Press Releases

San Francisco SPCA Celebrates 30 Years of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs and Success of Puppy Dog Tales

Monday, April 18, 2011

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program, designed to improve the lives of those facing educational, physical or mental challenges by bringing humans and animals together. Since 1981, the AAT program has worked with hundreds of volunteer teams to engage more than 60,000 people annually, whether in classrooms through the Puppy Dog Tales (PDT) Reading Program or in hospitals and nursing homes with the General AAT Program. The program is currently the oldest operating within a larger animal welfare organization.

San Francisco SPCA Expands “Community Cares” Initiative to Bring Vital Animal Care to Local Neighborhoods

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The San Francisco SPCA is proud to announce the continuation of its Community Cares Initiative, developed to enhance the availability of free and low-cost animal care to neighborhoods across San Francisco. The SF SPCA will be hosting 2011's first mobile vaccine clinic on March 26 at Bayview Park, providing free Distemper-Hepatitis-Parvovirus (DHP) vaccines to dogs of local residents. Launched in 2010, last year's mobile vaccine clinics vaccinated more than 800 dogs and coordinated more than 150 free spay/neuter procedures for Bay Area pets in 2010.

SF SPCA Encourages Public to Speak Out at GGNRA Meeting

Monday, March 7, 2011
As a member of the Eco-Dog coalition, the SF SPCA will advocate for on- and off-leash recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) at an open house style meeting on Monday, March 7, 2011. The meeting, the third of four conducted in the Bay Area, offers the public a chance to respond to the draft Dog Management Plan presented by the National Park Service in January.

San Francisco SPCA to Offer Free Spay/Neuter Procedures for All Pit Bulls during Entire Month of March

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

After performing more than 550 free spay and neuter surgeries for San Francisco’s cats and dogs in February, the San Francisco SPCA has declared March “Pit Fix Month” and will offer free spay/neuter procedures for the city’s pit bull and pit mix population. San Francisco residents can schedule appointments on a first-come, first-served basis with the SF SPCA’s Spay/Neuter Clinic.

San Francisco SPCA “Ask a Vet” Provides Weekly Expert Pet Advice on and Twitter

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The San Francisco SPCA is offering the public two ways to get expert answers to their pet questions: through a weekly feature on and open Twitter sessions on Fridays afternoons. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, DVM and co-president of the SF SPCA, answers at least one question every Wednesday on and responds to questions on Twitter @sfspca from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Pacific Time on Fridays.

San Francisco Pet-Friendly Hotel Monaco Partners with SPCA to Host Valentine’s “Smooches With Pooches” Fundraiser

Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Hotel Monaco and the San Francisco SPCA are sponsoring a Valentine’s doggie kissing booth fundraiser this Monday from 4 to 6pm. Guests and local pet lovers will receive a photograph of themselves kissing one of the Hotel Monaco dogs: Oliver or Lucy. The event will be held in the living room at the Hotel Monaco located at 501 Geary Street in San Francisco.