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    July 2, 2013

    Free Kittens! Go Get One. Now.

    You think you're tired of this heat wave? Try being piled in a cage at the SPCA with a handful of kitties competing for a home (preferably one with air conditioning). That's a lot of hot fur on an uncomfortably warm day. Hopefully, the heat hasn't melted you into an irritable grouch just yet. If s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Get Your Pooches and Smooches at the Whole Enchihuahua Dog Show

    Attention all pups and mutts: Get read to strut your stuff. This year's Whole Enchihuahua costume and awareness event is set to be fiercer and cuter than ever, as the Bay Area's most adorable pooches and their humans will meet in Dolores Park this Saturday for three hours of entertainment, wet kiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Ilagene "Jeanie" Quaglia Accused of Hoarding 53 Animals Busted With Kitten in Trunk of Car

    Monterey police have tracked down the woman who they say was hoarding 50-plus animals in her house -- and car. Police have arrested 59-year-old Ilagene "Jeanie" Quaglia who reportedly lived in the urine-soaked home at 1290 First Street where the animals were found living in three feet of garbage.

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    April 30, 2013

    SPCA Saves 48 Animals From Horrific Hoarder Living in Three Feet of Garbage

    Staff at the SPCA in Monterey County spent their Saturday night/Sunday morning rescuing a crowd of puppies, dogs, and cats from a home that was declared unsuitable even for humans. Beth Brookhouser, spokeswoman with the SPCA, said the cops called in the animal rescue team at about 1 a.m. after dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    SPCA Seeking Motherly Types to Help Care for Baby Birds

    If you're a mother experiencing empty nest syndrome, here's a great gig for you. Just like every Spring, animal shelters experience an overwhelming influx of baby birds in need of a mother hen to guide them. You could be that mother hen. This weekend, the Peninsula Humane Society is holding its fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    S.F. Cat Lovers to Let Random People Pick Out Their Next Tattoo to Help Homeless Pets

    When you refer to yourself as an animal lover, are you enough of one to let a complete stranger tattoo whatever they want on your body if it meant helping a dog or cat? Think about it. Two very brave SPCA employees, Laura Gretch and Daniel Quagliozzi, are going to let any moron with money design ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Here's Your Chance to Help Kids and Dogs This Holiday Season

    So 2012 was a bad year for you -- you lost your job or your home, or maybe you lost both your job and your home -- in that order. But here's your chance to end the year on a good note and do something great for everyone, yourself included. You can start by donating some new toys to San Francisco's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Don't Be a Scrooge This Christmas, Adopt a Homeless Animal

    If you are anticipating a lonely Thanksgiving followed by an even emptier Christmas, stop with the pity party and go get yourself a pet.Starting Friday, you can peruse the Macy's storefront in Union Square to check out the latest crop of available animals who are just as sad and lonely as you are ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Puppy Stolen From SPCA Found, Woman Arrested

    If you love puppies as much as you love Obama, then today is your day. The SPCA is happy to report that the adorable terrier mix pup who was stolen from the shelter last month has been found -- and she has a new home to boot. Krista Maloney tells us that on Nov. 2, Derek Davis, an SF SPCA employee, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Thief Snatches Unvaccinated Pup From SPCA, Reward Offered for Dog's Return

    Readers, please be on the lookout for Violet, a 10-week-old terrier mix who was brazenly snatched in broad daylight from the San Francisco SPCA yesterday afternoon. Krista Maloney, spokeswoman for the SPCA, tells us that the brown-and-white pup had recently arrived at the adoption center after Anima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Peninsula SPCA Is Giving Away Kittens, Go Get One Now

    If this weather makes you feel lonely and sad, then you probably are in need of a companion. Chin up: We found one -- or 20 -- for you. Go down to the Peninsula today and get your free kitty. We said FREE, damn it. Right now as we type, the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA is waiving adoption fees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Come Get Your Free Pet and Free Acupuncture for Your Pet This Weekend

    The San Francisco SPCA is once again giving away cats and dogs this weekend. Yes, you read that correctly -- they're FREE. So leave your wallet at home and head out to Hayes Valley to pick out your pooch. Afterward, go ahead and treat you and your pet to acupuncture, which will be available at this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Accused Cat Hoarders Appear in Court, Felines Reportedly Enjoying Life For a Change

    The two women accused of a heinous cat hoarding over in Monterey County appeared in court today where they pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of animal cruelty. As we informed you last month, Donna Johnson and her mother, Maggie Johnson, have been accused of hoarding and neglecting, to put in li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Usher Eats Vegan, Mickey D's Opens Veg Location, and Tater Tot Casserole Looks Lovely and Amazing!

    ​Guys, guys, guys--biggest news ever! R&B superstar Usher is eating vegan! And he wants the Biebs to go vegan too! I effing love Usher like whoa so I'm super pleased. Hopefully he will make the whole leap once he gets a little further into veganhood. And then JB will go vegan and make a line of ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Come Get Your Free Cat, Free Dog, and Free Cocktail This Weekend

    The San Francisco SPCA has, understandably, decided that with a little liquor in your system, you won't be able to look that sad, homeless puppy in the eyes and say "No."We have to say, that's a pretty damn good reason for the local animal shelter to offer free alcohol and free food along with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Cat Hoarders Charged, 51 Rescued Felines Are Enjoying Their Freedom (Video)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    SPCA Is Giving Away Kittens This Weekend

    After watching these zany acrocats, we can only assume you want a litter of your own. Well, you are in luck. Turns out, cats like to fuck like bunnies in late spring.early summer, which means the SPCA has more kitty offspring than they have space for. This is where you come in. Please adopt one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Family Accuses San Francisco SPCA of Cruelty and Mistreatment

    A San Francisco family launched what they hoped would be the next KONY 2012 campaign, claiming the San Francisco SPCA didn't give their pup, Daisy, the care she needed after barely surviving a car accident in the East Bay. The dog's owner, Pamela Fitzgerald, is claiming she was "stonewalled" by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    SPCA Will Pay You to Adopt a Chihuahua

    The Bay Area is still so desperate to shed animal shelters of Chihuahuas, that not only are they offering them for free, but they will actually pay you take one off their hands. The Peninsula Humane Society has pledged to give $10 to anyone who adopts a one of these little lap dogs this weekend at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    S.F. to Save Every Dog and Cat from Bad Pet Owners by 2020

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Skin for Sale: SPCA's Laura Gretch to Let Auction Decide Her Next Tattoo

    When we think of pet adoption drives, we think of Saturday mornings in a Petco parking lot, not tattoos, cocktails, and auctions. But the latter is what you'll get Friday night, as Laura Gretch of the San Francisco SPCA will get a tattoo -- one that's chosen by the highest bidder on an eBay auction. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Pup Tossed from Moving Car Found Alive

    Welcome home, Frosty!​We've been giving readers a lot of depressing news about dogs being shot and killed this week. So here's an uplifting story with a happy ending. Frosty, the cute 1-year-old poodle-terrier mix whose photo was plastered everywhere after being tossed from a moving car, has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Busted: Puppy Thieves Caught on Video (Photos)

    Earlier today, we gave readers a happy ending to the story of a adorable pit bull puppy that was brazenly snatched from the Mission District animal shelter just hours before he was scheduled to be adopted. Fortunately, a woman, who says she bought the dog outside a Safeway for $200, returned the pup ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011
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    January 24, 2011

    Help Stop Animal Hoarders, Spay and Neuter Your Dogs and Cats

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    SPCA Helps Find Homes For More Than 200 Cats and Dogs

    Breaking Free​It's true that San Francisco is not considered a pet-friendly city. Still, it did a pretty good job over the holidays luring cat and dog lovers to Union Square, and then convincing them to adopt the homeless animals. In November, the SPCA launched its Macy's pet display, hoping to fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    SPCA Adopts Out 200th Macy's Window Animal

    Yours for the taking...​A kitty named Marmoset yesterday was adopted out of the SPCA's Union Square Macy's display window, marking the 200th creature to find a home since the display opened on Nov. 19. Sadly, however, the SPCA is off the pace required to meet its goal of adopting out 320 dogs or c ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010
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    November 23, 2010

    SPCA Macy's Window Has Slow Opening Weekend

    You resisted his charms. Your loss. ​Vast throngs of shoppers cooed over the exorbitantly cute puppies and kitties romping within the SPCA Macy's pet adoption display. But a far smaller number of people took the plunge and took home a critter. Since the SPCA has set a goal of 320 adoptions by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Puppies! Kitties! Macy's Pet Adoption Display Is Here.

    What kind of cold-hearted bastard are you? Adopt him! ​People who love doggies and kitties -- and love adopting them, hint, hint -- can now fawn over the Macy's SPCA Adoption display. The pet-to-be display was unveiled on Friday at Union Square and will run until Jan. 2. A goal has been set to ado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Want to Adopt One of These Adorable Kittens? Name Your Price.

    Jack Daniels the wonderkitty​The miraculous return of Jack Daniels, the bi-coastal, visually impaired kitty has brought plenty of press attention to the San Francisco's SPCA. Adoption applications for Jack Daniels -- who was abducted from San Francisco last year, then identified by a microchip in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    SPCA Triumphs in Legal Dogfight, Wins $500,000 Inheritance

    Ring, ring! Bad news, Hearing Dog Program...​After a lengthy legal dogfight, an appeals court judge has handed the San Francisco SPCA a half-million dollar inheritance. The battle was sparked last year when the Hearing Dog Program -- a nonprofit formed two years ago when the SPCA gutted its 29-yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Pssst, Buddy -- Wanna Buy a Used Cat? SPCA's $10 Kitty Ploy Divides S.F. Animal Activists.

    ​An automotive-themed SPCA promotion promising "certified pre-owned cats" -- no money down, zero percent APR, you can meow it away today -- has split the city's animal activist community. But, then, this may be progress -- when SPCA policies are brought up, the city's kitty and puppy people usuall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Detractors Rejoice After SPCA President Jan McHugh-Smith Announces Departure

    Jan McHugh-Smith​The brief and controversial reign of San Francisco SPCA President Jan McHugh-Smith will end in March of 2010. At that point she'll pack up and move back to Colorado and begin a job with Humane Society Pike's Peak Region, the largest animal shelter in southern and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Critics Slam SPCA's Hiring Priorities As Valuing Money Over Animal Welfare

    A neat trick​Less than a month after shedding 22 employees -- 15 percent of its workforce -- the San Francisco SPCA is hiring again. It is not, however, seeking trainers or other personnel who work directly with animals to replace the many who were shown the door in the latest round of budget-rela ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    SPCA Thanks Volunteers for Their Efforts, Reminds Them To Keep Mouths Shut

    ​The San Francisco SPCA is in the news for the wrong reasons of late: a scathing feature in Northside Magazine; layoffs of 15 percent of the workforce (which critics say will expedite the euthanization of animals in the name of economic savings); and a TV report in which SPCA brass admitted they'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    More Shake-Ups at San Francisco SPCA

    ​ After being closed all day Thursday for a series of mandatory staff meetings, San Francisco's SPCA re-opened today -- but not, it seems, with all the services available previously. The SPCA has now posted on its Web site that its internationally renowned Academy for Dog Trainers -- which instruc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    San Francisco SPCA Offers to Train Deaf Woman's Dog Over the Phone

    'Sit!'​A woman who obtained her assistance dog from the San Francisco SPCA several years ago has told SF Weekly that she was shocked that an SPCA trainer e-mailed her asking if her scheduled in-person refresher training session could instead be conducted over the phone. While dog-training over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    What Do You Do When You Lose Out on $500,000 Inheritance? Hold $500 Garage Sale.

    Readers may recall a series of stories we wrote earlier this year about San Francisco's Hearing Dog Program. The non-profit, composed of former employees of the 30-year-old program abruptly discontinued by the SPCA in 2008, in April lost in a court case in which it claimed that it was the rightful b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Department of D'oh: Hearing Dog Program Releases Promotional Video -- Neglects to Add Captions For Benefit of Hard-of-Hearing

    Not long ago, we wrote about San Francisco's Hearing Dog Program, a recently formed nonprofit staffed by the folks who used to run the SPCA's program (until it was essentially disbanded last year). The Hearing Dog Program recently lost its legal dogfight with the SPCA to claim a $500,000 bequest -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Urban Cat Hunting: Out Trapping Feral Felines For the SPCA

    The sun was starting to dip beneath the horizon when the call came in. It was supposed to be a relatively easy job -- we were to finish cleaning up a colony out by Ocean Beach. Four kitties had already been bagged and, tonight, our mission was to snare the lone holdout -- a stubborn little tortoises ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Dog Day Afternoon: Battle Over $500K Bequest For Hearing Dog Program Continues Today

    Which organization will be top dog? Throw a pile of food on the ground, and all but the most beatific dogs will scramble for what's theirs. Turns out, if you do the same thing with a pile of money, hearing dog programs don't share well, either. When a $500,000 bequest was recently awarded to the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Legal Dogfight Over $500K Bequest Remains Unresolved

    A legal battle over which hearing dog program is entitled to a half-million dollar bequest went into overtime yesterday. The Hearing Dog Program, a San Francisco nonprofit formed by the workers laid off by the San Francisco SPCA when it liquidated its 29-year-old hearing dog program in 2008, objecte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Every Dog Has His Day -- In Court: $500,000 Bequest Spurs Legal Dogfight

    Not quite a year after it abruptly curtailed its 29-year-old hearing dog program and all but frog-marched several workers out of the building, the San Francisco SPCA is now claiming that, no, the hearing dog program never really ended -- and the SPCA should get a $500,000 bequest earmarked for the p ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008
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    June 25, 2008
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    June 3, 2008

    Photos: Saturday's Hearing Dog Program Protest

    San Francisco Society’s Hearing Dog Program Protest S.F. Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (250 Florida St.) May 31, 2008 Notes and Photos by Edward Paik Holding placards in one hand and canine leashes in the other, volunteers and supporters of San Francisco’s Hearing Dog Program gat ... More >>

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