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...

My partner and I adopted Ducky (formerly Chuck) from the SF SPCA back in March. Since then he has settled well into his new surroundings in Marin County. Ducky came to us through a partnership with the SF SPCA and Humane Society International as one of 64 dogs rescued from a Korean dog meat farm. We thought we had our work cut out for us with him, but the truth of the fact is that when we got him back to our home all he wanted to do was love us! He has taught us more than we have taught him. It is amazing that a dog that came from such horrible...

In December 2015 we lost our 23 year old cat, and after several months we were ready to take some new cat friends into our house. We went to the SF SPCA in March and spent a long time visiting all the cats and kittens available. When we entered the room with Sugar there was no question that he would be coming home with us—he immediately jumped down from his perch and started winding around our legs. He was friendly from the moment we met him, and as he's become more comfortable in his new home. He's become a staple of our lives. He's a heavy boy at...

Mona (left) came to live with me as an orphaned five-week-old kitten in Boston in 2008 (Mona is Gaelic for "Little Nobel One"). She and I were both in need of some extra TLC at the time. In 2011, we moved with my now husband to San Francisco, and Mona has adjusted extremely well. She gets her veterinary care at the SF SPCA Pacific Heights Campus. In September 2015, I received a regular email from the SF SPCA about adoptions and Alfred (right) was featured as available. The moment I saw his picture, I knew he'd found his forever home. He was nearly...

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