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Dear Friends of the San Francisco SPCA,

What a community! You have made all of our life-saving work possible, and we cannot continue to save lives without you. Right now, as we respond to the COVID-19 shelter in place directive and understand how to best move ahead, we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our staff healthy so we can be here if your beloved pet needs medical care. In addition to staying up-to-date with CDC and American Veterinary Medical Association protocols, we have instituted creative staff schedules to facilitate social distancing.

Our Adoptions Center will be closed through April 7th, but the life-saving work continues. Our Adoptions team is creating new ways to make sure that animals can find forever homes in the midst of this situation. We continue to be creative in helping our partners in San Francisco and throughout the state as we all try to continue to save injured and homeless animals.

While we have discontinued Animal Assisted Therapy visits at this time, we have received an outpouring of volunteer and public support for our Foster program. Thank you! Our gratitude to you is unwavering and we are confident that we can provide care for all of the homeless animals in our shelter thanks to your generosity. If you live within 45 minutes of the SF SPCA, please visit our Foster page to learn about future opportunities to volunteer. The shelter team is placing animals in foster homes so they receive love, attention, and exercise during the shelter in place directive.

Please know that our hospitals at Pacific Heights and Mission are open to offer support for sick, urgent, and emergency care. We are currently deferring all wellness and non-urgent cases until after April 7th. We are also making arrangements for those who are sick to be able to access care for their pets by calling ahead (415-554-3030). We have ramped up telemedicine appointments for non-urgent conditions, general questions, and medication refills. We also offer a curated set of pet parent items through our SF SPCA online store to support your needs.

We have been providing life-saving care to animals and support for their guardians since 1868 and through the many challenges and emergencies that seem to occur more frequently these days. As a non-profit organization, our efforts are funded by the generous support of you, our community. Your support means the world to us and the animals in our care. Please consider donating to our mission during this difficult time.

Jennifer Scarlett, DVM
President

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