ACC dogs know how to beat the heat. These cuties are waiting for their forever homes.
Last month, ACC promoted America’s Dog—celebrating the lovely and loving pitbull mix dogs available for adoption at the shelter, and sharing the history of the bond between these loyal dogs and humans—as war heroes, TV stars, and family dogs. Nine pitties were adopted during this promotion. Friends of SFACC covered their adoption fees and Pawsitive Tails, an ACC community partner in SF, offered free training class with each adoption.
The statistics for adoption at ACC are rising. So is the number bully breed mix dogs who come to ACC as strays or are surrendered by their owners. We know that all shelters face this challenge. We also know that ACC will not give up on these dogs and Friends of SFACC won’t give up either. We’ll continue to support new ways to help animals at ACC beyond basic care and come up with creative solutions to improve the adoption numbers even more.
An example of this creative thinking is Bruno (see his story in this issue), a shy dog who had been hit by a car (twice) and needed orthopedic surgery and extensive physical therapy. Thanks to a collaborative partnership between Dr. Sean Wells, at Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Pet Camp, and ACC, Bruno received the beyond-basic care that he needed to become a healthy, less shy, happy dog, and is now in a loving home with another dog. (article in this issue.)
The Bay Area is a place where “innovation happens”—we hear this phrase all the time, usually in reference to technology. Friends of SFACC is taking this philosophy to heart to help the shelter try new and creative ways of finding homes for SF’s orphaned animals.
If you're considering adopting a pet, keep in mind that August 15 is “Clear the Shelter” day at ACC (see Events).
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and thank you for all you do for the animals!
~Friends of SFACC
Faith Albright, DVM
by Lisa Stanziano, ACC Volunteer
If you spend time at ACC, either as a volunteer or employee, you’ve seen Faith Albright, ACC’s newest veterinarian, walking through the kennels, checking on the animals, or giving a dog or cat medicine in her bright blue scrubs, a striking contrast to her red hair. Faith is in constant motion (as are most of the ACC staff)—like a hummingbird. When I talked to her for this interview, I learned that she’s been in motion most of her life. Faith hails from Aurora, Illinois and confessed that she’s moved 68 times!
In 2000, Faith was living in the Bay Area (before she went to vet school) with her boyfriend (now husband) Wade. They both became cat volunteers at ACC. “We both loved the work, and I told him at that time that whoever was able to be the vet at a place like this was the luckiest person in the world.”
Faith attended U.C. Davis as an undergrad, where she studied evolution, ecology, and biodiversity. She knew she wanted to go on to vet school although she acknowledges that Davis rarely admits students who did their undergrad work at Davis, so she applied to other schools and attended vet school in Grenada. She and Wade were there in 2004, during Hurricane Ivan, the 6th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. Her account of the storm is riveting and fascinating...
“On the day of the storm, we hunkered down in our home, Wade cooking and cleaning while I studied for my first midterms. The rain got progressively worse and then the power went out. The winds picked up, whipping large palm fronds around. Pieces of the neighbors’ corrugated metal roofing panels hurtled through the sky like deadly kites. When our own roof started tearing off the house, we ran to the bedroom to take shelter under the bed. The bed frame was too low to the ground to crawl under it. As a three-foot chunk of ceiling fell down, nearly hitting us, we pulled the mattress off the bed and over the two of us and the two neighborhood dogs we'd pulled inside for the storm. We lay like that for four hours, waiting for the storm to calm in order to get somewhere safer. Our ears popped constantly as the pressure changes alternated between breaking windows and hurling furniture onto us, then pulling with such force that our fingernails bled from holding onto our protective mattress. At the eye of the storm, we ran out of the house - not a stick of furniture remained. The large oak double doors had been torn from their hinges. The deadbolt was free from the doors in the yard. Not a leaf was left on any tree or plant. We managed to make it to our neighbor’s basement just as the winds started again. We were stuck on the island for 9 days before we finally got a flight to San Juan."
The storm interrupted her schooling. Enventually, she finished her undergrad degree at Davis and her DVM at University of Illinois where she realized her dream of becoming a vet.
Faith and Wade moved a few more times, including to Canada, and eventually settled back in the Bay Area, where her mom lives. Last summer, a recruiter contacted Faith about working at ACC, and she started in Feb of this year. “It was basically my dream job. I always wanted to be a vet and what I enjoy most about working at ACC is helping the population that needs it the most, both the animals and the people.” Some of the cases that Faith works are truly heartbreaking—like Maxx, a dog who was abused and did not survive his injuries—Faith is impressed by the continuous support for ACC and the animals they serve. “During Max’s time here, the outpouring of concern for Max reveals how many people in this city love animals.”
When Faith isn’t working, she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her family and five kitties: Frank, Olivia, Madeline, Edward, and Silby. She also paints, gardens, and remodels the homes she lives in. Faith is also an expert face-painter and made sure that the ACC Pride contingent was fully made up and ready for this year’s SF Pride parade. ACC is lucky to have such a dedicated member of the team. We hope she stays for a long time!
ACC America's Dog Celebration - Adoptions and Photo Contest
Punky Brewster photo by Jessica Mironov
In July, ACC eight American Dogs (pit bull mixes) were adopted through the ACC America's Dog promotion, celebrating pit bull mix dogs:
Diamond and Ernie (formerly Knowledge), Ernest, Juju, Pippa, Punky Brewseter, and Spunky. Potter (now Joey) is available through Rocket Dog Rescue.
Thanks to funding by Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, adoption fees were waived for qualified adopters of these dogs, and they received free training classes (including in-home consultations) from ACC community partner, Pawsitive Tails
Punky B. with her new family
The July adoption promotion may be over but these dogs are still here and ready to go home. Come and meet them!
Rohan (A371703) has super start style and charm.
He is a fun, sweet 7-month old who loves to romp and play. He has amazing eyes and is a friendly fellow who will love you unconditionally.
Jason Lee (A374539) is truly an All-Star in every way! Athletic, goofy, playful, social, this handsome superstar is looking for an equally amazing, outgoing & athletic adopter to play fetch, share hikes, and adventures with! Could YOU be Jason Lee's new BFF? Jason Lee is smart and eager to learn.
Fella (A374651) is a fabulous gentleman! While he may seem serious at first, Fella is a kissy lovebug and gets downright goofy once he gets to know you! This handsome guy loves a good game of fetch and a nice long walk. He already knows "sit" and can't wait to learn more.
Mugsy (A375267) Mugsy is a playful, gregarious gentleman who cannot wait to take a basic training class to show off his fancy sit! This sweet, extroverted goofball will knock your socks off with his charm.
And the Winner Is...Emmy!
In conjunction with the July America's Dog Adoption promotion, ACC ran a Facebook contest (no adoption required!) for folks to send in photos of their American Dog. Pictured is the winner, Emmy who was selected randomly by an ACC available pittie, Rohan. See the video of Rohan selecting the toy with Emmy's photo. Erin Thompson, Emmy's owner, won two round-trip Virgin America airline tickets to any U.S. destination. Thank you VA for joining ACC in celebrating these great dogs! Click here to see the Facebook photo book of America's Dog Great Prize Winner and Finalists.
Pet Camp/ACC Partnership Rehabilitates Bruno
Bruno with Pet Camp staff Susan
Pet Camp is a popular San Francisco pet daycare and staycare facility that recently rehabilitated (physically and socially) one of ACC's dogs over a period of seven weeks. Bruno came to ACC with an injured leg—he'd been hit by a car twice, and through funding by Friends of SFACC, received surgery to repair it. However, the post-operative rehab he needed could not be provided by ACC resources. So Pet Camp staff embraced the challenge of giving him physical therapy (three times a day and a swim in a special therapy pool every other day) and lots of love. Shy, gentle Bruno came out of his shell and became a social butterfly who enjoys playtimes with other dogs, is compatible with cats, and has been given a 100% clean bill of health by the vet.
Bruno became a Pet Camp favorite camper over his seven-week stay.
The Pet Camp staff not only loved and rehabilitated Bruno, they blogged about him on the Pet Camp website, showing his weekly progress and sharing his story through social media—creating adoption interest through this effort. He will be missed by his entourage at Pet Camp but they're happy to have helped him on his way to his forever home.
The partnership between ACC and Pet Camp was made possible by a service-trade sponsorship through Friends of SFACC. Friends of SFACC offers sponsorship benefits (PR) each year at Pet Pride Day, usually in exchange for monetary payment but in this case, Pet Camp gave ACC their services, a very practical way to donate. Thank you Pet Camp for going above and beyond to help Bruno become the happy, healthy dog he is today.
Bruno was adopted Aug. 3, by Christophter Cendak, who gave ACC an update the day after bringing him home:
“One day in the books and Bruno has settled in nicely. His sister, Stitch, is excited to have him around. We are so happy to have him in our pack. Everyone at the ACC was so nice and helpful. Thanks!!!!”
Bruno with his new dad on adoption day
Congratulations to ACO Martinez
ACC's newest Animal Control Officer was sworn in last month. Congratulations Officer Martinez and welcome to the Animal Care & Control team!
Cupholder to the Rescue
We love the ACOs, who are outstanding in the field. Animal Control Officers gave this little hummingbird a ride to safety AND a snack. Sgt Sadler picked up the itty bitty bird in the Financial District. S/he is now resting comfortably before being released back to the wild.
All in a day's work...
Sgt. Sadler was called to rescue an animal trapped in the wall of this home. As you can see, she had her work (and the wall..) cut out for her. It turned out to be a pigeon!
This tiny baby squirrel fell out of a tree in Golden Gate Park and is now in foster care.
Adoptions & Updates
has been adopted from PFE!
Lucy (now Amelia Earhart) at ACC (left); Amelia at home!
"It's been a little over 6 months since we've adopted Lucy. We changed her name to Amelia Earhart when we saw her leap... she flies. At animal control she was labeled as poodle/Maltese, but we had her DNA done and she is actually 1/2 pure poodle and 1/2 terrier mix...that explains her insistence on having her own way sometimes. She has gained a pound, and has a boyfriend, Buzz, who is 1/2 Pomeranian and 1/2 poodle. They go on walks and to outdoors bistros together."
Little Bro adopted!
Bonnie adopted with Camilla.
Spunky is now Monkey. Her adopter sent in these fun photos. and wrote "Monkey is my first puppy. I've only ever adopted elderly dogs, but there was something special about her!"
JASMINE - ADOPTED! Jasmine's litter mates BOO & EDDY are still available for adoption.
Dempsy adopted, with a private chauffeur.
Diamond and Ernie (was Knowledge) adopted together
Diamond and Ernie chillin' at home.
Here’s a purr-fect example of why ACC recommends adopting two kittens or cats at the same time. Super sweet Carlos and Smiley are now super sweet Simon and Garfield; happy together in their new home!
Loretta Lynn adopted!
Special Adoption Day on Rescue Row - Meet Your Summer Buddy!
ACC joins Rescue Row partners (Family Dog Rescue, Muttville and San Francisco SPCA) for a special nationwide ADOPTION event, Clear the Shelters, on Saturday August 15. ACC will waive adoption fees to qualified homes for ALL available animals. Adoptions from 12 Noon to 6:30 PM. The shelter will be open until 7 PM on this Date. A very special THANKS to NBC Bay Area & Telemundo 48.
Meg and Jack are two bonded kittens that love each other and are sweet and affectionate with people, too. ...
Consider adopting two cats/kittens and experience the many benefits: two cats provide twice the education, enrichment, and exercise for each other, and are twice the love shared by everyone in your family. ACC bonus: receive a 50% discount on the adoption fee of your second cat/kitten! Check out this photo album of kitties on the ACC Facebook page.
That Mitch guy is all over the place! He walks dogs, fosters them, mentors new volunteers, and cleans up after everyone. A Special thanks to stellar volunteer Mitch for all the extra work he does!!
New Volunteer Orientations
Call (415) 554-9414 to sign up. Pre-registration is required. All sessions are 10:00 am-noon. Upcoming sessions:
August 8 and 22 (Saturdays)
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. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Call (415) 554-9414 to register.
Trump your pup: Sweet, gentle Miss Bizu has been Trumped! #TrumpYourPup
Herrick (L) and Santino are available for adoption.
Low-cost Rabies and Free* Microchips
for Dogs and Cats at ACC
Next session: Sunday, September 13, 2015 10am-1pm. 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 dates:
Sunday, October 25 (at Pet Pride Day, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 11am-3pm)
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.
GO NUTS! FREE Pet Fixes Every Month
@ ACC Every 3rd Thursday 1200 15th St, SF, 94103.
Next Spay/Neuter Clinic: August 20, 8:00 am
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.
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
No clinics in August or September, however the SPCA provides vaccine clinics on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
August 8 and September 12 - Willie Mays Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 195 Kiska Road
August 22 and September 26 - Calvary Baptist Church, 5655 Mission St. at Whittier St.
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.
August classes TBD. Dog volunteers, look for an email from the Behavior & Training staff.
Separated at birth? Adorable Chi mix guy Artie (A372477) is as cute and cuddly as Gizmo but you can feed him after midnight without fear of him turning into a gremlin! Plus he makes the best snuffley-snortie sounds that will surely melt your heart. Come meet this easy-going, sweet, and sturdy little 4-year-old today!
ACC Outreach at Pet Food Express
on Market @Dolores St. in SF
ACC dog volunteer/mentor Mitch introduces Coco to a customer at PFE.
- Small Animal Awareness 11am-2pm. Share information about small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, birds) the shelter often has for adoption. Note: Volunteers needed to continue smalls outreach. Please contact Deb Campbell if you're interested.
- Meet ACC Available Dogs 1 pm-3 pm, every third Saturday near the Cat Adoption Center inside the store. Dog handlers wanted. You must be field trip trained. Contact ACC B&T to find out more. Note: No outreach August 15 because of the special Clear the Shelters event.
Visit the ACC Cat Adoption Center at the 1975 Market St. PFE store. Over 700 cats and 28 rabbits have been adopted there since the satellite site opened in 2012. (415) 431-4567.
Hazel (A371754) is available at Pet Food Express.
SERENITY NOW! ...Serenity (A374967) is a lovely 10-yr.-old cat with a lot of love to share. She is affectionate and friendly, and is ready for a forever home for her golden years. Serenity has a beautiful and distinguished face and her name is spot on.
It's kitten-palooza at ACC
ACC has over 80 cats and kittens for adoption! Why not come down and meet some of them? Cats and kittens are also available at ACC’s SFACC satellite Adoption Center located inside the Pet Food Express store, 1977 Market Street @ Dolores. 415-431-4567.
See more of our fabulous felines on the ACC website! We have loads of cats of all ages.
Jerry (A372652) is a super cutie. This orange kitten was in a wonderful Toni's Kitty Rescue foster home while getting big enough for adoption. He is friendly, playful and beyond fun. He misses his brother who was adopted without him. Jerry would make a great partner for a new kitten and a great cat companion for anyone fortunate enough to adopt him.
Mr. Fur (A373095) is a total gentleman. This big fellow has a big heart and lots of love to give. He was a stray and it's shocking that nobody claimed him as he is a super nice cat. He needs an adopter who will give his luxurious coat the brushing and grooming required to maintain his handsomeness.
Turbo (A373452) is a playful and active guy. He was rescued from the engine of a car and went to a grand Toni's Kitty Rescue foster kitten home while getting ready to be adoptable. There he met Benjamin (a sweet little stray with a funky tail) and Corola (also rescued from a car engine). These 3 kittens are now available for adoption. Please consider adopting kittens in pairs (or triplicate!)
Snow White (A374765) is a super sweet and petite cat and a total gem. She came in as a stray and is a loving and affectionate purr machine ready for her forever home. She has vivid yellow-orange eyes and the sweetest little face. Snow White is also most likely deaf and will need to be an indoor only cat. Come meet and adopt this special girl today.
Finn is a 1-month old chicken, ready to be adopted.
Pinky (A372714) is a sweet and snuggly Guinea Pig. He is easy to handle and a calm fellow (even with a Trump wig on).
Community Partners Help ACC
ACC Leads the Doggie World Parade at the 42nd Nihonmachi Street Fair
Accompanied by other rescue groups and over 50 dogs with their humans attached, ACC led the Doggie World parade down a block of Post St., celebrated at the annual Japantown Nihonmachi Street Fair in SF. Local rescues of all species and vendors shared tips, information, and products in Buchanan Mall. Proceeds from the Parade & Yappy Hour registration will be donated to Friends of SF Animal Care & Control and other local animal rescue organizations. ...Thank you, ACC volunteers Sandra Barth, Daniel Duckworth, Laura Heinman, Jennifer Marrero, Andrea Rock, Deborah Peralta, JoAnn Shanahan, Alex Yu, cat volunteer Ginny. Thanks also to ACC staffers Naomi Conroy and Kathy Kukuc.
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. Friends of SFACC board member Patricia Aleman stopped by recently to pick up some donations. Little Ark is also posting available ACC dogs on their Facebook page (yay!) and offers a 20% discount on the first grooming for someone who adopts a dog (w/verification papers). “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!
Harry (A374900) is a beautiful seal-point Siamese who'd love to come home with you.
Cosmo (A372859)(L) and Coco are available at ACC.
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.
AUGUST HOT BUNS
Fig, Coraline, and Little Bro were adopted in July.
ACC has many amazing, adoptable rabbits, including a few new ones. We have also have some very friendly rats, guinea pigs, and birds for adoption.
Big Brother (A373152)
is a 3-year-old rabbit with cute stubby ears and great expressions. He was surrendered to the shelter with his "Little Bro" (who was adopted) because his people had a baby and could no longer give them the care and attention they need. These sweet very cute buns are reported to be litter box trained and great jumpers.
Atlas is a super handsome rabbit that is easy to handle and ready for a home of his own. His markings are unusual and beautiful. Come in and see if Atlas is the bun for you!
Harry is a happy charming hopper. This nice rabbit is ready for his forever home. He can be a bit shy at first but is calm and friendly and relaxes with a visit. Harry is easy to handle and is waiting to meet you!
Whilind is a beautiful rabbit. She is friendly, playful and easy to handle. Whilind has a sweet disposition and likes to explore. She will also hop up to you to say Hello.
Merida is a very pretty, very nice rabbit. She can be a bit shy at first but is friendly and curious and sweet. She is easy to handle and waiting for a home to call her own.
Ron is a fun bun with enormous ears and a lush black coat with a perfect white stripe on his nose. He is friendly, likes being petted and is easy to handle. He is also loving and curious—a great bunny. Come meet Ron and fall in love.
Teeny tiny little Mommie-O is a super cute Robo Hamster ready for a home. Mommie-O was here with her babies. The babies and Daddy-O have been adopted and now it is Mommie-O's turn. She is active and fun and a beautiful white with silver tipped fur.
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.
It's Coming...Save the Date!
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! Click here to register as a sponsor/vendor for this event!