Press Releases

Heading for Greener Pastures

Thursday, June 18, 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.  

The San Francisco SPCA Protests State Budget Cuts

Monday, June 8, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA today voiced its opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal to reduce the State’s $24 billion budget deficit by weakening the Hayden Bill and further imperiling the lives of thousands of homeless companion animals. The Governor’s recommendation would cut the Bill’s mandated holding period to three days, resulting in a one-tenth of one percent reduction, or $24 million, in the State’s massive deficit. The Hayden Bill, also known as the “Animal Adoption Mandate,” was passed in 1997.

San Francisco SPCA Endorses Legislation to End Animal Sales at Flea Markets

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA today welcomed legislation introduced into the California Legislature by Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) in February and pledged whole-hearted support for its passage. AB 1122, co-sponsored by the State Humane Association of California and the California Animal Association, seeks to end the sales of animals at temporary retail venues such as swap meets, parking lots, and flea markets.

A Pre-emptive Strike that Saves Lives!The San Francisco SPCA Marks Spay Day USA 2009 -- Tuesday, February 24

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA is marking the15th annual Spay Day USA on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. Spay Day USA has been designated by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a national day of action to encourage people to spay or neuter their companion animals.

"Spay/Neuter is a critical component of the general raising of consciousness about the challenges facing our fragile environment," SF/SPCA President Jan McHugh-Smith said today. "Preventing the births of millions of unwanted dogs and cats each year is the 'green' thing to do for the planet."

Kitty Blog Claws Its Way to Top Ten

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Litter Did You Know," the official blog of The San Francisco SPCA Cat Behavior Program, was among SFGate's top ten most popular blogs in March with more than 14,000 page views. Written by two "kindred & cat-obsessed spirits," cat behavior counselors and Daniel Quagliozzi & Jamey Walker, the blog offers an inside view of cat-related goings-on at The SF/SPCA.

SF/SPCA Endorses AB233

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The San Francisco SPCA supports AB 233, presented by Assembly Member Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), to allow California taxpayers who adopt a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group to deduct the adoption fee on their state income taxes. The deduction will be made available from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2015, and allows for a maximum deduction of up to $300 per year.

San Francisco Named One of Ten Best Cities for Cats

Friday, March 27, 2009

Several San Francisco Animal Welfare organizations today celebrated the naming of San Francisco as one of the Top 10 Cat-Friendly Cities in the nation by the recently formed CATalyst Council. The CATalyst Council, a coalition of the veterinary community, academia, non-profits, industry and animal welfare organizations, hopes to call attention to the level of care cats receive in these 10 cities — and to set the bar for other cities to follow in the annual ranking. The overall goal is to improve the health of felines nationwide.