We hope that every animal adopted from the San Francisco SPCA will enjoy its lifetime in a loving home. And we support families to help ensure the longevity of the relationship. If you are having issues with your cat or dog, here are some resources that may help:
- We offer a wide range of dog training classes, from Puppy Manners and Reactive Rover to Bravery Class for Shy Dogs. See our list of classes.
- Dr. Berger, our board-certified veterinary behaviorist, is available for consultations. Learn more about private behavior consultations.
- View our cat behavior resources.
- Visit our Dog Behavior Library of downloadable and printable online information.
Returns for Animals Adopted from the SF SPCA
If you have exhausted all reasonable efforts to keep your pet, the SF SPCA accepts the return of any animal adopted from our facility. Adoption returns must be scheduled in advance and are accepted seven days a week by appointment only, based on staff availability. Guardians who wish to return their adopted cat or dog should call 415.554.3000 or email Surrender@sfspca.org to schedule an appointment.
Although, we provide re-homing free of charge to our adopters who make appointments, donations are welcome to offset the cost of intake.
Walk-in returns without an appointment will be charged a non-refundable fee of $25.
Surrender of Cats and Dogs Not Adopted from the SF SPCA
If you are a San Francisco resident with a cat or dog that you did not adopt from the SF SPCA, you may be able to surrender that animal to us. We have surrender appointments available seven days a week. Please call 415.554.3000 to schedule an appointment.
All non-SF SPCA animal surrenders require a completed Dog History Form or Cat History Form. Please right-click the form name and select "Save link as" to save the form to your desktop. Once you've filled in the form, please print it out and bring it with you or email Surrender@sfspca.org and include the form as an attachment.
Surrenders of Underage Kittens and Puppies
The SF SPCA offers a re-homing program for kittens and puppies less than eight-weeks old born in San Francisco. The animals may be:
- Stray or owned
- Without moms and eating on their own (not nursing)
- Owned with a friendly mom and underage kittens or puppies (two weeks old, ears up/eyes open)
Underage kittens and puppies are eligible for behavior and medical assessment daily between the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Evaluations and intake of kittens and puppies are performed free of charge, but donations are encouraged. Admittance to the SF SPCA Adoption Program for underage kittens, puppies, and mothers (if present) is based on health, behavior, and available space and occurs through our Spay and Neuter Clinic at 201 Alabama Street, 2nd floor.
Free-roaming and Feral Cats
Although the SF SPCA does not take in stray cats or dogs for adoption, free-roaming and feral cats can be brought to the SF SPCA's Community Cares program seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please proceed to the Spay/Neuter Clinic on the 2nd floor of 201 Alabama Street. Cats will be scanned for a microchip and if determined to be unowned and/or feral (i.e. wild and unable to acclimate to living in a home), they will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned to the location where they were found.
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94103