"Last year we completed more than 5,000 adoptions, the most in the SF SPCA's 145 year history," said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA co-president. "Unfortunately that was the maximum capacity of our old shelter, so to continue to grow we needed to renovate. In our new shelter we'll be able to adopt out 20% more animals each year, saving 10,000+ lives over the next decade!"
"When our old adoption center opened in 1998, it was the first shelter in the country to house animals in condominium-style rooms instead of cages," said SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall. "Our old shelter changed the way adoptions happen and vastly improved the lives of shelter animals. With our new adoption center we're once again setting the standard for shelters across the country; it's the perfect example of why San Francisco is one of the most progressively humane cities in the world."
The new adoption center was designed to make animals as comfortable and safe as possible during their stay at the shelter. An indoor dog park will give dogs the opportunity to play, socialize, and meet their new families. Meanwhile, cats will enjoy more vertical space to climb, play, and explore. In addition, the shelter features a new section for small mammals like rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs.
Visitors, volunteers, and staff will also greatly benefit from the new design. Visitors will enjoy more opportunities to interact with the animals, and wait times to meet an animal or adopt will be greatly reduced. The new layout expands and improves space for volunteers, and also improves worker safety.
The SF SPCA will be offering private tours for members of the media throughout the month of June. If you're interested in booking a private tour, contact Krista Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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