Seventeen years ago I was walking through the shops of Embarcadero Two on my lunch hour, when my attention was diverted to an SF SPCA adoption stand. Instead of going back to work, I was compelled to go to see the kitties. That was where I met a little four-month-old kitten named Martin. It was love at first sight. I adopted him that afternoon (January 14, 2000) and brought him home. He was quite a long cat when he stretched himself out, so I gave him a longer name, Sebastian. He was my wonderful, cuddly little buddy for the next 17 years. Sebastian...

We're coming up on Hachi's two year adopt-a-versary, and we're so happy he's part of our family. He's been a true joy. While we've had some struggles with separation anxiety, everything has been worth it. He's made us better people and has been a great companion and family member. He loves to go on walks, play with our cat, and hang out at our local tap room. Thank you for all you've done for him.

About two months after we adopted Zino (the gray cat), we thought he needed a furry sibling. We went back to the SF SPCA where my daughter fell in love with Squeaky (white tabby). Neither of my children wanted to leave the adoption center without Squeaky. They didn't ask for anything else for Christmas!

Jazz came to me from the San Francisco SPCA and was known as Otter. It had taken me a couple years to get over my last cat's passing. I had been a one-cat gal until then. As soon as I got him home though, he showed a very cool, energetic, slightly hyper vibe—hence "Jazz". I waited six weeks, and then came back and adopted Cleo. They have been my companions for the past 12-13 years. When I married about five years ago, Jazz graciously accepted the presence of another man in my life. My husband passed away in May of this year, on the 22nd. Jazz decided...

Osito is my baby. I am a dog person and have always had a dog since I was three years old. After a six-year hiatus I decided it was time for a new dog, so my husband convinced me to go to the San Francisco SPCA to see if there was a dog that I liked. After having several purebred dogs that I raised since puppies, I was a little reluctant because in my head a "rescue" meant trouble. Little did I know that the "shelter" dog turned out to be the best dog that I have ever had. He is so thankful and always by my side. Also, he is the best snuggle bug in...

We adopted Sophie on Valentine's Day 2014 when she was not quite four months old. In a couple of days she will be turning two! The staff at the SF SPCA had a plan to help build Sophie's confidence, and we assured them that we would give her a loving home and were prepared to put in the work to get her accustomed to life outside the shelter. We made a few futile attempts at attending puppy playgroup because it just wasn't her thing. Luckily we live less than two blocks from the beach, and in that open environment she did much better with her...

We adopted Rupert 15 years ago, and just recently we had to say goodbye to this kind soul. He was such a sweet, gentle dog always following us around the house and never straying too far on our walks. He loved to play with other dogs at Dolores Park and chase squirrels at Buena Vista Park. The last few years his age started to show, and our walks became shorter but he always had a zest for life and was ready to go; tugging at the end of his leash ready to start a new day. Unfortunately, his motor coordination and hips started to go, and we sadly had...

We adopted Zinfandel (formerly Santa Maria) from the SF SPCA July 2015. She was a momma of four kittens found on the streets of San Francisco. She is the sweetest, most loving little girl who loves to play and carry her mice around. When she lost her brother, we knew she was sad and had to find her a buddy ASAP. We visited the SF SPCA in May of 2016 and found Orion. Orion was shot with a BB gun and is our little one-eyed bandit. We knew he was our guy from the moment he jumped into our laps. Zinny and Orion connected almost immediately and became...

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