SF SPCA – Mission Campus
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco CA 94103
SF SPCA – Pacific Heights Campus
2343 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Dr. Shirley Chen holds a B.S. from Caltech and a M.S. from Stanford University. She worked for several years in the software industry before finally pursuing her passion for veterinary medicine. Dr. Chen received her veterinary degree from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and attended a one-year internship focused on small animal emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery at a specialty practice in the East Bay. She has also trained in small animal acupuncture training with the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Chen is endlessly grateful to the owners and pets who continue to trust her with their care and well-being. When not working at the SF SPCA, Dr. Chen donates her time to various spay/neuter efforts and the local senior dog rescue, Muttville.
Beyond work, Dr. Chen’s happy places are on her yoga mat, on a zafu, or trying new recipes found online or in library books. She was an avid traveler in her younger years, but now prefers a quiet life in San Francisco with her spouse and rescue mutt, Scarlet.
When not at the clinic, her hobbies include salsa dancing and spending time with her dog, Fleur, and her cat, Ares.
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. 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.