We were looking to adopt a kitten for a while and got really excited when we saw the "Whiskers and Whiskey" event that was offering free kitten adoptions. Friday was the first cat we asked to meet. We immediately fell in love with his huge eyes, playful personality, soothing purr, and the absolutely adorable crook in his tail. Since then, we've attended Kitten Kindergarten at the SF SPCA and are proud to say that Friday successfully learned how to come when called and can sit, shake, and give kisses on command. He's pretty popular at parties. Thanks...

I adopted Waverly (formerly Maroochy) from your wonderful shelter. She is the greatest cat I have ever had. She is the first pet I've had on my own, and I was so nervous about being responsible for an animal all by myself. I can't remember why I was nervous now, because all I can think about is how amazing Waverly is. She truly has changed my life. Every day when I come home, she pokes her head around the corner and runs down the stairs to greet me. She loves chin scratches and watching Friends with me, and she sits on my lap when I read. She comes...

A long-time success story still going strong! I adopted Holly in 2007. She was born in a feral colony and was isolated from other cats as she had coughing spells (she has bronchitis and needs shots 3-4 times a years). The staff kept her in a cat carrier on their desks to try to socialize her. She had a brother who refused to be socialized at all, and he was returned back to his colony after being neutered. She had been there many months before I adopted her as she was extremely shy and frightened, but I could see she had it in her to become a loving...

Muzzle Up! Seminar

Muzzle Up!

Imagine a fearful dog gaining confidence and weaving around agility poles while wearing a muzzle. Or a shy dog running toward the muzzle from across the room in order to place her snout in the basket, eagerly anticipating her reward. These aren’t just pipe dreams; training makes them possible for dogs of varied breeds, backgrounds and temperaments. When done the proper way, muzzle training can increase the trust in you and your dog’s relationship.

I adopted Axl (formerly Deacon) in February 2016, soon after his left front leg was amputated. He was a bit shy and disoriented at first, but Axl has turned out to be the best dog buddy I could ever imagine. We go hiking, running, and camping together, and he LOVES the beach. He is totally unfazed by the missing leg and is the fastest dog at the dog park. He is also an excellent cuddler. Thank you to the SF SPCA for taking such good care of him and helping bring him into my life. I had never had a dog before, and this little guy has taught me so much...

When I started looking for a dog to adopt in November 2015, my husband was anything but convinced. Having grown up without pets, his impression of dogs was that they were smelly, a lot of work, and drooled everywhere. We had had a bad experience with a cat who kept biting us but I was certain that a dog was the missing piece of the puzzle our family was looking for. After we found Lulu we had to wait to take her home as she developed kennel cough. Now we've had her with us for 15 months, and we can't imagine our lives without her. She is not only a...

We adopted Henry in September 2015—he had come from another shelter and was only at the SF SPCA for about 10 days before we found him. We had been looking for a smaller dog that would get along with our alpha dude, Butch Cassidy, and were not having luck with a lot of the dogs that we "tested out" in a conference room at the Mission Campus. We were going to give up when they told us that there was one more submissive, small dog who was just coming back from a walk. I won't say that Butch and Henry hit it off right away, but they didn't hate each...

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