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.


Hey NYC: Do you have room in your heart for sweet Johnny “Goggles”?  »

LOOK AT THAT FACE!!! This is Johnny “Goggles” and he is on death row at the Manhattan Animal Care and Control shelter. Really, he could be euthanized any day now and reader Kim wants to see him get a home instead! She’s been spending time with him and says he’d make the perfect dog for some lucky household. Kim and her boyfriend have already adopted a dog and cannot afford to take Johnny in as well but they think he’s so wonderful, they’ve actually offered to help cover his adoption fees for someone that can give him a great new home. 

Johnny is three years old, a pit bull mix with a brindle and white coat. Kim says Johnny appears to have been abused or neglected in his past but is still incredibly sweet and loves affection. OMG I’m crying!

Here’s what some shelter volunteers had to say about Johnny’s personality; the first writes:

I’ve nicknamed Johnny “goggles” because of the brown mask of fur around his eyes. It’s just one of the many sweet, silly qualities this very nice boy has going for him. While some of the other dogs were jumping and barking in their kennels, trying to get my attention, Johnny stayed still, hoping to make eye contact and guilt me into walking him next. It worked, and off we went. Johnny has awesome leash skills, though he does zig-zag a little—a funny trait that makes me think he must be so happy to be outside seeing and sniffing so many fascinating things, he can’t decide where to direct his eyes and nose next. He’s social and friendly with other dogs and minds his manners around people. It helps that he’s so handsome, with a gorgeous white and brindle coat that earned him compliments on the sidewalk. Come meet our Johnny, a dog with so much potential to be a best friend and protector.

Another volunteer writes:

Here’s what Johnny Goggles loves: long walks, feeling the leaves crunch under his paws, sniffing the ground (and finding a couple of French fries left behind in a fast food container, yum!), sitting on a park bench next to his person like a king, and having his back and butt scratched endlessly. Now here’s what Johnny doesn’t love: watching so many other dogs come in the shelter and then get adopted, never knowing if and when he’ll have a loving home of his own. Let’s help Johnny, a medium-size guy with serious BFF potential, find his forever family very soon.

His I.D. number is JOHNNY - ID#A916477.

If you’d like to help Johnny, you can contact the Manhattan Animal Care and Control center—Kim suggests going to the center in person if you can because it’s difficult to connect with the center via phone or email. Kim says you can email her if you need further assistance. She even said she’d be happy to meet with you and accompany you to the shelter to save this dog. So nice! She just really wants to see him saved. So if you’ve been looking to adopt, what are you waiting for? This guy doesn’t have much time. 


Hey NYC: Take this sweet guy in from the cold!  »

Pepe needs a home! A volunteer from the Pets for Life NYC program sent me an email about this cute dog: “He’s been living alone in a fenced-in lot in the Bronx for over a month, and although kindly neighbors are feeding and watering him he’s going to need a foster, adopter or rescue before it gets cold.”  

If you think you can foster or adopt Pepe, contact

Here’s where Pepe’s been living:

Here’s a more detailed description from a volunteer:

Pepe is a lovely, young, rottie, shepherd, pit mix who was left in a lot after his owner was arrested. Local residents have been feeding him and giving him water and Pets for Life NYC bought him an insulated dog house to keep him warm. Pepe as you can see in the photos is a wonderfully friendly dog. He sits for treats and has a very soft mouth when taking treats. He did not resource guard when our volunteer took away toys and food from him. He also did not show any guarding behavior over his fenced in space. He licked our volunteer in the face throughout the duration when our volunteer was putting together the dog house. Pepe is not neutered and showed some humping and over-stimulation with our volunteer which is to be expected from a young, unneutered dog with his energy level who has been getting little physical or mental stimulation. However, the behavior never escalated and our volunteer was easily able to control Pepe by offering hm some treats which he sat for on command. He’s a great dog and we are hopeful a rescue group may take him before the cold sets in.


This is Barley, an adult shepherd mix who needs a home! How cute is he? My friend’s family is fostering him and looking for a great person to adopt him, so let’s spread word!

From his foster family:
Barley is a friendly companion and a good dog, as simple as that. He’s laid-back, sweet, obedient, quiet, and a real pleasure to be with. He appreciates every pet, cuddle and walk. Barley loves exploring the outdoors—if you want a hiking or hunting companion, he’s your boy, though he’ll be just as happy as a casual walking buddy. Barley knows basic commands, is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and is housebroken. He could live well with a calm, socialized dog, but needs a cat-free home.

Barley’s a downright good dog that’s constantly passed by for one who’s just a bit younger or a bit smaller. Even though most of us would love a dog as laid-back as Barley, he is overshadowed time and time again by shelter mates who are more vocal, energetic, or pleading as an adopter walks through the shelter. His manners are misperceived as complacency.

As well, Barley has a common condition called DLE, a mild form of lupus that means he just needs a few meds every day and sunscreen on his nose. So his health is great, his nose just looks a little funny, so he’s not getting the attention such a beautiful dog normally would! BONUS: the shelter working with him has promised to pay for his lupus meds for his entire life!

You can read more about Barley on his petfinder page. To meet Barley or learn more, contact Renee at (203) 918.5864  or

Please help spread the word and let’s find this cutie a home!!!

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