A Profile of the San Francisco SPCA By Vivek Kesaree

14 Jul

I assumed that a city teeming with residents who regularly work 60-hour weeks, commute 2 hours a day, and spend most of their leisure time looking for parking would be void of any real pets. It wasn’t until I read that San Francisco is one of the top ten dog-friendly cities in the US that I noticed the many dog parks nestled throughout the city’s tight neighborhoods. I started volunteering at the SPCA for a few days a month while nursing my own fantasy of life with a dog. In 2006, I adopted my dog from the San Francisco SPCA.

A charitably supported nonprofit founded in 1868, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) is devoted to caring for, saving, and protecting dogs and cats. Additionally, the society endeavors to educate the community in such responsible practices as neutering and spaying to control the population of neglected animals in the greater Bay Area. In general, the mission of the SFSPCA is to enhance the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Relying solely on donations from member supporters, the SFSPCA provides services such as humane education, public dog-training instruction, animal-assisted therapy, and the provision of medicine. In addition, it has recently constructed the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. During 2010, the shelter assisted in the care or adoption of more than 1,500 dogs and 3,200 cats.

The SFSPCA also has a no-kill policy. This means that no dog or cat will ever be euthanized. This is not the case in many parts of California and the US. In fact, volunteers often drive to other shelters located far away, and often at their own personal expense, to rescue animals and bring them to places such as SFSPCA so that their lives will be spared. My dog was one of these dogs. For more information on this caring and dedicated nonprofit, visit www.sfspca.org.

About the author: A business development professional, Vivek Kesaree is a supporter of the San Francisco SPCA.

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