection with the community of San Francisco,” explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Not only are we celebrating 150 years of advocating for animals, but we’re also celebrating the bond between people and the animals in their lives.”

One way of celebrating that special bond is through the Companion Chronicles, the SF SPCA’s new storytelling project. Modeled on StoryCorps and other oral history projects, the Companion Chronicles captures people’s candid, unscripted memories, anecdotes, and revelations about the animals who have inspired them. New stories will be added daily and those with the most appeal will be featured on the site and in other third-party media. To learn more or submit a story, recording, photos, and videos, visit sfspca.org/stories or call (415) 360-0202.

Starting in mid-April the SF SPCA will launch a special anniversary advertising campaign, which is slated to run for 150 days. Advertisements celebrating the power of the human-animal bond will be on TV and placed throughout the city – on pole banners, MUNI transit shelters, bus sides, and more.

The SF SPCA’s special events calendar is jam-packed with activities and ways for the community to get involved during 2018. Here’s a preview of the upcoming spring events:

There are many more events planned for the rest of the year, and the SF SPCA wants to encourage the entire San Francisco community to get involved in the celebrations.

To view the full calendar of special events or learn more about the SF SPCA’s anniversary, visit sfspca.org/150

Local nonprofit Animal Protection League will assume responsibility for the shelter on July 1, 2018

April 12, 2018 – Conditions at Stockton Animal Services (SAS) have improved dramatically during its five-year partnership with the San Francisco SPCA. In November 2012, the two shelters entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and the SF SPCA began temporarily assisting SAS. The intention was to improve shelter conditions, increase adoptions, and save as many lives as possible.

Thanks to the partnership, more than 25,000 animals have been saved! During the last five years, SAS’ Live Release Rate increased from 32 percent to 82 percent. Conditions at the shelter improved dramatically thanks to better cleaning and housing protocols, and the spread of disease declined significantly.

“We entered into this partnership to save animals and decrease suffering,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “The partnership has been wildly successful. SAS has undergone a compete transformation and we’ve seen improvements across the board. It’s also important to recognize what a vital role the Stockton community has played in the shelter’s recent success. Stockton residents have stepped up to adopt, volunteer, and donate.”

On July 1, 2018, Animal Protection League (APL) will assume responsibility for the shelter. APL is a local nonprofit in Stockton dedicated to supporting SAS. The Stockton government and APL are currently working on a Memorandum of Understanding.

“We want to take what we’ve learned in Stockton and help other shelters in need,” explained Dr. Scarlett. “We hope that our work with SAS can serve as a model for other partnerships across the nation.”

To learn more about the SF SPCA’s lifesaving work, visit sfspca.org

The storytelling project will capture and celebrate the human-animal bond

March 26, 2018 – The San Francisco SPCA is launching a new project, The Companion Chronicles, to collect stories about people and their pets – where they found each other, how they fell in love, and what makes their relationship special. Through written stories, photography, and video/audio recordings, The Companion Chronicles will capture people’s candid, unscripted memories, anecdotes, and revelations about the animals who have inspired them. The Companion Chronicles is modeled, in spirit and in practice, on StoryCorps and other oral history projects.

“For many people, the relationship they have with their pet has changed their life,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “It’s our hope that this story archive project will serve as a collective tribute to the non-humans that have such a lasting impact on us. Our goal is to capture and share the timeless and special nature of the human-animal relationship.”

Storytellers can submit their tale online at sfspca.org/stories or record it via phone or text at 415-360-0202 and submit up to three photos and videos. To spread the word, advertisements throughout San Francisco will encourage pet lovers to share their stories. Keep an eye out starting in late March.

The Companion Chronicles launched on Friday, March 23, at the Macy’s Union Square Flower Show. A specially designed Companion Chronicles story pod provides visitors with a private area to record their stories on their mobile phone. The booth will remain at the flower show through Sunday, April 8; afterward, it will be at SF SPCA special events.

The stories with the most appeal will be featured online and in third-party media.

The campaign creative was provided by Most Likely To, and the Companion Chronicles voice and text line is powered by Twilio. Their work on this project has been immensely helpful.

Highlights include the Opening Night Extravaganza, Cuddle Experience, Cat Café, Yappy Hours, Paint Your Pet, and a ‘Cone of Shame’ Art Gallery

January 25, 2018 – The San Francisco SPCA, in partnership with Embarcadero Center, is once again launching a pop-up during the month of February. This year’s pop-up will be significantly larger than last year’s and will host several special events. Visitors are invited to stop by the space in One Embarcadero Center on weekdays, February 2 – 28, 11 am – 7 pm (closed Presidents’ Day).

The festivities kick off on Thursday, February 1, with a grand opening party from 5 pm – 9 pm in celebration of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Dog (and cats too)! Enjoy beer, wine, and bites while being entertained by artists, acrobats, musicians, and a mentalist. The party is free, but RSVP is required: https://sfspcamorethanaconeparty.eventbrite.com

The Opening Night Extravaganza is hosted by the SF SPCA and More Than a Cone. The organizations are partnering to draw attention to animal adoption, recovery, and wellness with a special Cone of Shame Art Gallery and silent auction featuring original works by Todd Oldham, Richard J. Oliver, Camilla d’Errico, JAW Cooper, CRAWW, and many more, plus Larger Than Life murals by Lauren YS, THE OBANOTH, and members of the SEVENTH LETTER. Watch as noted artist Colt Bowden finishes an SF SPCA 150th Anniversary mural live. If you miss the party, stop by anytime during February to view the art.

In addition to the Opening Night Extravaganza, several fun events and activities have been planned:

YAPPY HOURS

Every Thursday the pop-up will host a Yappy Hour from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Stop by after work for wine and cuddles! Join us on Thursday, February 15, for a special Year of the Dog themed Yappy Hour.

CAT CAFÉ

Grab a cup of coffee and meet some special cats from FieldHaven Feline Center, one of the SF SPCA’s rescue partners. Open weekdays 11 am – 7 pm.

CUDDLE EXPERIENCE

Snuggle up with adorable puppies! A $10 donation will get you 10 minutes of cuddle time. Signups are first to come, first served whenever the Pop-Up is open. Interested in a private Cuddle Experience? Visit sfspca.org/popup

PAINT YOUR VALENTINE

Enjoy bubbly and bites while painting an 11 x 14 canvas of your pet! February 13, 5pm – 7pm. Tickets required: paintthetown.us/payments/paint-your-valentine

Boston Properties, owners of Embarcadero Center, is thrilled to be working with the SF SPCA whose vision is to end animal abandonment. “The SF SPCA is a wonderful organization that contributes to the overall well-being of our community” commented Steve Colvin, Senior Vice President, Boston Properties. “We are proud to host the Pop-Up Adoption Center at Embarcadero Center. Our high traffic location is ideal for reaching people who want to adopt an animal and provide them with a loving home.”

“Last year’s inaugural pop-up was a huge success,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “We’re grateful that Boston Properties has given us the opportunity to significantly expand this year. We hope this year’s pop-up helps even more rescue animals find the loving homes they deserve.”

If you can’t make it to the pop-up, watch all of the fun on the SF SPCA’s live stream broadcasts: sfspca.org/popup

The SF SPCA won’t be completing adoptions at the pop-up, but visitors can place a hold on an animal for $50 and then visit the Mission Campus Adoption Center to complete the adoption.

For details, visit sfspca.org/popup

Sponsored by Boston Properties, More Than a Cone, KSH Architects, and Marsh & McLennan Agency.

Special thanks to Kara’s Cupcakes, TAP Plastics, Britex Fabrics, and Greenbar.

 

About the SF SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

For more information, call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.

About More Than a Cone

More Than a Cone, a registered 501c3 nonprofit, is dedicated to raising awareness about adoption, wellness, and recovery by changing attitudes about the ‘cone of shame’. For the last 3 years, More Than a Cone has partnered with artists to reimagine the cone, transforming the imagery of animals at the mercy of society into a promise that we can do better.

Find More Than a Cone on social media (@morethanacone) or visit morethanacone.com

About Marsh & McLennan Agency

Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) is one of the nation’s leading insurance brokerages, offering a comprehensive line of risk management and employee benefits solutions. The firm specializes in commercial property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, retirement and wealth management, compensation consulting, executive liability, personal lines, and surety. MMA is a subsidiary of Marsh Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker, and risk advisor. MMA’s Western Region is headquartered in San Diego and has offices in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Anchorage, Alaska. For more information, visit www.mma-west.com

Animal protection groups celebrate Governor Brown’s signing of landmark bill protecting pets and consumers

Sacramento, CA – Local and national animal welfare organizations today commend CA Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law legislation that will prevent the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state of California. The law also encourages partnerships that promote the adoption of homeless pets.

Authored by Assembly member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Assembly Bill 485 protects animals and consumers, and sets an important precedent for the rest of nation. The bill passed the CA legislature Sept. 14. To date, 36 jurisdictions in California – including the cities of Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco – have enacted similar ordinances, and the signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the nation to enact a statewide prohibition on pet store sales of dogs from puppy mills.

“This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “We’re proud to be part of the coalition that worked alongside Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell to pass this critical animal protection bill, and thank the California legislature and Governor Brown for sending the clear message that industries supporting animal cruelty will not be tolerated in our society.”

“By signing this groundbreaking bill, California has set an important, humane precedent for other states to follow,” said Gregory Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “We commend Governor Brown’s signing of this lifesaving legislation to codify statewide what cities across California have already done to help put an end to the cruelty of pet mills.”

“Californians recognize that pet stores enable the work of puppy mills, which cause suffering for dogs and heartbreak for consumers,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Governor Brown for putting his stamp of approval on a state policy to dry up funding for this inhumane industry.”

“This is a significant milestone in easing the overcrowding of homeless animals in California shelters, relieving county budgets and stopping the abusive puppy mill industry,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society. “We commend Governor Brown for signing AB 485 so California can continue to lead the country in the protection of animals and helping end the cruelty of commercial puppy mills once and for all.”

“This legislation is a big step forward for animals in California,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, President of the SF SPCA. “By signing AB 485, Governor Brown has helped stop pet mill cruelty and save the lives of rescue animals in San Francisco and across our state. We want to extend our sincere thanks to Governor Brown for his leadership on this issue.”

California joins more than 230 cities, towns and counties across the U.S. that have passed pet store ordinances to take a stand against allowing cruelly-bred animals to be sold in their communities. Despite enticing claims that they only source from licensed, humane or small-scale breeders, pet stores across the country are invariably supplying unsuspecting consumers with animals from puppy and kitten “mills.” These “mill” facilities are designed to maximize profits at to the expense of the animals in their possession. Those animals are generally kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. Animals bred in these conditions may suffer severe health problems, including contagious and deadly diseases and congenital defects, as well as behavioral problems. AB 485 will help break the supply chain so that “mill” operations are unable to profit from their abusive practices.

This groundbreaking legislation has the enthusiastic support of a coalition of local and national animal welfare groups including the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, San Diego Humane Society and San Francisco SPCA.

 

Media Contacts:

Best Friends Animal Society: Temma Martin; temmam@bestfriends.org; 801-953-8876

ASPCA: Maureen Linehan; maureen.linehan@aspca.org; 646-706-4602

The Humane Society of the U.S.: John Goodwin; jgoodwin@humanesociety.org; 301-653- 2542

San Diego Humane Society: Elizabeth Pecsi-Guerrero; epecsi@sdhumane.org; 619-279-5086

San Francisco SPCA: Krista Maloney; kmaloney@sfspca.org; 415-522-3507

 

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,900 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. Determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

 

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization in North America and continues to serve as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA is committed to its mission of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

About The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 150,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people. HumaneSociety.org

 

About San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside select Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, municipal contracts and small fees for services. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption; please visit www.sdhumane.org.

 

About the SF SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

 

For more information, call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.

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