PAWS: Pre-Adoption Wellness Support

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The San Francisco SPCA Pre-adoption Wellness Support (PAWS) Program allows animals with a medical condition to spend their time recovering in your home rather than in the shelter.

One of the benefits of this program is that you get to foster the animal before making the decision to officially adopt. Animals in the PAWS Program remain under the care of our Shelter Medicine doctors and staff until they are ready for their forever home.

The San Francisco SPCA will cover all necessary medical management and costs prior to adoption. Our hope is that the animal finds their forever home with you! If it turns out the animal isn’t the right fit, that’s okay! They can return to the SF SPCA Mission Adoption Center to find their forever home.

If you are interested in learning more about PAWS or want to foster a PAWS animal, email

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