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Cats as your favorite beat poets. Yes. »
In honor of the Contemporary Jewish Museums Ginsberg exhibit, they’ve teamed up with SF SPCA to honor the beats’ favorite pet: the kitty!
The connection is natural as Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs all owned and were photographed with their cats. Kerouac mourned deeply after his cat died. And Burroughs wrote a book solely on cats, titled, The Cat Inside.
And as the post proposes, these shelter cats have lived beat lives. Above is Thistle as Burroughs:
Thistle easily evokes Burroughs with his long limbs, quiet demeanor, and bony face with large protruding eyes. Poor Thistle had a hairball. We feared he was taking his role of Burroughs too seriously. He looked unwell for a moment and we feared he was going to vomit. But a true champion, he pulled it together, kept it all in, and we finished. Thistle then nodded out in front of the typewriter after the shoot.
And here’s Dorothy as Ginsberg:
Crazy beat cats! Check out the rest of the portraits.
This fun-filled afternoon includes a doggie costume contest, food trucks, live mariachi music, adoptable animals, an exciting dog rally training course, Ask-A-Trainer Q&A, Ask-A-Vet Q&A, free dental checks for dogs, pet-related vendors, and more.
Chihuahua mixes represent a disproportionately large and growing percentage of dogs in Bay Area shelters. The Whole Enchihuahua aims to educate the public about Chihuahua overpopulation, while giving San Franciscans an excuse to spend a fun day in the park among adorable dogs!
Want your own little big-eyed pocket-puppy pal? The SF SPCA can introduce you to some little dogs in need of forever homes. After all, having a dog can save your life.
Need more convincing? Look at some photos of last year’s event! Tiny fancy dogs in tiny fancy costumes!
The Whole Enchihuahua goes down on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m. in Dolores Park, and the costume contest starts at 2. Get details (many, many details) at SF SPCA. ¡Olé!
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[photo via SF SPCA]
SF SPCA’s holiday window display of adoptable animals debuts Friday at Macy’s! »
Catch the unveiling of the SF SPCA’s annual holiday window display of adorable, adoptable animals at Macy’s Union Square on Friday! Beat back your case of Seasonal Affective Disorder with an eyeful of baby animals who want to be your best friend!
Last year this display led to more than 325 animals finding forever homes, and almost $80,000 for the SF SPCA! Awesome. Also of note:
The SF SPCA needs volunteers to help spread the holiday cheer at Windows by greeting the public, collecting donations, and directing visitors to the SF SPCA pop-up adoption center inside Macy’s. The 2-hour shifts do not require special training. Groups are welcome, and children are invited to volunteer alongside their parents. For details or to sign up, visit sfspca.org/holiday-volunteer or call (415) 554-3008.
Each holiday window will be equipped with a video camera that streams images to sfspca.org/holiday, so you can watch the kittens and puppies from your computer.
For those who can’t make it to Macy’s, the SF SPCA will be waiving the adoption fee on adult animals adopted from the permanent SF SPCA Adoption Center at 250 Florida St. [from] Nov. 16 to Jan. 1, 2013.
Check out the window unveiling at 5 p.m. on Friday at Macy’s Union Square, at the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell streets in San Francisco. Yes, the darkness encroaches as the winter solstice draws nearer, but an animal companion warms your heart (and lap) even on the coldest nights.
[Photos by Jennifer Jamieson for the SF SPCA]
It’s another SF SPCA and 7x7 dog adoption event!
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Hayes Valley hosts the second annual Dogma street fair, sponsored by 7x7 and the SF SPCA, where people coming without pets better be there to adopt one. Pets! They improve your life in infinite ways!
This year’s Dogma is pretty impressive; in addition to free adoptions from the SF SPCA, you can adopt from other agencies like SF Animal Care and Control, Muttville, Loup Garou, SF Chihuahua Meetup, SaveABunny, and MickaCoo. There will be all kinds of dog-happy events and deals from pet-friendly/-centric businesses, and a talent show!
Mainly, you need to get yourself (and your pet, if you have a pet who goes on outings) to Octavia Boulevard between Hayes and Fell streets on Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. For more details, click through!
To do this weekend: SF SPCA Homecoming Adoptathon! »
We love the SF SPCA and we love adopted animals,* which makes this weekend’s Homecoming Adoptathon an ideal even for those of us—you, me, everyone else—without a companion animal to find one, already, and fill that hole our hearts we are currently stuffing artisan vegan cheese into with a furry creature who really will love us back. Fuck a human friend, what you want is an animal. Dogs don’t think you drink too much! Cats maybe are a little concerned with your “professional” wardrobe but they would never say so. And bunnies are never too tired to greet after another endless workday with a full minute of I-love-you hops.
The SF SPCA is ready to help you remedy that forever alone situation this weekend, with two days of adoptathon fun. On Friday, Sept. 14, get down with free booze and free adoptions, plus food from Voodoo Van, which appears to have one vegan option (though you’ll be in the Mission, legit snacks won’t be far off); adoptions are on from 1 to 8 p.m., reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Then on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., continue wooing the animal companion of your dreams with free adoptions, plus a foster care bake sale, and Q&A with a trainer. You know you have to train your dog if you adopt one, right? An untrained dog is an unhappy dog! Plus you can’t take it to the park to play with the other dogs if s/he never learned to socialize. The adoptathon continues on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with more free adoptions and more bake sale.
Are you ready for a furry best friend of your very own? Maybe a dog small enough to put in a large bag, who loves to catch (soft!) frisbees and curl up behind your knees for an afternoon nap? Or someone with big paws and jaws to wrestle with? Someone to call your “four-legged child” because you and your partner aren’t into human kids? The SF SPCA wants to make those dreams come true this weekend. So get over there and make yourself and a lonely animal happy.
For more information, visit the SF SPCA online.
*Yes, Vegansaurus is built on relentless, hyperbolic enthusiasm, but we really do love you.
This Sunday! It’s Dogs Day on the Bay! »
This Sunday July 22 Hornblower Cruises is hosting a fundraiser for the SF SPCA from 11am - 1pm. The annual Dog Day on the Bay event is a champagne brunch cruise around the SF Bay and you can bring your dogs! Dope! We’re assured there will definitely be vegan food options. All the details can be found on their website. Now, let’s look at this hella cute graphic and marvel at how FUCKING ADORABLE cartoon dogs are.
You know me, always on the ad beat! We’ve been following BBDO San Francisco’s awesome anti-puppymill ads for the SF SPCA and here’s possibly the best one yet. It’s a great mix of funny, educational, and macabre. How great is the dog’s depression face? Only second to the depression face every dog in a cone collar makes.
One guy in the comments on SF Egoist is like, “yeah but it’s not the puppies’ fault they were born in a puppy mill! They should get homes too!” Yeah, dummy, after the SPCA raids that mofo and takes all the mommies out of there. But really, of course all dogs deserve a home, truth is though that millions of dogs aren’t going to get one. The dogs in shelters deserve homes too and getting one there happens to fund rescue efforts instead of more animal torture and overpopulation. So, there’s that.
Hey Bay Area chihuahua-owners and admirers! Get to Dolores Park on Saturday, June 2, for an awareness event all about your favorite tiny dog! The SF SPCA and 7x7 magazine are hosting The Whole Enchihuahua, a fun-times outdoor event for you and your titchy canine!
There’ll be a costume contest (exclusively for dogs who enjoy dressing up), food trucks, a prize wheel, a mariachi band, a vet to answer your burning (not literally) (we hope) pet-health questions, and an adoption event! You could meet the chihuahua of your dreams—or some other animal, they’re flexible.
Check out the details at 7x7, including the giant prize package for the costume contest winner. Whether you love those little buggers up close or from afar, this is the event for you.