SF SPCA – Mission Campus
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco CA 94103
SF SPCA – Pacific Heights Campus
2343 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
As one of 74 board-certified veterinary behaviorists in the United States, Dr. Wailani Sung has a passion for helping owners prevent or effectively manage behavior problems in companion animals, enabling them to maintain a high quality of life. Dr. Sung obtained her master’s degree and Doctorate in Psychology, with a special interest in animal behavior from The University of Georgia. Upon completion of these graduate programs, she obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing general medicine, emergency, exotics and behavioral medicine in Arizona, Dr. Sung relocated to the Seattle metropolitan area and opened her own behavior clinic. She is currently in the process of relocating fulltime to San Francisco Ca. to work at the SF SPCA Behavior Specialty Service and will help you with your behaviorally challenged dog, cat or bird. She does not consider any patient or problem hopeless, and her treatment protocols are based on scientific information about animal behavior, psychopharmacology, and learning theory.
Dr. Sung frequently lectures on managing common behavioral issues and consults with veterinary practices to design programs and train staff in best practices for making vet visits less stressful and developing treatment protocols for patients with behavioral issues. Many of Dr. Sung’s behavioral articles are published on the website, Vetstreet. Dr. Sung is also a frequent contributor to the Healthy Pet magazine and PetMd. She is a co-author of the soon to be released book, “From Fearful to Fear Free”, in which she collaborated with America’s veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, veterinary colleague Dr. Lisa Radosta, and renown trainer, Mikkel Becker.
An equestrian enthusiast, Dr. Sung spends her free time riding horses or relaxing at home with her husband and their two dogs, a senior cat, a red-bellied parrot and a citron-crested cockatoo.
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.