Dr. MacFarlane grew up in Michigan and received her Bachelor’s and Veterinary degrees from Michigan State University.
After enduring enough snow and ice for one lifetime, she headed south to Atlanta, GA, where she practiced small animal medicine for 11 years. After growing tired of affordable housing, she decided to throw caution to the wind and head west in July of 2006 to join the veterinary team at the San Francisco SPCA. Professionally, she enjoys the variety of general practice, but also has special interest in dermatology and behavioral medicine.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children and their Border Collie, Roo. She spends her free time traveling, taking photos, practicing yoga, and trying to garden in a concrete yard.
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.