Press Releases

San Francisco SPCA President Jan McHugh-Smith Announces Departure

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA Board of Directors today announced that Jan McHugh-Smith will resign as president, effective upon completion of her contract in March 2010. Jan has decided to return to Colorado to be closer to her family and accepted a leadership position with a regional humane society.

Dog Trainer Academy Moves Outside SF/SPCA

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
The Academy for Dog Trainers celebrates its 10-year anniversary thanks to the SF/SPCA’s support and investment. At this time, we would like to announce that on November 16, 2009, Jean Donaldson with Janis Bradley will begin working together to develop a new educational offering outside of the SF/SPCA. The SF/SPCA applauds Jean Donaldson and her team for the impact they have had on the lives of tens of thousands of animals across the U.S. and internationally over the last decade.

The San Francisco SPCA Launches Online Guide for Summer Pet Health & Safety

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA, the city's leading privately supported, non-profit animal welfare organization, has launched its online guide for summer health and safety.

Whether traveling out of town or staying home, out in the garden or planning long hikes, The SF/SPCA offers this guide for quick and easy reference:

Stolen Kitten: Please Help the SF SPCA Find “Jack Daniels”

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Today, July 8, 2009, between 2-3:45 pm PT, three month old kitten, "Jack Daniels," was stolen from the SF SPCA's Maddie's Adoption Center at 250 Florida St. San Francisco. A description of the perpetrator(s) is not available.

A description of the cat is as follows:

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
  1. Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and is microchipped.
  2. Tire your dog or cat out with plenty of exercise early in the day.
  3. Distract your pets by playing games with their favorite toys.
  4. Create a safe sanctuary in your home. Shut windows and blinds or curtains. Turn the TV or radio on at normal volume.
  5. Stay with your pet on the 4th. If you can’t stay consider crating them in a secluded room, so they won’t run in panic.

The San Francisco SPCA Urges CA Senate Committee to Endorse AB 1122

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA today called on the California Senate to endorse AB 1122, legislation that would put a stop to live animal sales at temporary retail venues such as flea markets, swap meets and parking lots.  AB 1122, introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, has already been passed by the California Assembly and has now moved to the Senate for consideration. A hearing on AB 1122 by The California Senate Public Safety Committee is expected to be held on Tuesday, June 23.

Heading for Greener Pastures

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Forget about gold watches!  Carrots and apples were the retirement gifts for two SFPD Mounted Unit horses, Kenny and Chip, who hung up their saddles (and shoes) on June 16, 2009.  The horses were officially turned over to San Francisco SPCA President Jan McHugh-Smith at a signing ceremony at the Mounted Unit's stables in Golden Gate Park.  Since 1918, The SF/SPCA has been providing lifetime care for police horses that are retired due to age or illness.  

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