Nov. 17th San Francisco SPCA unveils 31st Annual Holiday Windows!!

Rain or shine expect a line when it comes to adorable adoptable pets! Celebrate the season by joining the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Union Square for the 31st unveiling of the iconic Holiday Windows on Friday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. The window displays, which have become one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday spirit in San Francisco, will once again feature adorable – and adoptable – cats and dogs who need loving homes. San Francisco pastry chef Yigit Pura will partner with Snoopy to unveil the windows, and children from the De Marillac Academy Choir will provide the holiday soundtrack.

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This year’s windows celebrate the bonds between family and friends. Titled “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” the theme centers on the joy of sharing holiday season festivities with those we love. Generations of visitors will delight once again, seeing the cuddly adoptable faces ready to share the holiday in a new home.

In 2016, 257 animals found homes during Holiday Windows and nearly $100,000 was raised to provide year-round support for the SF SPCA’s lifesaving programs. Over the last 30 years, Holiday Windows has made it possible for more than 9,000 animals to find loving, permanent homes.

“Combining the magic of holiday giving and finding these animals new homes, along with the importance of being with those we love throughout the season, makes these windows one of our favorite projects all year,” said Macy’s Visual Manager, Rise Hixson. “Guests from all over the Bay Area and the United States love watching the adorable animals in these windows. Spreading that cheer at this time of year is magical.”

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This year, the magic will expand beyond the windows with a special space on the 6th floor where visitors will be able to see more adoptable animals and even schedule time in the wildly popular SF SPCA Cuddle Experience. Cuddle sessions will be available from 11am – 1pm and 5pm – 7pm on weekdays and 10am – noon and 4pm – 6pm on weekends.

WANT TO HELP?

Holiday Windows relies on volunteer support. The short two-hour shifts involve greeting the public, collecting donations, and directing people to the SF SPCA adoption center inside Macy’s. No prior training is required, and groups are welcome to volunteer together. Learn more at sfspca.org/holiday

“Thousands of lives have been saved through the Holiday Windows event, thanks to our partnership with Macy’s,” explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Every holiday season the San Francisco community comes together to help our animals find new homes. This is our biggest event of the year, and the tradition truly brings out the magic of the holiday spirit.”

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5 Great Reasons Why Senior Dogs Rule and Puppies Drool

November has turned into a favorite month thanks to the older dogs in my life. I love senior dogs more than Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce!

My excitement for this month began after we adopted my own amazing Shepherd Husky from the San Francisco SPCA in November. After we shared every “Gotcha Day” and adoptaversary each November, I loved this month a little bit more.

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Since my big fluffy girl had to move on three years ago, I’ve been spending time every week at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue among an ever changing tide of sweet oldsters. They show me how much more fun being around well-seasoned dogs are compared to puppies! 

Curious about what makes these sugar faces so great? Read on and see for yourself  Adorable adoptable dogs ahead!!

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Dogs with a knowing gaze

Is it because Border Collies are dogs known for being smart? Why does Noemi have such a deep and thoughtful face? 

She’s such a sweet girl and since I have spent the last three or four weeks visiting with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, she has only shown me this quiet demeanor.

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When I look into her eyes she seems to be telling me something important. I get the feeling that I need to pay attention, so I find myself  putting away my camera and not taking pictures when I’m with her.

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Her body language definitely encourages quiet petting sessions.  I found myself today sitting on the hard  linoleum floor with her, quietly massaging her hips and petting her sides for over 15 minutes.

It was glorious to only think about how to get her so relaxed that she would start to snore. I stopped thinking about the world and the noises from out on the street and only thought about maintaining the rhythm of petting her. 

I wonder if the knowledge behind her gaze was that she knew that I needed this time with her ? 

Noemi is available through Muttville’s Fospice program

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Vinny!

Meet Vinny, a charming little Maltese mix who is looking for a new best friend! Look at this sweet sleepy face after we had a major after-breakfast cuddle session.

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Vinny comes to us from Fresno and is so excited for Muttville to help him find his new beginning. This little guy is looking for someone who likes to go for walks, is open to long cuddle sessions, and will give the occasional treat or two!

He loves people and will prance on over to meet you. Vinny is very friendly and has made lots of other pup friends in the Muttville lofts. This gentleman is just about perfect, come meet him today!

Vinny is around 12 years young and weighs just under 7 pounds.

Meet this handsome boy at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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When dogs you’ve just met demand your affection, how do you respond?

When a dog refuses to acknowledge a barrier, physical or emotional, do you think they realize what they are doing?

I’ve noticed during my encounters with big dogs at Muttville that when one pushes through my arms, or puts their head into my lap with intention, I feel privileged. I’m grateful when they take the initiative to, in their own doggy way, ask for my attention and affection. I’m there to give them affection anyway, but it’s a different kind of feeling when a dog who doesn’t know you, demands you love on them.

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This is Everett. I had barely walked into the room before he barreled straight into my legs. He wasn’t waiting for me to come to him. He didn’t see my hesitation, or if he did he didn’t care, what he cared about was getting my attention and my affection.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Miss Sally!

Look at this sugar face! We think delightful little Sally is just the bees knees! She may be on the petite side, but she sure does have a Texas sized heart!

Sally comes to Muttville from Texas, part of a group of dogs that we took in to help make room for displaced animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Sally is just perfect, and we think that she has good house-training ability. This girl is sweet with other dogs and loves people. She does well on leash, and loves a good walk.

Sally is looking for a forever family that will give her love, security, and happiness in her retirement years. Do you have room in your heart and home for sweet Sally?

Here’s what Sally’s foster has to say about this sweet gal:

Sally is the ultimate cuddlebug! She loves sleeping on the couch next to you, in bed & she gets very excited to go for walks. Sally loves her outdoor time & does a very happy little bouncy dance when the leash comes out. She’s great with other dogs and cats! She ignores the cats for the most part. When home, Sally will mostly sleep & ask for belly rubs. She does however love to go for walks/hikes and seems to be able to go on forever. Once in a while she gets very excited & starts to play, dashing all about. Sally is house-trained but would do well in a home where she can be taken out every 4 hours or so. Sally is adorable! She’s a little shy at first, but once she opens up, she’s a total doll!

Fall in love with her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Fluffernutter!

‪‬Sweet fluffy dog! Meet the newest fluff in town, a happy boy that is appropriately named Fluffernutter!!

Fluffernutter comes to us from Oakland but is excited to be across the bridge at Muttville. He has a happy-go-lucky outlook on life, and thinks his new life is looking good.

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This cheerful boy is good with people and other dogs. He is an explorer at heart and politely roams around checking out his new surroundings.

Fluffernutter loves peanut butter, walks, and would love to find a friend who gives a good scratch behind the ears. Come see if this guy could be your new love-bug today!

We think Fluffernutter is around 14 years young and weighs around 38 pounds.

Fall in love with him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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October 13-15 San Francisco SPCA “Exit Through the Gift Shop” Weekend Adoption Event

Join the SF SPCA for an artsy-themed cocktail party and adoptathon weekend based on the 2010 movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which focused on the world’s most infamous graffiti artists.

Adult animals (6+ months) will be free to adopt all weekend, October 13 – 15, at both SF SPCA locations in the Mission and Pacific Heights.

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The weekend will kick off with a Friday evening cocktail party at the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus, 6pm – 9pm.

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Read Rescued 🐶 Understand better what it means to adopt a shelter dog

If you know anything about Grouchy Puppy you know that it began (and continues!) thanks to our adopted rescue dog from the San Francisco SPCA. Since her passing, I’ve gotten more involved with helping the sugar faces at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue find their new matches so they can have the best final chapter of their life.

You can imagine then how happy I was to get the chance to review an early copy of a new book filled with stories, life lessons, and advice related to adopted dogs and those who love them. 

We are a nation of dog lovers and as someone who fell in love with a shelter dog, I know I am not alone in my appreciation for what these special dogs have to offer us. In the book, Rescued, by author and journalist, Peter Zheutlin, there is story after incredible story showing how the dogs in animal shelters are not always broken, that they can become your new best friend, teacher, exercise buddy or confidante.

Every chapter in this book is a reminder of how bringing dogs into our lives can make us more empathic, compassionate people. Both the stresses and joys we experience together can have a positive influence. I experienced that first hand with my adopted dog, and now I get weekly reminders volunteering with the oldsters at Muttville.

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This book has all the heartwarming stories dog people tell each other, but it also has a great collection of pragmatic life lessons, experiences and perspective. The stories you’ll read are valuable to anyone thinking about having a dog.

Shelter dogs are not broken, and most often just need the right person to appreciate who they are and what they have to offer. Much of successful dog adoption involves the art of matchmaking. Dogs, in all their dogginess, have so much to offer us humans if we just pay attention.

Here’s an excerpt from the book, Rescued:

Our Dogs Are Not Our Children: How anthropomorphizing our dogs can lead to unrealistic expectations of their behavior

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Discover why senior dogs: Fall in love with Florence!

This pretty girl is Florence and she can’t wait to find her forever home. We think Florence is an Australian Kelpie mix. She is very sweet, loves meeting people, and enjoys going for walks.

Florence does perfectly with other dogs and is very polite. She has a sweet demeanor and would make a wonderful addition to any kind of home. Come give her the forever home she deserves!

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What we love about Florence: She is a perfect size- not too small, not too big. She is still active but is also perfectly happy just relaxing. She loves to sunbathe!

Florence is 10-12 years young and weighs 40 pounds.

Her adoption fee has been sponsored by one of her adoring fans!

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Here’s what Florence’s fosters have to say about this sweet girl:

Florence is sweet & loves pets! She is Busy, loves to get going on walks & flies up stairs. She likes her crate and her bed. She is house-trained and knows potty-pads and will find spots away from house to go to the bathroom.

Florence is sweet & will give you kisses when you arrive home! She has a busy activity level & will gallop back to the house on walks! She is good with house-training and uses potty-pads in the house.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Oscar!!

We think Oscar is just about the most perfect doggie around! Look at this happy Shepherd face!

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Oscar is an adorable Shepherd/Cattle dog mix, who comes to us from Central Valley ready to find his forever home. Oscar is very friendly with people and other dogs.

This boy loves long walks and would make a great nap buddy. He will politely explore his surroundings and has an amazing temperament.

We think Oscar is pretty much the complete package!

We think Oscar is around 10 years young and weighs around 78 pounds.

Fall in love with Oscar at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Beyonce!!

Beyonce is an adorable, friendly Chihuahua girl who can’t wait to meet you! This sweet girl will make a loyal companion- all she wants is love!

Beyonce is always wagging her tail, loves walks, and is perfect with dogs of all sizes- truly a superstar just like her name suggests! Beyonce is an fabulous gal who is patiently waiting for her forever home!

Beyonce is 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Check out what Beyonce’s foster’s have to say about her:

Beyonce is wonderful. I work from home on my computer so I am home mostly all day. While I’m working she will lay on the bed in the sunshine or lay on the floor next to my chair in a blanket that I have there for her. There’s really not much more to say other than she’s an absolutely wonderful little dog to have around, very sweet and very loving. Beyonce loves to go for walks. Short or long. She is capable of walking quite some distance without getting tired. The longest walk I tried her on was about two and a half miles and she did great. She’s very curious, always sniffing things. Around the home she’s the typical lazy dog just like my other two. She loves to be on my lap. So far she is good with house-training, not one accident in my home. Beyonce is a lovely lady! She loves being held/cuddling, and is great with potty training. She loves going outside on her walks & exploring the great outdoors. She isn’t really much of a barker, but does make noises to indicate she she needs to go out. Otherwise Beyonce loves napping. She is mellow and though she loves her walks will also snooze the day away in her bed. She is great with most dogs. She is doing great at crate training, occasionally goes on pads but I would say pretty much trained otherwise. She has an adorable tongue that sometimes pokes out. She is an angel and loves sleeping in her bed/on the couch with people. She would make a great companion for a mellow lower energy household.

Meet this senior sweetheart at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Are you ready to have a dog? How do you know?

National Dog Day is this weekend and if you don't (gasp!) have one already positively influencing your life, now is a good time to consider the reasons why you don't have a dog.

Below is a handy (and humorous) flowchart to help you, or a friend, with this important decision. Are you ready for a dog? Should you volunteer at a shelter or become a dog sitter instead? Sure, dogs make our lives infinity better, but before you rush out the door, consider these many responsibilities, and real costs, outlined by the clever folks at The Bold Italic:

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Having a dog is wonderful, but also realizing not having one in your life because you answered no to most of these questions above...is also a good thing. Read any of my posts on my volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and you'll see what I mean.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Dallas!

From his beautiful, intelligent eyes to his adorable ears, it’s hard to believe so much sweetness can fit into one package.

This wonderful senior guy is Dallas, and he’s ready to be your new best friend! He’s calm, quiet, inquisitive, and gentle. While we are still getting to know him, he gets along with all the other dogs he has met at Muttville and he is already starting to build up his trust and confidence in his new human friends. Dallas deserves to be showered with affection and kindness. In return, he will light up your life with his love!

We think that Dallas is approximately 13 years old and weighs about 9 pounds.

Here’s what Dallas’ foster has to say about this sweet boy:

Dallas is an extremely sweet, gentle & soulful dog. He enjoys spending time with humans and other pups, but he also seems to enjoy hanging a bit on his own in his dog bed.

Dallas is very low-key. His favorite activities are snuggling with a human on the couch or curling up on his dog bed. He is fine going on a walk but is pretty low energy overall. Dallas is great with other dogs. No issues with big or small dogs, he’s always friendly and will wag his tail. Dallas needs some work on house-training. He loves taking naps in sun beams, and will even begin to smile once he’s been in the sun for a while.

He seems to love eating chicken or turkey. He’s very quiet and doesn’t bark or whine. He’s fine with being left alone during the daytime. He looks at you like a person would; almost like he’s trying to tell you something with his eyes. While independent at times, he always makes sure to come over to check-in to make sure you’re there and see what you’re doing.

Fall in love with Dallas at Muttville and discover why senior dogs rule.

Muttville is seeking either a permanent adoption home or a fospice (foster-hospice) home for Dallas 4759 so he can live his remaining life to its fullest in a loving home. To adopt Dallas 4759, please complete the adoption process described here.

If you are interested in joining Muttville’s Fospice Program Team as a Volunteer or a Fospice Home, please email fospice@muttville.org.

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SF SPCA Offers Free Adoptions and Films During NBC Universal's Clear The Shelters Adoptathon

The San Francisco SPCA Hosts the Animal Film Festival during Third Annual Clear the Shelters Adoptathon Weekend

Visitors will enjoy free adoptions and award-winning films


August 7, 2017 – The San Francisco SPCA will be offering free adoptions for all animals during NBC Universal’s third annual Clear the Shelters, a national pet adoption event. The free adoption weekend takes place August 19 – 20.

“Last year we set a new record during Clear the Shelters – 167 animals were adopted over the weekend with 101 animals on the Saturday alone, the most ever in a single day!” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Hundreds of shelters across the country participate in Clear the Shelters, and since 2015 the event has helped more than 70,000 animals find new homes."

Animals can be adopted for free all weekend from both SF SPCA locations – in the Mission at 250 Florida Street or Pacific Heights at 2343 Fillmore Street. On Saturday both shelters will host volunteer bake sales and No Worries Cuisine food truck will be at the Mission Campus. Plan to spend the day at the SF SPCA and leave with a new family member!

With the goal of educating and entertaining, the SF SPCA will also be hosting the Animal Film Festival on Saturday, 12pm – 4pm, at its Mission Campus. The film festival, which is produced by the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE), will feature award-winning animal films that are joyful, funny, and thought-provoking.

“These films explore different aspects of animal welfare, including animal rights, the human‐animal bond and programs dedicated to improving the lives of animals,” said Shelley Frost, director of the Animal Film Festival.

Tickets range from $10 – $25 and proceeds benefit the SF SPCA and CAPE. Details, tickets, and a full film line-up can be found at animalfilmfestival.org

To round out the day, those interested in learning more about estate planning are invited to join for a free seminar on August 19 at 10am. Topics will include estate planning basics, pet trusts, and creating a secure plan for your pets should they outlive you. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to this Mission Campus event by emailing specialevents@sfspca.org

Both adoption centers will be open 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

To view the SF SPCA’s adoptable animals, visit sfspca.org/adopt

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About the SF SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

For more information call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.

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