About Our Shelter...
Founded in 1868, the San Francisco SPCA is the nation's fourth humane society and the first west of the Mississippi. We have become one of San Francisco's most enduring and respected institutions, as well as a national leader in saving homeless cats and dogs.
Each year, The SF/SPCA find homes for thousands of dogs and cats and provides veterinary care to as many as 30,000. Our subsidized Spay/Neuter Clinic has performed procedures on approximately 150,000 cats and dogs, greatly reducing the number of surplus kittens and puppies.
Our Adoption Process...
The SF SPCA believes in an adoption approach that considers important details for finding the right fit, such as a person's home, interests and lifestyle. We then match those with an animal's social, exercise and training needs.
Unlike “pass/fail” application programs, we strive to match people and animals through education and discovery. We accomplish this through conversation to create an effective, pleasant adoption experience — and most important — to make lasting matches.
Each situation, adopter and animal requires a different approach. And while we reserve the right to refuse an adoption, we always make every effort to work with you to address concerns or find the most appropriate companion animal.
Please plan on spending at least one hour for the adoption process — we’re confident that you’ll agree that this small investment of time will be well worth the countless hours of enjoyment that will result from finding “the perfect match.”
Requirements for Adoption
Before falling in love with one of our animals, please make sure you are aware of the following:
Adopters must be at least 18 years old and present valid photo ID with proof of current address.
Some adoptions require attendance of a training class.
We encourage or may require all household members to meet the new dog or cat prior to adoption.
If you have a dog and want to adopt another, please bring your resident dog.
Written landlord approval, proof of home ownership, and/or home visit may be required.
While we always make every effort to work with you to address concerns or find the most appropriate companion animal, we do reserve the right to refuse an adoption.