Kenny is a Cairn terrier mix. He was 7 years old when we adopted him, and he will be 10 years old this year. We could not be happier having Kenny in our life. We didn't choose him, he choose us. When he jumped up and licked my hand, we were hooked. Kenny has been such a joy for us. We are planning to adopt another dog as a companion for Kenny.

This is my 3-year-old Maine Coon tabby mix Bella (formally Fiona). Three years ago in November of 2013, a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I had decided to go to Pets Unlimited (now the Pacific Heights Campus) and just have a look around, at the time I wasnt expecting to find anyone. But I was proven wrong! I was going from kennel to kennel looking at all the pups and kitties. When I passed a huge room of kittens, there was one who was staring at me and following me back and forth when I passed. I asked to go in and this kitten continued to follow me....

Four years ago my husband and I walked into the Mission adoption center with intentions to adopt a kitten. It was Mother's Day 2012. I had a fluffy white or Siamese kitten in mind. Well, it didn't work out as planned. First of all, there was no kitten to be found. It was not kitten season apparently. Secondly, the cats that we thought we liked didn't give us the time of day. We walked in and out of every room to no avail. Right when we were about to give up, one volunteer walked us into a small room with a tiny 7-year-old black cat. I was hesitant at...

We are thrilled to have Tito as part of our family. He absolutely adores his walks and cuddles and is a big fan of our new television. New television equals more and longer cuddles. Tito visits our neighbor's dogs through the fence. He is a sweet, adorable, and loving boy. We want to thank the staff and volunteers at the San Francisco SPCA for all the care and kindness Tito received before we brought him to his forever home.

San Francisco SPCA Launches Prong Collar Educational Campaign: What’s Wrong with the Prong?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

San Francisco SPCA Launches Prong Collar Educational Campaign: What’s Wrong with the Prong?

Prong collars cause injuries and behavioral problems, but many safe and effective training alternatives exist

June 21, 2016 – The San Francisco SPCA has launched a campaign to educate the public about the harm caused by prong collars. Prong collars are designed to inflict pain and discomfort and can cause serious physical, behavioral, and emotional damage.

We adopted Penny in April of 2015 after I begged and pleaded my case to my boyfriend over the phone. My birthday was in a week and I wanted to get another dog so bad so that our mini dachshund of six years would have a companion. I had heard of the free adoption weekend the SF SPCA was having, and I saw a picture of another dog named Lola. My mom and I drove to the shelter from Napa to see Lola but when we got there they informed me that her foster parents decided to keep her. I was sad, but they said I could walk around and see if there were any...

A year ago on Mother's Day, we met Geneva at the SF SPCA. At the time, she was scrawny, hesitant, and terrified of cars. She'd been found living as a stray in Merced County, so who knows what she'd been through (we later found a BB gun pellet lodged in her foreleg). But over time, she has gained so much confidence, growing into a gentle, strong, healthy, and loving part of our family. Geneva's favorite pastimes now include playing with other dogs, hiking the East Bay regional parks, chasing turkeys, belly rubs, and sitting on the top of a big hill to...

Archie is a Germen Shephard Great Dane mix, and we adopted him when he was six months old. That was six years ago. A month prior to adopting Archie, my daughter and I had just lost our dog of 13 years, Jane. My daughter was devastated as was I. She had grown up with Jane, and it was important to her to have a dog in the house in order to feel safe. When Archie came into our lives I had never raised or trained a dog on my own. My husband was in charge of all the training of Jane. Jane was my last connection to my husband as he past away from cancer...

I adopted Ava in September 2013, and we're still best friends! Apart from her tennis balls, Ava still loves going for runs and car rides. She has travelled all up and down the West Coast with me, and we'll be moving across country to live with her dad in a few weeks (she was happy to adopt him into our family). She maintained some of her weird traits: digging through the trash when I'm not looking and barking at TV dogs. But I wouldn't change any of it.

Zoe

My wife and I had been visiting the shelter for weeks and weeks trying to connect with a dog. I grew up with Dobermans and my wife grew up with a pit bull. We simply didn't see eye to eye and gravitated toward different dogs. One day a friend called us early in the morning to join her for brunch and a walk through the SF SPCA; she was considering a second dog. My wife didn't want to go, because we had almost adopted a pittie puppy two weeks before but decided not to, and she was too heart broken to go back. I convinced her to go to brunch with a trip...

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