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...

Two weeks ago I saw Harriette on the website and thought she was the perfect dog for me. When I met her she was very shy and wouldn't come close to me until one of the SF SPCA employees gave me a bag of ham. Harriette likes ham! She came to me and let me pet her. I took her home hoping she'd warm up. She ran all over the house when we first got home getting a lay of the land. It only took a day for her to bond with me. She is still a little shy meeting new people but grows more confident every day. She is very smart; it only took one correction on...

In February 2013, I was casually and half-heartedly browsing the SF SPCA website when I came across Twinkle. She looked scared and small, and something about her made me want to get in my car and immediately drive over. I texted my fiancé (then boyfriend), "What if I got a dog today?" I didn't wait for his answer. I asked to see her—she was skinny, scared, and prone to biting. They said she had been found as a stray, so they didn't know too much about her, but said she had needed 17 teeth pulled and still needed to be spayed. She cowered when I stood...

Blackberry is the black one, and Jaws is the grey tabby. The first time we went to the shelter we knew we wanted two cats. My brothers saw a grey tabby (formerly Hyphae) in the front window and asked to see him. Since our family has six people we had to split up. When it was my group's turn we went in and saw he had loads of energy! My brothers definitely wanted him, but I was a little hesitant because I wanted more of a love bug cat. My parents decided to get Hyphae. Our volunteer led us to another group of kittens. They were cute but I didn't...

I adopted Buddy in December 2016. It's only been one month, and he is happy and thriving here with me! He loves going for walks on the bike paths, fleece blankets, and string cheese. His new best friend is a chocolate lab who he spends most days with while I'm at work. They instantly bonded, sharing toys and playing nonstop. His personality continues to show through even more every single day. A huge thank you to everyone who helped me with the adoption process and for all that you have done for Buddy! I'm very grateful!

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