San Francisco Aid for Animals

San Francisco Aid for Animals

1000 Broadway, Ste. 480
c/o Community Initiatives
Oakland, California 94607
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E-mail: info@sfafa.org

San Francisco Aid for Animals was founded in 2011 by four San Francisco veterinarians who became alarmed by the number of pets being euthanized or surrendered because many owners could not afford to pay for their pet’s veterinary care.

In response to this need, they began raising money through donations and in 2012 began providing grants to San Francisco area veterinarians to help pet guardians pay for their pet’s urgent, treatable medical conditions.

San Francisco Aid for Animals is an all-volunteer organization and is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives a 501(C) (3) not for profit organization in San Francisco.

San Francisco Aid for Animals, veterinary services for families in need, dog rescue

The economy is taking a dire toll on families, and unprecedented numbers of dogs are ending up in shelters and rescues as a result. All too often, abandonment is the result of the dog developing a medical issue and the financially strapped owner being told that the only option for treatment, when one exists at all, is surrendering the dog.  When the dog has otherwise been well cared for and the family is otherwise happy together, this is a huge lose-lose-lose. It's a lose for the humans who have their hearts broken, it's a lose for the shelter or rescue that has scarce resources taken up for a dog who might otherwise be able to stay home. And it's especially a lose for the dog in the all too common situation where shelter personnel decide he's prohibitively expensive to treat and euthanize him instead. Recognizing this situation, two local organizations recently have been formed to help keep dogs with their families by providing veterinary services to those who need them, regardless of finances. In San Francisco, the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association just launched San Francisco Aid for Animals. Meanwhile, in the East Bay, the PAW Fund has hosted vaccination clinics and provided everything from flea treatment to major surgery to dogs who otherwise faced a grim future. They can use help in all forms, from volunteers to donated vehicles, so please pitch in if you can!

Thanks to  San Francisco Aid for Animals, Riot, shown here with his dad Peter, received lifesaving surgery and is now back with his family. more »
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