An Ohio native, Dr. Betsy Goldenberg headed west to the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1998. She returned to Ohio for veterinary school and graduated from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. With an initial interest in zoo and aquarium medicine, Betsy lived in various locations across the country to work with everything from elephants to tigers to penguins and more. However, she ultimately discovered that cats and dogs are her favorite patients of all!
Betsy has been working in the Bay Area as a small animal veterinarian since 2005 and joined the SF SPCA in January 2013. She feels extremely lucky and proud to be part of the SF SPCA organization and the amazing programs it provides to the community. You will find her most often working in the veterinary hospital but she also loves helping out at the community vaccine clinics and Spay/Neuter clinic. Her professional interests include internal medicine with a special focus on geriatrics, pain management and surgery. When not working, you can find Betsy out hiking or running with her husband and dog, Zanzibar, cooking and if really lucky, traveling abroad.
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.