Mister (A377460) is a sleek handsome young fellow who is friendly and playful, and ready for a second chance at his forever home. Come meet him!
In October there's a LOT going on at ACC!
SFACC will participate in the Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair, Oct. 10&11 at the Marin Center in San Rafael. This event is a great adoption opportunity and the grounds are lovely and situated on a lush lagoon. The Pet Fair will feature more than 70 California pet rescues and shelters, including ACC. Admission and parking is free, and there will be free live shows, free activities for kids and dogs, food trucks, lots of giveaways and loads of vendors.
ACC and Friends are also busy preparing for their biggest annual event on Sunday, Oct. 25: ACC's Pet Pride Day 2015 in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park—a fun, festive and FREE event. Thanks to our top sponsor, Pet Food Express, this is our 22nd year celebrating the fluffiest-tail-wagging-feathered-scaled-finned citizens and the people who love them. On-site adoptions, rescue partners, parade, food, kids' activities, working dog demos, pet costumes, and pet tricks... we'll have it all. Bring your two- and four-legged family members to enjoy the festivities!
Thank you for supporting SFACC and helping our city's animals.
~Friends of SFACC
Shelter Hero—Ian Murphy,
Animal Control Officer
by Lisa Stanziano, ACC Volunteer
I first met Ian Murphy at the Pet Food Express Store on Market Street. He was the Community Events Manager and I was contacting him about bringing ACC adoptable dogs to the store, which has the ACC Satellite Adoption Center, housing available kitties all the time but no dogs. I was impressed with his friendly and helpful demeanor—he was so welcoming to the volunteers bringing dogs in (every third Thursday) and always made sure we had whatever we needed to introduce dogs to customers at the store. When I heard he was leaving PFE to work for Pets Unlimited (now the SPCA) on Fillmore and I thought—how lucky for PU and the animals there. Then when I learned that he was training to be an Animal Control Officer, I was thrilled. For him and for ACC! After 6 months of training, Ian is now sworn in as an ACO and protecting the animals of San Francisco.
Born in Concord, Ian grew up in Rodeo and went to college in Humboldt and ultimately Portland, Oregon. Although he had a strong interest in wildlife even then, he majored in literature, an area of study that is sometimes underrated but pays off big in situations where good communication is key to solving problems. And on the job as ACO, Ian uses that skill every day—talking to people, educating them about how to deal with wildlife encounters or helping with raccoon or bird rescues (lots of pigeons and crows). “When I started this job, I admit I was nervous, not knowing what would happen from one moment to the next. I sometimes thought ‘What have I gotten myself into?!’—I had only ever held one dead animal before.” Ian pushed through those early days and now he is not only more comfortable with the uncertain turn of events, he likes it! “The level of satisfaction I get from this job on a daily basis is more than I could have imagined. Knowing that I proactively make a difference in the lives of animals is very fulfilling.” One could say that Ian is now living out the passion for wildlife he had in college, but hadn’t quite found the right way to express.
One of the more memorable rescues during his training period? “Getting a 19-pound cat from beneath the body of a large naked woman who had been dead for a day, in an SRO hotel room. That was tedious!” Ian adds that he went directly from that call to one in AT&T Park for a raccoon that had been spotted by a concession stand employee. You never know what’s going to come up when you’re in the field!" ...Basically ACOs are on high alert most of the time, which makes a case for a 4 day, 10-hr. work week with 3 days to decompress. Sound like a good idea? Just saying.
As if working all day as an ACO isn’t enough, Ian found time to foster a medical case for Grateful Dogs Rescue. Snow, a white boxer mix, was available for adoption at ACC for a while. She is an unbelievably sweet young dog with an orthopedic medical condition requiring surgery that seemed to be keeping her from getting adopted. ACC’s long-time rescue partner, Grateful Dogs Rescue, sponsored her release and surgery but in order to do so, they needed a foster that could see her through her recovery. Ian decided to be that foster. Snow had the surgery, has made almost a full recovery and will likely be adopted soon. Ian knew that fostering can save an animal’s life, but he had never been so directly involved in the process before. Sometimes ACC doesn’t have the resources to treat a medical condition but a rescue group may be able to fund the treatment if they have a foster home for the animal. One of the Friends of SFACC’s programs, the Emergency Medical Fund, has also been pivotal in saving lives at ACC by paying for treatment beyond the basic care that the City can provide. If someone is unable to make a long term commitment to an animal, but can make a short term one, fostering is one of the things people can do to get the animals out of the shelter, into a more stable environment and on the path towards being adopted into a Forever Home.
Ian keeps an eye on the adoption board in the ACC lobby. “When I saw that Rohan (a dog who had been at ACC for months) was adopted, I was stoked! People don’t know the stressful path that an animal takes from being rescued, whether they are found by someone and brought to the shelter, or rescued from a freeway ledge by an ACO.” Starting with the intake process (getting shots and put into a strange kennel) to the evaluation for adoption, and then waiting to be adopted, sometimes for months, with many different humans around them all the time—imagine the stress for a dog or cat that’s used to living in an apartment with one person. Thank goodness for volunteers who give them love and the rescue groups who take on the difficult-to-adopt cases. And thank goodness for ACOs, like Ian, who often start the rescue process.
Adopt a Classic American Dog at ACC
These wonderful dogs will give you exercise, fun, and unconditional love. What more would you want in a best pal?
Scrumptious Andouille (
A376816) is a delightful little pudge with an eager-to-please, happy-go-lucky attitude. This sweet pup is an excellent cuddler, loves making new friends, and is looking forward to puppy class.
Happy, bouncy goofy 3-mo pup Aries (
A377207) is an adorable delight! This active, fun and friendly boy loves toys and enjoys exploring the world. Aries already knows 'sit' and can't wait to learn more in puppy classes.
Handsome Blake (
A377447) is a sweet and sensitive Shepherd mix. This gorgeous gent has good leash manners and loves to chase toys and romp in the park. He already knows 'sit' and can't wait to learn more in training classes.
Ridiculously cute pup Haden (
A377202) loves everyone he meets! This vivacious and playful chap can't wait to go to puppy class and grow into an adult urban canine!
Moo is a 3-yr-old girl with a big smile and a big heart. She's a people pleaser who can't wait to meet you.
Mugsy (A375267), a Boxer/Pittie mix cutie went on a field trip to Golden Gate Park with an ACC voluteer, where he enjoyed the new and exciting smells. What did he enjoy the most? The car ride!
Little Murphy is a 5-mo sweet, smart and loving freckle-nosed pup! This adorable charmer can't wait to go to puppy class, learn about the city and meet new dog and human friends!
Onyx (A376203) is a wiggly, bouncy, playful bundle of youthful fun. He's a puppy delight who loves playtime and cuddles and is an excellent leaner. Onyx already knows "sit."
Sweet and silly Miss Riley (
A377524) is a wiggly waggy ball of puppy fun. She's attentive and enthusiastic and sure to be a star in classes. Be ready for lots of fun and love.
Romeo (A376783) This loverboy adores people and is very affectionate, full of kisses and cuddles. He's also super cute with his shorty stature, sweet face and gorgeous gray eyes and coat.
Wonderful Mr. Wobbles (A374028) is a uniquely adorable charmer. This 7-yo gent is a special medical adoption due to a congenital lumbering gait. This doesn't bring him down; he's the nicest guy, plus an excellent cuddler, and enthusiastic kisser. Wobbles loves his toys and will proudly carry them around for your admiration and praise. See Wobbles's video!
National Pit Bull Awareness Day is Saturday, October 24, 2015
Thank you Pet Pride Day Sponsors!
Woofs, meows, and chirps to our generous sponsors for this year's 22nd Annual Pet Pride Day. We are grateful to these community sponsors (old and new) who enable Friends of SFACC to present ACC's annual celebration of pets and their humans.
Pet Pride Day's primary sponsor is Pet Food Express, a locally based, award-winning pet store providing the highest quality pet foods and supplies at competitive prices along with personalized knowledgeable service. Pet Food Express is committed to promoting animal adoptions and gives generously to rescue organizations and shelters throughout California, including ACC. In 2011, the Market Street store opened the ACC Satellite Cat Adoption Center, resulting in over 700 cat adoptions to date (and 28 rabbits). Through the PFE My Mutt Program, a donation to Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control of $250 or more Pet Food Express will send a professional photographer to your home and take photos of your furry friends, and create larger-than-life photos of them to hang in a local Pet Food Express store! Find the nearest store at www.petfoodexpress.com.
GOLD BONE SPONSORS
Teresa King and the animal-loving team at Group X are Pet Pride Day’s behind the scenes event masters. As an integrated communications services firm Group X creates media, events, environments and interactive experiences, Group X has helped a diverse group of clients increase sales, build brands,and improve performance. Thank you Group X for lending your talents to the animals at Pet Pride Day!
San Francisco Animal Care and Control receives 100% of its dog and cat pet food from Halo. WOOF! For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets for the U.S. Postal Service Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp Program. Halo donates over 1.5 million meals to shelter pets annually in partnership with Freekibble.com. Halo’s natural dog and cat food, treats, supplements, and grooming products are available at Pet Food Express and other pet specialty and natural food stores.
Join us in welcoming Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital as a sponsor of Pet Pride Day. Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (NCVES) works to provide the most advanced medical care available in veterinary medicine today. From joint replacement, arthroscopy, and minimally invasive surgeries to the latest advances in interventional radiology, anesthesia monitoring, and diagnostic imaging, the NCVES goal is to offer our animal companions the same technological and medical advances available in human healthcare. The team at NCVES provides every patient with the same level of compassion and care they would provide their own pets, and helps pet owners with support and encouragement as well as medical advice needed during difficult times. NCVES is open 24/7 and conveniently located in Daly City overlooking 280.
San Francisco’s most trusted and beloved pet daycare and staycare facility. Pet Camp is a band of pet lovers and pet parents dedicated to providing your pet with a safe, fun and caring environment in your absence. PC believes in a personalized approach to pet care ensuring your peace-of-mind knowing your pet is safe, happy and loved while you’re away. Find out why so many cats and dogs are hopping on the new Pet Camp Express to head to camp. Maybe it’s the 13,000 square foot Savannah for an off-leash romp in San Francisco’s largest dog park designed specifically for dogs? Or could it be your cat wants a safari adventure featuring enclosed private gardens, a bubbling fountain, plants for exploring, and birds within sight for chasing? Either way, Pet Camp or Cat Safari has it all.
SILVER BONE SPONSORS
You may know Recology as your friendly waste, recycling, and compost team but to all of us at ACC they are our heroes. Who can forget the story of Gem the tiny puppy found by employees while sorting debris at Recology? Without the attentive staff at Recology, this puppy in need of medical care, love, and a home could have had a very different ending. Come meet Gem, the lucky pup who is living the life all dogs should live. Special thanks to Recology for ensuring that Pet Pride Day leaves “zero waste” at Sharon Meadow.
A playful bow to another new sponsor joining us this year--Mr. Muggles’ Dogs will feel right at home at Sharon Meadow in a field full of dogs. After all, home is the feeling all our four-legged friends get to feel when stepping through Mr. Muggles’ Dogs door. It’s a home away from home, dedicated to play and filled with best friends and new best friends. Find out more about Mr. Muggles’ Dogs services, which include daycare, boarding, walks, and bathing in a fun, clean, safe environment.
BRONZE BONE SPONSOR
High four paws up to our friends at Noe Valley Pet Company for joining us at this year’s Pet Pride Day. Noe Valley Pet Company opened in 1999 in its original corner site at Church and Cesar Chavez Streets. The shop was started by animal lovers Paula Harris and Celia Sack who deemed it a "mom and mom store."
Over the past 12 years, Noe Valley Pet has grown to become a neighborhood institution, the go-to place to get a referral for a doting cat sitter or a Friday night puppy social. Their vision remains to sell the highest quality products whether it’s sophisticated dog collars and organic pet foods, or utilitarian cat litter.
Adoptions & Updates
American Dog Star Rohan has been adopted! ...Rohan sighting by an ACC volunteer on Van Ness:
"Walking home with my doggy Lady Gaga I noticed a pit bull in front of the Holiday Inn on Van Ness He looked familiar and as I came closer I yelled out "Rohan"! He came running over tail wagging and he recognized me. I found out he likes to go to Lafayette park so now I'll be able to see him regularly! He looks great and very, very happy along with his owner. He was really good with Gaga too and she was behaved around him...amazing ‘cause she's a real pain around big dogs."
Beauty Queen adopted!
More super happy adoptions: Cat, Bastian; Kittens, Cat Balou & Jonesy (adopted together) & Keates & Yeates (adopted together)!
Potter (now Joey) with his new parents, living the life and playing with new doggie friends!
Ross and Rachel were adopted together and went home to a third sibling (another pom, perhaps Pheobe or Monica?)
An update from Clover's adopters...
"Hello! Clover is the love of so many peoples' lives in our family. We are all enjoying her in our own ways. Clover goes for many walks during the day. She has been on car rides and on a skate board. She has met all the dogs in our neighborhood and many dogs at the park. She loves playing at the park and going down the slide. She is on the trail by our house so often that I think she feels like it's her trail!
People on the trail know her and greet her by name. She has quite the personality. At puppy class she is the star. She learns quickly. She can sit, lay down, drop it, leave it, and stand up tall. She has yet to learn roll over and hand shake. We are so thankful that she has joined our lives. Yes we have changed things in our lives to accommodate her, but we are all so much in love with her. My husband, the one who wasn't so sure about getting a dog, loves her so much. He can't believe how much he can love her in such a short time. Please tell everyone that Clover is happy and very loved."
Daphne with her new mom.
Valentino (was Luke at ACC) at HOME!! Here is an update from his adopter: "Just wanted to let you know that Tino (short for Valentino) aka Luke is doing awesome! He is all settled in and such a sweet love. Here he is enjoying his new home! Thanks so much for all the wonderful work you do helping these cats."
Tiffany, LIBBY's adopter, sent this photo of Libby and brother BULLEIT)
Update on BABY (now LouLou Violet)...
"She is adjusting very well and we are both happy. She sleeps on the pillow next to me, and loves to be brushed. I think she seems quite happy. Despite her fancy name (she is now LouLou Violet) and Seacliff heritage (apparently her owner had lived in Seacliff!), she really loves chasing bugs. That’s her favorite thing ever! Here are some photos." Thank you for supporting shelter animals and giving LouLou Violet a second chance at her FOREVER home. She was at the shelter because her person passed away.
Adopted cat Quincy Jones is for sure thinking "I'll Be Good to You" as he heads home with his new family! We couldn't be happier for them all!
October 10 & 11, 2015 (Sat/Sun.) 10am to 5pm Pet Food Express BAY AREA PET FAIR at the Marin County Fairgrounds. http://www.bayareapetfair.org/.
ACC Volunteers needed to help with animal handling and other fun tasks. email ACCVolunteer@sfgov.org.
BARK at the PARK
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10am - 1pm at Duboce Park, SF. SFACC is participating in BARK at the PARK. Admission is FREE to this special, educational, community benefit event and will include Public Safety Canine Demos. Working canines from CARDA, Canine Companions for Independence, SF Fire Department, SF Police Department, SF Sheriff Department, San Mateo Sheriff Department, US Customs and Border Protection, United States Marines, United States Navy, and San Francisco Animal Care & Control sharing information about the DART program; “Disaster Animal Response Team” program.Bark at the Park is brought to you by the Fleet Week organizing committee and the SF Department of Emergency Management. SFDEM.org
Sunday, October 25 in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 11am - 3pm. Join SFACC for our 22st annual celebration of pets at Pet Pride Day 2015
. Festivities kick off with the pet parade, costume and pet trick contests, working dog demos, vendors, rescue groups, and fun activities for kids!
ACC Volunteers needed to help with animal handling and other fun tasks. email ACCVolunteer@sfgov.org.
Chloe (L)(A377494) and Rhea (A376357) can be adopted at ACC.
Low-cost Rabies and Free* Microchips
for Dogs and Cats at ACC
Sunday, October 25 (at Pet Pride Day, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 11am-3pm).
Microchip ID and collar tags are the most effective ways to identify your dog or cat if they are ever lost. All clinics (except PPDay) are held at SFACC, 1200 15th Street @ Harrison. All clinic services are administered on a first come, first served basis. SERVICES ARE LIMITED TO 80 ANIMALS.
Additional 2015 clinic date:
Sunday, December 13
*Microchips are FREE for San Francisco residents with licensed dogs. Dog licenses are sold on site at the shelter (fees vary). Microchips are $20 for those outside San Francisco. Rabies vaccinations are $6 and are required for the license. Sponsored by Friends of SFACC & SFVMA.
New Volunteer Orientations
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Call (415) 554-9414 to sign up. Pre-registration is required. All sessions are Saturdays, 10am-12pm. Upcoming 2015 sessions:
October 3 & 17
November 7 & 21
The animals LOVE all of our volunteers. You can walk and train dogs, socialize cats, and pet bunnies and guinea pigs to enrich their lives at the shelter and increase their chances for adoption. Learn how to foster a kitten or puppy. Or help out at outreach events to spread the word about ACC. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old & commit to volunteering 2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.
Fluffy was a bobcat in a previous life!
GO NUTS! FREE Pet Fixes Every Month
Pets owned by SF residents are eligible. The mobile clinic is provided by Peninsula Humane Society. Accepting pets from 8-9 am on a first come first served basis. One pet per family; dogs and cats only; no dogs over 80 lbs and no pets over 8 yrs old. For details, including pre-surgery instructions, call (650) 340-7022 x387.
@ ACC Every 3rd Thursday 1200 15th St, SF, 94103.
Next Spay/Neuter Clinic: OCTOBER 15, 8am
VetSOS Project Homeless Connect
VetSOS is a volunteer-based project providing free veterinary care for homeless San Franciscans. Clients/patients are seen on a first come-first served basis. Services begin at 12:30 pm
For more information, please call 415-522-3539
For VetSOS clinic dates and locations, Call (415) 355-2248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch a group walk video!
Classes for Dog Volunteers
Note: These classes are for current volunteers who have been through basic training.
October classes TBD. Dog volunteers, look for an email from the Behavior & Training staff.
Community Partners Help ACC
Thank you Finn and Parker! These two terrific and thoughtful friends to the animals held a fundraiser for the shelter—at their very own Lemonade Stand. All of us here at SFACC say WOOF, MEOW, CHIRP, and THANKS!!
Re-Use for Rescues
Little Ark Dog Grooming at 748 14th Street in SF is collecting and donating dog-related items for ACC. This is an ongoing drive in the store, where customers can donate new or gently used dog items. “It’s our pleasure to support ACC. We are the longest running grooming shop in San Francisco, so we feel strongly that we should support the community and be leaders in ensuring dogs have a safe and happy home.” Little Ark Dog Grooming is the longest-running grooming shop in San Francisco (they opened in 1976)! Thank you Little Ark owners Kim McCormack and Yuri for supporting animals in our community!
Sweet and friendly Emily (A376233) is a one-of-a-kind beauty with her unique tortie and Siamese markings and her bright blue slightly crossed eyes. She came to the shelter after having a run-in with a raccoon and her owner surrendered her. She is doing great and is ready to find her fur-ever home.
Anduoille (A376440) and Costella (A377341)
Free and Subsidized Spay & Neuter
Services at the SFSPCA
To reduce unwanted pets and feral cats in the city, ACC's partner, the SFSPCA, offers spay/neuter services for SF residents:
- Community Cat Spay/Neuter program: Feral and free-roaming cat S/N, with traps available (free w/deposit).
- Free spay/neuter for pit bulls and pit mixes owned by SF residents. Find out more.
- For animals other than feral cats or pit bull mixes, SPCA offers free or deeply discounted S/N surgeries for low-income San Francisco residents. For info., visit the Spay/Neuter Clinic page or call the hospital at 415 554-3030.
Community Vet Clinic at PFE
VIP Petcare has opened a walk-in community clinic at the Pet Food Express store at 1975 Market St., SF. No appointments are necessary for routine veterinary care including physical exams, cat & dog vaccinations, anal gland expression, ear cleaning, eye exams, nail trim, microchip pet ID, medications, and more. All cats must be in carriers and all dogs must be on leashes. Monday-Thursday, 2:30-7:30pm.
Ongoing Need for Fosters
ACC is in need of fosters for underage puppies and kittens. Toni's Kitty Rescue (TKR) is a nonprofit organization that partners with SFACC to find, train, and oversee fosters for ACC kittens until they're ready to be adopted. The first step to becoming a foster is to attend an SFACC New Volunteer Orientation. Pre-registration is required. Call 415-554-9414.
Small Is Beautiful
ACC has beautiful, adoptable rabbits and small animals. We have also have some very friendly rats, guinea pigs, and birds for adoption.
New Outreach Starting October 17
When: 2nd Saturday of each month,11am-3pm
Where: San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center Lobby
SaveABunny, in partnership with the San Francisco SPCA and San Francisco Animal Care & Control will showcase adoptable rabbits looking for their forever homes. Knowledgeable staff from SaveABunny will be on hand to answer all your questions about living with companion rabbits. The featured bunnies will be available for Adoption at SFACC and occasionally foster rabbits from SaveABunny. Come to this "bunderful" event and encourage family & friends to join you!
A few of ACC's HOT bun buns...
Chick (A376885) is a sweetie who is easy to handle and loves being petted and interacting wtih people. Curious and playful, he's quite a cutie with his blue eyes and one eye "patch."
Fudge (A376604) is a sweet treat of a bunny. This cute young fellow is curious and active and becoming more social each day as he gets visits and attention and yard-time with the stellar volunteers and staff. Fudge was found as a stray in Golden Gate Park.
Goldie Hawn (A376794) is a mellow but fun bun. This sweet, petite and pretty girl is fine to handle and described as an amazing lap bunny.
A374317) is a gem of a bunny with a great hair-do -- check out her little lion-head like top and her awesome sideburns. She is friendly and happy especially when out of her cage when she will come up for petting. Pearl is a curious and active bun.
Adorable Confetti is a young rabbit (~5mo) that is ready for a party in his FOREVER home. He is easy to handle and is fond of laps. He was found as a stray near the windmills in Golden Gate Park. Come adopt Confetti and let the fun begin. ID#A376274
As soft as soft can be Sweetie is a super cute, nice, young (6 month-old) rabbit ready for his forever home. He is friendly and easy to handle and has amazing colors and fur. Come meet Sweetie.
Veronica is a sweet and beautiful little lop-mini bun. She has super soft fluffy fur and a gentle soul. She was left in a box at the SPCA and is now ready for her FUR-EVER home. She is easy to handle. Make Veronica's day--opt to adopt!
Cinnamon and Eno are 2 wonderful Guinea Pigs ready to come home with you, perhaps together? They are both easy to handle and adorable with great coloring - check out Eno's awesome hairdo. Come meet these two sweet pigs!
ACC has parakeets for adoption. These cuties go fast so hurry!
Be sure to regularly check our SFACC Facebook page for other onderful photos & posts! And check out more of ACC's animals for adoption (dogs and cats) on the shelterme.com website.
BE COYOTE AWARE
Four basic rules for walking dogs in coyote territory:
1. Keep your dog on a 6-foot leash.
2. Avoid areas known to have coyote activity, especially during breeding and pupping season.
3. Stick to trails and open paths.
4. Avoid walking your dog at sunrise and sunset hours. Coyotes are naturally active during the day, though urban coyotes usually switch to nocturnal behavior.
This YouTube video, Coyotes as Neighbors is super informative, and includes Spanish and Mandarin versions.