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...

My then boyfriend and I adopted Rosie (formerly known as Boscolita) in August of 2010 from the SF SPCA. We knew she was destined to be ours as she made air biscuits for us and came when called. Rosie flourished in our tiny one bedroom apartment in the city and is now loving life in our much larger home. She has taught us so much about the unconditional love you can get from a shelter pet and continues to be a source of much joy in our house. We are so grateful to the SF SPCA for giving Rosie a chance and for keeping her safe until we were able to...

I was visiting the SF SPCA to help my mom find a dog companion. We went into one of the rooms to see a litter of puppies: four black males and one white female with black ears. I knelt down to meet them, and the girl climbed up onto my lap—like she'd done it a hundred times before—to watch her brothers tussle on the floor below. She then chewed a hole in the hem of my shirt. It wasn't a good time in my life for a dog, but I couldn't leave without her, and we have been inseparable ever since. Zoe (formerly Etouffee) has changed my life.

We cannot thank you enough for bringing this hilarious little tripawd into our lives! We absolutely adore her sweet personality and zest for life. Despite her previous treatment, all she wants to do is love on us, on our other dog, and on every single person and dog she meets. She's quite the star in our Half Moon Bay community. She's been with us for almost six months now, and we can't imagine our lives without her. Our other dog adores her as much as we do; they quickly became the very best of friends. She has since been exposed to all types of...

I will always be extremely grateful to the SF SPCA for bringing my best friend to me! I adopted Aífe from the SF SPCA Holiday Windows on New Years Day, 2011. She was almost four months old, and I was 25. I'd moved to the city just before Thanksgiving, right after grad school and a really horrible breakup. As soon as I met Aífe, I knew she was the cat for me. That New Years Day was really the start of a new life for me. My bond with Aífe changed me completely. It taught me so much about unconditional love, curiosity, responsibility, companionship,...

When I first started volunteering at the SF SPCA, I was a dog walker. On one of my days volunteering, there were few dogs that I had to choose from. One of those dogs was Felix. By the end of the day we fell in love with him. I knew my cat liked dogs but wasn’t sure if Felix liked cats. When I brought him home he was fine with my cat, Goldie. That was 10 years ago. Felix is now 14 years old. He’s still sweet after all these years.

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