Blog Archive: Advocacy

Ultimate Gamble: The Dark Side of Horse Racing

rescued horses, photographed by Carina DeVera

This past Saturday, famous racehorse American Pharoah completed horse racing’s first-ever Grand Slam at Breeders’ Cup. On June 6th of this year, when he won the Triple Crown, the Internet went crazy. The horse’s name was even trending on Facebook, a testament to the popularity of the sport. Not surprisingly, Americans love to admire the beauty, grace, and athleticism of these powerful animals. 

Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Each year during the summer solstice, thousands of dogs are rounded up off the streets or stolen from their homes, crammed into tiny wire cages, stacked on trucks, and make their way to a grim and brutal death at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

When Doing Less is More


Kangaroos—iconic animals, loved around the world, and sadly, the targets of brutal slaughter. Luckily, Californians have the power to help.

The story begins four decades ago, when California banned the import of kangaroo parts in 1971. In 2007, at the urging of the Australian government and kangaroo skin exporters, the state put a moratorium on the ban, allowing the sale of kangaroo-skin products.

Join us! California Humane Lobby Day


Do you want to help protect elephants? Sign up today to join the San Francisco SPCA and other animal welfare organizations and advocates from across the state for California Humane Lobby Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 23rd!

You're Invited: Saving Lives Through Advocacy, A Discussion With Jennifer Fearing

California Capitol

Bay Area advocates, have you ever wondered how to flex your political and advocacy muscle to have a positive impact on animals every day? Do you want to get involved in two major elephant protection bills but not sure where to start? Please join the San Francisco SPCA on Wednesday, May 27th for an exciting discussion with Jennifer Fearing, President of Fearless Advocacy.

Dog Meat Farms—An Industry that Must End

The San Francisco SPCA is a proud Emergency Placement Partner for Humane Society International, and last week opened our doors to fifty-seven dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in Korea Watching the video and seeing the faces of these beautiful and brave dogs enter the shelter was a bittersweet and emotional experience. These dogs are safe; they’ll receive love and the happy lives that all animals deserve.

You're Invited: Special Guest Speaker Adam Parascandola

© HSUS: Adam Parascandola and Billy, dog rescued from puppy mill

Bay Area advocates, please join the San Francisco SPCA, Humane Society International and your fellow animal lovers in San Francisco on Thursday, March 19th for an exciting discussion with guest Speaker Adam Parascandola, the Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response for Humane Society International!