Sido Program Saves Max the Cat and Fixes Up His Smile

Max the cat was adopted from us in October, 2019, but his family came in to surrender him in early January, 2020, saying they couldn’t afford necessary dental care.

It turns out Max was previously owned by a lovely man named Robert. When Robert was diagnosed with cancer in early 2019, he enrolled Max in the Sido Program.  In the fall, Robert and his brother knew the time had come to surrender Max to the SF SPCA. Despite an emotional goodbye, Robert said he knew that Max would be well cared for until he found his new family.

Since Max was enrolled in the Sido Program, the SF SPCA told Max’s new family his dental care was already covered at no charge, thereby diverting the surrender and making sure Max could stay with his new family.

Animals enrolled in the Sido Program who outlive or cannot receive proper care from their guardians come to the SF SPCA with detailed instructions on preferred foods, habits and medical needs. This provides peace of mind for the guardians, as well as a secure and safe future for their pets. Medical costs for animals who come to us through the Sido Program are complimentary for two years after they are adopted.

Guardians who enroll their dogs and cats in the program agree to make an annual contribution to the SF SPCA, and name the SF SPCA as a beneficiary in their estate, which covers the costs of the program and then some. For questions or more detail about the Sido Program, please contact the Development Team at, or come stop by Administration at our Mission Campus!

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