Of course you were stoked to find the adorable pup with a bow around its neck under your Christmas tree. But as the New Year kicks in (and it has kicked pretty hard), so does the reality of owning a new pet. That reality comes in the form of dog shit on your carpet and a cat that's clawing away at ... More >>
Many a cat owner has come off as foolish when claiming her or she knows what his or her kitties desire. But litigation is usually avoided. That's not the case with Oakland-based Clorox, maker of Fresh Step kitty litter. Commercials in which the company implied that cats actually prefer their product ... More >>
Here's some great news to add a little cheer to this foggy day. Those adorable adult cats that were rescued from two Monterey County animal hoarders last month are getting a little spring back into their step.All 51 felines are making a slow yet very happy recovery at the SPCA shelter, where they re ... More >>
Just like former Mayor Gavin Newsom had ambitious and well-intentioned plans to find every homeless person a home by 2014, the local SPCA has crafted a somewhat similar plan to spare all San Francisco cats and dogs from the same kind of hopelessness. By 2020, the San Francisco SPCA says it will c ... More >>
It is no secret that cats are a nefarious species of mammal. Dirtier than the pig and more vicious than the wolverine, felis silvestris catus must be applauded for using its estimable wiles to colonize the homes of its comparatively guileless cohabitant, homo sapiens. The debate over whether love ... More >>
Greyhound lovers everywhere want Skechers to dump its new Super Bowl ad before it airs on Feb. 5 -- and it's not necessarily because they'd rather see a sweaty Kim Kardashian on screen.The group is upset by the fact that the ad was shot at a racetrack in Tucson, Ariz., which the group claims mistrea ... More >>
maplegirlie/FlickrThis pit bull looks friendly enough, but the breed overall is having some rough news days.Pit bull advocates will argue that the breed is unfairly mauled by the media, and yesterday's altercation between a pit and a cop in Bernal Heights is only giving the pups more negative pre ... More >>
So getting your dog and cat neutered probably won't cure society of animal hoarding, but you can be sure that if there are fewer pets procreating, then there are certainly fewer pets out there to hoard.Fix this problem With so many abandoned pets crowding the shelters, the San Francisco SPCA has ... More >>
Let Me Roam FreelyIn a city where there are more pooches than there are kids, you don't really want to be on the wrong side of dog owners.The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a federal organization that owns popular dog-roaming spaces, wants owners to put leashes on their dogs. The agency dr ... More >>
'I just flew in from the coast...'A flock of cockatiels wasn't a band in the 1980s. There was no signature "flock of cockatiels" haircut. A flock of cockatiels is, literally, a flock of cockatiels -- and you can find one now at San Francisco's Animal Care and Control. The repository of pets-to-be ... More >>
Please don't kill mePet owners allege that Bio Spot and Spot On tick and flea repellent sent their cats and dogs into seizures -- and,in some cases, killed them -- in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco. In some instances, the owners euthanized their pets after they suf ... More >>
Suddenly, much less funny...The 33-year-old man witnesses claim stabbed a dog at Fort Funston will likely be arrested this week, according to park ranger George Durgerian. "We know who the man is and he's requested an attorney," he says. "It's pending -- we believe an arrest is happening this wee ... More >>
Joe EskenaziDon't bother asking how much that doggie in the window is...This morning, we wrote about a proposal to ban the sale of any pets (other than fish) within city limits. The suggestion seemed a little extreme to us. But, then, we never had to sign the papers condemning countless doggies, ... More >>
Eating. Always eating.If you have a baby or a pet then you know that, annoyingly, they like to eat. Sometimes more than once a day. And if you don't feed them, you won't hear the end of it. And on top of it all, you have to pay for the food you feed them. It's a rotten deal, and one we don't envy ... More >>
A brutal dog attack in Nob Hill has revived the city's battle over canine control. Here's why it's going to get worse.
Joe EskenaziShops the cat, 19, is the benevolent monarch of the city's Central Shops maintenance yardDave Del Grande has been working at the city's Central Shops for nearly 25 years. He started as a mechanic and worked his way all the way up to operations director. Any dinged up city vehicle -- r ... More >>
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