By Krista Maloney, SF SPCA Communications and Engagement Manager
Each year the San Francisco SPCA’s programs and services reach 250,000 people, which is nearly one-third of the population of the City. From veterinary services to adoptions and events like Holiday Windows, the SF SPCA touches almost every part of the San Francisco community.
One of our most significant impacts on San Francisco has been the result of our 30-year partnership with San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SF ACC). In 1994, five years after SF ACC was established, the two organizations signed the Adoption Pact. This agreement states that the SF SPCA will take any adoptable animal that SF ACC cannot place and work towards saving all treatable animals as well. Simply put, no adoptable animal in San Francisco will go without a home.
The Adoption Pact continues to influence our work every day. Thanks in large part to this unprecedented agreement, last year San Francisco’s Live Release Rate climbed to 94 percent, the highest ever in San Francisco and one of the highest of any major American city!
In the last 10 years alone, the SF SPCA has transferred more than 20,000 animals from SF ACC into its adoption program, many of which had medical or behavioral issues.
One of those lucky animals was Mister, a handsome 12-year-old cat. Mister was diagnosed with dental disease and feline osteoarthritis, age-related arthritis that does not have a cure but can sometimes be slowed with supplements. Mister’s adopter, Richard, had been searching for a senior cat when he found Mister on our website.
“When I met Mister in person, I felt we might be a good match, but my friends urged me to meet two other cats,” said Richard. “So I did, but Mister kept popping back into my mind. When the volunteer helping me suggested someone else might get him in the meantime, I immediately told her I wanted him. I panicked!”
Richard rushed back over to Mister and adopted him that day.
“I knew I would love whatever cat came home with me, but I didn’t realize we were going to be such a perfect match. Thanks to all of you for keeping him safe until we could meet up.”
Each day countless animals, like Mister, are saved through the SF SPCA’s programs and partnerships. We’re proud of the SF SPCA’s 151-year history of service in San Francisco. The impact we’re able to have on San Francisco’s animals, and the people who love them, is because of your support. Thank you!
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.