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!

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...

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