San Francisco SPCA and Pets Unlimited to Merge Operations

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today, the SF SPCA and Pets Unlimited announced a merger of two likeminded animal welfare organizations, creating a centralized animal care nonprofit that will significantly increase resources and enhance operations for the benefit of animals in the San Francisco Bay Area. The merger was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both organizations and is set to close on March 1, 2014.

“The SF SPCA and Pets Unlimited are excited about our future as a combined organization and the increased care for animals we will be able to provide,” stated SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall. “Together, we have 200 years of experience caring for animals in San Francisco, and while both organizations have a deep history as individual nonprofits, we never stop looking for new ways to advance our shared mission: to save and protect animals in need. Therefore, after careful consideration, it became evident that a merger was the best thing to do for the community and will have a considerable, positive impact on animal care.  Getting animals into loving homes is what we do, and this merger furthers that cause.”

The combined organization will continue to offer services at the existing SF SPCA Mission campus on Alabama Street and at the Pets Unlimited Pacific Heights campus on Fillmore Street. The dual campuses in different segments of San Francisco will substantially increase various animal care services as they operate under the same management structure.

“The merger of the SF SPCA and Pets Unlimited marks an important moment in the progression of San Francisco animal care,” said Dr. Thomas Mason, Pets Unlimited director of veterinary services.  “By joining forces and operating as a combined entity, we will not only become more efficient with fundraising resources, we will synergize the best practices between our organizations to elevate the level of animal care to new heights”

Key benefits of the merger include:

  • Ability to increase adoptions and charitable care by offering two locations in different neighborhoods of San Francisco.
  • Superior customer service for guardians by offering two locations for veterinary care, while staying in the same hospital system.
  • Enhanced animal care services through the combination of best practice methods.
  • Ability to share marketing, advocacy, and fundraising resources, thereby creating an efficient system that provides more in charitable animal care for those who might not otherwise be able to afford veterinary visits.
  • Enhanced partnerships with local animal welfare organizations like PAWS and VET SOS.
  • Larger, more efficient volunteer network.

About Pets Unlimited

For over 60 years, Pets Unlimited has rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed thousands of cats and dogs with nowhere else to turn. Pets Unlimited operates a special needs Shelter and Adoption Center and its state of the art Veterinary Center provides 24-hour general, urgent, and emergency care to cats and dogs in need.

For more information about the Pets Unlimited, visit