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Good Things are Happening in SF!

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Love at first sight. (CC) Tambako

SF SPCA Unites with Pets Unlimited

The 146-year-old San Francisco SPCA, first animal welfare organization in the nation to adopt a “no-kill” policy for abandoned and surrendered animals, has joined forces with Pets Unlimited, a nonprofit that has been rehabilitating and adopting out cats and dogs for more than 60 years. The merger means clients and the community can now benefit from two state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals and adoption centers, one in Pacific Heights and one in the Mission.

Joining Forces in San Francisco

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Better Together. (CC) cskk
Abandoned and unwanted animals are a burden for any city, but the San Francisco SPCA, through a campaign to address overpopulation, barriers to vet care and behavior issues, has turned the tables to achieve an unprecedented 91 percent “live release” rate of formerly homeless dogs and cats. And now that SF SPCA and Pets Unlimited are merging, San Francisco can proclaim itself the most humane city in the country. more »

Upcoming Events at SF SPCA

May 30 - 31 Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days is back!
The San Francisco SPCA is kicking things off with a cocktail party on Friday, May 29 at the Mission campus. Adoption fees will be waived all weekend to help animals find their new home. Last year, SF SPCA sent home 128 animals during Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days. They hope to double that number this year. more »

San Francisco SPCA 2015

Marco the dog
Meet Marco.
As part of its lifesaving work, the San Francisco SPCA provides a safe, caring haven for many dogs who'd otherwise fall through the cracks because of age, breed, medical condition, or sheer bad luck. Just like Marco here. Whether at one of the SFSPCA's facilities or in the care of one of its many foster homes, they soak up the TLC — and reveal their true selves — while they wait for the human of their dreams. more »

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Wags N Wine happening in Napa Valley

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Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation is proud to present Wags N Wine, Napa Valley fundraising event on Saturday, March 28 at the beautiful Peju Province Winery in Rutherford. An evening of great food & fun featuring live entertainment, a Pooch Pageant, and a special canine demonstration by the St. Helena Police Department. more »

Dog Travel Events


Wags N Wine - Supper in the Vineyards
March 28, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
8466 Saint Helena Highway, Rutherford, California 94573
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Love Your Pet Expo Super Adoption Event
April 18, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
21923 Dersch Road, Anderson, California 96007
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Stroll Downtown Pleasanton
May 6, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
410 Main St., Pleasanton, California 94566
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Adoption Event
May 9, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
609 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, California
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Vet Buzz

The Value of Crate Training

By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, San Francisco SPCA

Some dog owners believe crate training is cruel and dogs should not be confined. The truth is that a crate, if introduced correctly, can be a safe haven and a great place for a dog. A crate can provide a great sense of security and stability for your dog. Keep in mind that it is important that spending time in the crate is introduced correctly and gradually and all experiences in the crate are positive. more »

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