Dr. Gina Henriksen is a Bay Area native who received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She worked at Genentech for 7 years before deciding to follow her true passion and become a veterinarian. She is a 2006 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
While in Colorado she worked with retired racing greyhounds, rehabilitating them to be family pets. She has a strong interest in dog training and behavior and enjoys participating in many dog sports such as Flyball, Agility and Frisbee. She is enjoying working at the SF SPCA both in the Veterinary Hospital and in the Animal Shelter, helping our furry friends find permanent homes.
She currently lives in San Francisco and when not at the SF SPCA, she can be found sailing, swing dancing or playing with her Australian Shepherd dogs Hap and Fyn.
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.