Get your pet fixed for free at the SPCA this month! »
That’s right, FREE! But only during February. You may recall we broached this subject earlier this month, as Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Katherine Heigl, Rachael Ray, and Vegansaurus are all advocates of getting your pet FIXED! There are too many unwanted animals that end up in shelters everyday. Listen to
Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M. and co-president of the SF SPCA, says, “We hope our efforts will encourage pet guardians across the city to make the responsible choice to have their pet spayed or neutered. If you want San Francisco to be a No-Kill city, the most important thing you can do is spay or neuter your pet.”
You can schedule an appointment at (415) 554.3030, and learn more online. We also got a tip that people cancel their appointments every day. So if you neglect to make one, or all the spaces are filled, you could still get in by calling the SPCA in the morning to see if any appointments have opened up. This means fasting your dog or cat the night before, but it will be worth it if you can get in there!
Valentine’s Weekend Adoptathon at the SF SPCA! »
Looking for a child or romantic partner, but too busy/tired/misanthropic/low-wage-earning? Room for love in your heart, but no space for another human in your life? You need a pet, my friends! And just in time for Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day, and Palentine’s Day*), the SF SPCA is hosting an Adoptathon! Get the pet you need at the price you can afford! Attend an animal-behavior workshop! Get a tattoo of your pet! Meet an Animal Planet celebrity!
Beginning Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., attend a cocktail party at the SF SPCA Adoption Center hosted by Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell. Ken Een of Frisco Tattoo will doing animal-themed tattoos! The next day, Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can attend Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Mojo Workshop, and get his help finding the adoptable animal for you.
Throughout the weekend, the SF SPCA will offer reduced adoption fees on all cats and dogs over six months of age: $10 on Friday, $11 on Saturday, and $12 on Sunday. Yay, pets! Go find emotional fulfillment in a mammal that won’t ever lose interest in you, or find you anything but perfect.
*Feb. 13 and 15, respectively.
[photo of actual SF SPCA kitties by Nyxy via Flickr]
Teal Cat Project to give money to the SF SPCA! »
We love the Teal Cat Project, and are super excited to see the next litter of teal cats go up for adoption this week. We’re even more excited to learn that the latest recipient of Teal Cat funds is our own SF SPCA! Hooray!
Specifically, the SF SPCA’s Community Cats program, which spays and neuters feral cats all over the city. It’s great! Population control is the most effective way to date of dealing with homeless cats, and we’re so happy to see national attention paid to a local agency doing its best to help animals.
We don’t know when exactly the new teal cats will be available for purchase, but you can keep up with the Teal Cat Project on Facebook, and when the time comes, buy your own teal cat (and assorted merch) at their store. Congratulations to the SF SPCA on the funds! And thanks to all you CCLs for donating and buying the cats, to help realize the dream of a world in which every real cat has a happy home.
[photo via the Teal Cat Project]
Check out the SF SPCA’s holiday windows at Macy’s Union Square! »
I know, it is basically the SF SPCA blog over here lately, but we are on Krista’s mailing list and she has a lot to say right now! Hi, Krista!
Every year the SF SPCA and Macy’s Union Square get together to promote local animal adoption, by designing fancy winter-holiday (Christmas) windows to show off all the cutie-pie puppies and kittens you could adopt as your winter-holiday present to yourself, because you’ve been super-good this year and besides of which, giving a needy animal a home is a total mitzvah, better than getting all your loved ones exactly what they put on their wish lists.
Last year “about 300 animals featured in Macy’s holiday windows found new homes from the adoption center on the Main Floor and more than $70,000 in donations was raised for the SF SPCA.” Awesome job, shoppers.
If you’re not ready to adopt a new best friend right now, you can at least go see the animals and get in the holiday spirit—it’s too late to complain, CHRISTMAS IS HERE—when the adoptable animals are unveiled in their windows this Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Macy’s Union Square. Go be charmed! The SPCA windows will be up through Jan. 1, 2012.
[photo from the SF SPCA’s 2010 holiday windows; see more here]
SF SPCA says, please don’t bring your dogs to Occupy camps! »
At least, not in the Bay Area. The SF SPCA has confirmed three cases of parvovirus in dogs that were part of the OccupySF camp, all of whom are now being treated.
Parvo doesn’t fuck around! It is highly contagious and when left untreated will almost definitely kill your dog. Not everyone has vaccinated their animal pal, and if your dog hasn’t finished the series of shots that comprise the parvo vaccine treatment, don’t bring it around other dogs, OK?
Further, writes friend of Vegansaurus Krista of the SF SPCA, during the organization’s free veterinary clinic at OccupySF on Monday, “workers noted several dogs with signs of kennel cough. Symptoms of this highly contagious disease include dry ‘honking’ cough, nasal discharge, and general malaise that may progress to pneumonia.” They also noticed “several dogs with symptoms of Giardia.” NOT GOOD.
While dogs don’t suffer from the same week-long multi-symptom illness cycles that we humans do, they are still susceptible to communicable diseases, and the risk of contracting such diseases increases significantly when they’re sharing space with lots of strangers.
Of course we want to be with our dogs every minute of every day, but right now, Occupy camps are not the places to hang out with your best canine friends. Can you afford a pet-sitter? Or maybe you can take breaks from Occupying to walk and spend quality time with your dog, away from potential disease breeding grounds. The 99 percent does not have money for giant vet bills! And we love our dogs too much to risk their health.
Update 3:40 p.m.: James has been found! A lady bought him outside the Safeway on Mission, saw him on the news, and returned him! The SF SPCA says they plan to reunite—or really, unite—James with his new adoptive family at 5:30 today! Hooray!
Have you seen this puppy?
His name is James, and he was taken from the San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center yesterday afternoon. Krista Maloney of the SFSPCA writes that James is “a light brown and white mixed-breed puppy. He was scheduled to go home with his new adoptive family this evening. He has been neutered and his microchip number is 982000167765783.”
James is just eight weeks old, and was scheduled to go home with his adoptive family today, until he was PUPPY-NAPPED. How awful. Click through for the SF SPCA’s press release about poor James. If you have any information, please contact the SF SPCA at (415) 554.3029; there is a $500 reward for little James’ safe return.
This Saturday, September 24th, from 11am - 3pm on Octavia Street between Hayes and Fell, the SF SPCA is having a street party! There will be tons of awesome rescue organizations on hand to adopt from, all the pet arts and crafts and treats that a crazy cat or dog lady* could desire, vets and trainers to ask questions of, a dog kissing booth (buy that love!), music, raffles, and an all around barking good time. I don’t know what barking good time means but I felt compelled to write it so, a barking good day to all! See your animal loving asses on Saturday, let’s party!
*I write lady but I mean person. Crazy cat ladies come in all genders!
Say hello to Grandma Moses! Reader Jacqui says that Grandma Moses is all of 18 years old; Jacqui writes that “we adopted her from the SF SPCA when she was 16! She was/is in early stage kidney failure, so they gave us some free vet care and discounted/free supplies to help us take care of her. She is beautiful and perfect and occasionally she yells, usually when she wants fresh water.”
What a darling! Adopting elderly animals is a really sweet and caring choice; everyone wants an itsy bitsy teeny tiny perfect precious baby animal, right? Nope! Sometimes an older animal will fit into your life better than a brand-new kitten—you don’t have to baby-proof your house before adopting an older cat who just wants to hang out. I knew a girl who adopted an old pug, and although he was smelly and cranky and needed several medications—thanks, breeders!—he was her little pal and they both loved each other very much. An older animal may be your new best friend, too; consider it.
Hey you! The one complaining about how there’s no real activism in San Francisco! This is your chance to remedy all that: come to the Activist Showcase! It’s on Saturday Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SF SPCA (243 Alabama St. at 16th Street in the Mission). There will be networking and noshing! There will be sharing, requesting, and inspiring! There will be connecting, collaborating, and creating! SYNERGY!
I went last year and it was a great event; you learn about the exciting things other activists are doing and how to get involved. If you have a project that’s near and dear to your heart, you can find people here to connect with. The more people who attend, the better it is for everyone, especially the animals. Which is why we’re all here, right? Oh, I’m here to bitch about menu changes too, but you know, some real activism never hurt anybody. If you want to speak at the event about something you’d like to get collaborators for, email Josephine and let her know! If not, SEE Y’ALL THERE!