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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Hey! It's National Grouchy Puppy Day!

November 9th is a big day around here! Today is the day one fluffy, large, adult, husky-shepherd dog changed our life forever. Thanks to her mere presence, Grouchy Puppy was conceived, slowly blossoming over the years into an incredible community of dog lovers!

In 2013 we threw a fun virtual party that is still whispered about. In 2014 our beautiful muse passed away and November 9th that year turned into a tribute.

This year, we invite you to celebrate with us again, in a way that embraces all the ways dogs give fearlessly and influence positively!! We invite everyone to share the spirit of Grouchy Puppy this weekend by contributing a six word story about dogs, a dog you know, a fictional dog, or your own dog(s). 

 

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Share Six Word Stories Celebrating the Dogs We Love All Weekend Long

Tell a story consisting of just six words. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous challenge and first six word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

What: Share a six word story about dogs, a dog you know, a fictional dog, or your own dog(s).  

How to join in the fun? Email us at info@grouchypuppy.com your stories and photos, we'll share them across our social media channels. Leave a comment below. Tweet us @grouchypuppy your photo and story, or message us on Facebook.

Giving Tree: November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month. We've had a soft spot for the oldsters for years, and since the passing of Cleo we've been spending hours every week helping the sugar faces at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. If you buy anything from our Zazzle store until the end of the year ALL proceeds will go to Muttville as our way of paying it forward

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Join us! It's easy! Above are two stories that are endearing and funny six word stories reflecting our grouchy puppy muse. We hope you'll contribute your own six word stories in celebration.

We'll close with our deepest thanks for sharing these years with us and for your steadfast support!

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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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NBC's Clear the Shelters Adoptathon 2016

Hey Bay Area dog lovers!! It’s that time of year again…time to #cleartheshelters! Local shelters nationwide are offering free adoptions this weekend, July 23-24 thanks to NBC and Telemundo.

 

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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, as a participating shelter will be waiving fees all weekend for qualified adopters. Come down to 255 Alabama on Rescue Row, 10:00AM to 4:00pm!

The San Francisco SPCA is throwing a street fair on Rescue Row with games straight from the midway, delectable sweet treats, vegetarian nibbles, oodles of fuzzy new friends to take home with you, and the return of the notoriously creative dog costume contest!

This is a contest of Olympic proportions, so get your glue gun fired up and strut your dog’s stuff on the runway at 1pm. At stake, bragging rights and prizes from NBC.

Last year it was the SF/SPCA's most successful adoption weekend ever, finding forever homes for 111 animals! All animals adopted from the SF/SPCA will go home with their new families for free. *

Events on Rescue Row:
1pm Saturday Only
Dog costume contest (Registration 10:30am-12:30pm)

All Day Saturday and Sunday
FREE adoptions at SF SPCA Mission and Pacific Heights Campuses
Big Jenga!
Colossal Connect Four!
Crowd-art watercolor wall
Midway games
Selfie station
Bouncy obstacle course
And more!

*SF residents will be required to pay SF dog license fee.

 

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Showing kindness to animals made my vacation better

Wherever you are, wherever you travel, around the block, or across the world, be kind to animals. Your heart will thank you, and if you're like me, you get a sweet puppy kiss from an Anatolian Shepherd in the Turkish countryside. Now that's my kind of Turkish Delight!!

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The first week of May is Be Kind to Animals Week.

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Be Kind to Animals Week 2016 and Giving our Children a Humane Education

This week the American Humane Association invites us to be kind to insects, rodents, bats, and all animals! As a self-declared dog lover, I find that this week is a wonderful opportunity to focus on young adults and children getting a compassionate and humane education. Raising compassionate children is a key to improving the lives of animals, and reducing the homeless pet population.

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When you welcome a roaming dog while on vacation..

You don't have to get a puppy for your child to teach them about life, or to build empathy. Exposing young people to senior dogs is a great way to have important conversations about life, compassionate care, and respect for our elderly citizens. 

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19th Annual Bark & Whine Ball, Benefitting the San Francisco SPCA on March 16, 2016

Get ready for a spectacular evening of dancing and dining in support of San Francisco SPCA animals!

The Bark & Whine Ball is presented by Critter Lovers at Work (CLAW), an all-volunteer nonprofit with the mission to support the SF SPCA. All proceeds from the evening will benefit homeless animals.

“Dress yourself and your furry friend in your finest and join us,” invites Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the SF SPCA. “Your contributions will help homeless animals in need of urgent and extraordinary care get the treatment they need.”

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Sweet! Cupcake Day is August 17 RSPCA Queensland Fundraiser

image from www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.auAnimal lovers Down Under have a chance to be sweet and help the RSPCA in Queensland, Australia. August 17 is Cupcake Day!

This annual fundraiser is a way for animal lovers to hold a Cupcake Day event at home or work -- with all the money going to support RSPCA Queensland.

"Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is all about baking, eating and most importantly raising funds to help us rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals each year, and to support us continue our vital work in the community by helping us to help all creatures great and small."

For information or to register, visit www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au

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You don't even have to wait, but hold a bake sale any day during August, all to benefit the animals we love in Queensland.

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NBC and Telemundo help give pets loving homes | Clear the Shelters August 15

Aug. 15, 2015 is “Clear the Shelters” Day, an initiative by NBC-owned stations to help get cats and dogs waiting for new homes successfully adopted. That Saturday, over 40 area animal shelters will take part in “#CleartheShelters” Day in the Bay Area.

NBC and Telemundo will host this national day of action, and participating animal shelters in the Bay Area will offer no-cost or reduced fee adoptions or waive pet spaying and neutering fees. Other shelter fees may apply.

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Three Bay Area organizations will hold pet adoption events on August 15 as part of Clear the Shelters. Berkeley’s Humane Society will hold a family-friendly block party located at the corner of 9th and Carleton Streets featuring more than twelve pet adoption organizations.

San Francisco’s SPCA will host “Rescue Row on Alabama” where many pets will be available for on-the-spot adoptions. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and the SF Animal Care and Control will be participating.

Lastly, the Peninsula Humane Society will feature a carnival-style “Adopt-a-Thon” in their new state-of-the-art indoor dog park in Burlingame that will have games, pet treats and a “Green Carpet” staging area for photos for pets.

More than 150 dogs and cats will be available for adoption and adopters will be able to “name their fee” for how much they would like to contribute to adopt their forever companion.

Visit NBC Bay Area for more information about the event, and the participating shelters across the country.

Locally, the SF SPCA will be holding a special weekend Clear the Shelters on Rescue Row, and at the Pacific Heights Campus:

On August 15th, hundreds of shelters across the country are taking part in a nationwide push to find homes for pets in need.  Along with many organizations across the country, the San Francisco SPCA will be waiving adoption fees* for all animals including our newest additions: bunnies!  We will also be offering free adoptions on Sunday, August 16th.

*Special extended hours on Saturday, August 15th: 10am-7pm

*Regular hours on Sunday, August 16th: 10am-6pm 

250 Florida Street in the Mission, and

2343 Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights

Click here for more details from SF SPCA.

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7 Tips to keep your furry loved ones safe during summer fun and fireworks

Keeping our pets safe during the summer months means watching out for hazards like toxic herbicides on the grass, knowing the signs of heat stroke, avoiding discarded chicken bones from barbecues and protecting lost dogs fleeing from fireworks.

With summer concerts and festivals in full swing, please remember your four-legged family members. Celebrating July 4th with family and friends is a wonderful tradition and holiday, however in the excitement of your first sparkler, don't forget your dog.

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Helen Woodward 27th Annual Spring Fling Gala & Charity Auction

Good food, live entertainment and a charity silent auction will raise important funding for the Helen Woodward Animal Center on June 6th. This unique private animal non-profit located in North San Diego County does so much in their community and beyond. They raise awareness of the human-animal bond, get record numbers of orphan pets adopted during Home 4 for Holidays campaign, and positively influence hundreds of children each year with their pet therapy programs.

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What sets the Helen Woodward Animal Center apart? This is their mission:

Helen Woodward Animal Center's passionate belief that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect, creates a legacy of caring. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond.

They have been applying this philosophy for forty years with extensive educational programs aimed at inspiring compassion in children, and a variety of services that benefit their greater San Diego County community. 

The 27th annual Spring Fling Gala is their largest fundraiser of the year, and will be held on Saturday, June 6 at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe. The evening will include live entertainment, selections from San Diego’s top restaurants, open bar, live and silent auctions, and an incredible opportunity drawing.

Get your tickets here!

Do good, feel good. Support the work of the Helen Woodward Animal Center!

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SF SPCA Hosts "Dogs on the Catwalk" Fashion Show & Cocktails on May 29!

The San Francisco SPCA is hosting a fun new cocktail party and fashion show on Friday, May 29 at their Mission Campus on Rescue Row. They hope to introduce adoptable dogs to people who might not otherwise plan to visit the shelter. Adoption fees will be waived all weekend as part of Maddie's Pet Adoption Days.

sfspca.orgEnjoy custom cocktails, check out the latest fashion trends, and meet your new best friend!

The San Francisco SPCA invites you to the inaugural Dogs on the Catwalk cocktail party and fashion show. 

Adoption fees will be waived this evening at both the Mission and Pacific Heights Adoption Centers! The free adoptions will continue on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, as part of Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days.

“These parties aren’t just a fun night out; they actually save lives,” said SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall.

Get a front row seat at the catwalk for the 7:00 pm fashion show featuring Claire Farwell and Jill Milan. Many have seen designer Claire Farwell’s beautiful gowns on the Hollywood red carpets. Now you’re invited to see her latest designs in person!

Luxury handbag designer Jill Milan, who counts actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway as clients, will be showing her latest Italian made, cruelty-free purses. 

Details

The festivities take place Friday, May 29, 5pm – 10pm at the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus (201 Alabama Street).

For more details, visit sfspca.org/catwalk

RSVP required: sfspca-catwalk.eventbrite.com

Enjoy a cocktail bar and delicious vegan and vegetarian food trucks!

Check out the casual threads from San Francisco-based Betabrand, and Dogs N Ties colorful ties and scarves purchases will help homeless animals.

Live music by Sit Kitty Sit.

 

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Feb 6th Haute Dog SF Doggy Runway Fashion Show Benefits Senior Dogs

Haute Dog SF, the most posh canine runway fashion show in San Francisco returns Friday, February 6 at the San Francisco Design Center. Last year’s sold out event attracted more than 600 dog, design and fashion fans and raised more than $25,000 for charity.

Special runway guests are Jane Wiedlin & Gina Schock from The Go-Go’s and Ronn Owens of KGO Radio!

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Jane Wiedlin
Photo credit: Jane Goldman

 


Jane & Gina will be on the runway with Flora, a senior dog from Muttville, dressed by designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom.

Haute Dog SF 4 features fabulous dogs strutting the runway in outfits designed specifically for them by some of the Bay Area’s most prominent interior designers with fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC), a sponsor of the event, along with The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco, and San Francisco Magazine. Hosted by local fashion icon and clothier Mr. Wilkes Bashford, Haute Dog SF 4 also offers drinks, bites and raffles from Bay Area hospitality sponsors, as well as Posh Pup Lane, a shopping emporium of doggie delights featuring unique pet products, services, specialties and gifts. 

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2014 Highlights Include #DogsWeLove

Dogs show us there is joy to be had from living in the moment. Your day, and whole life, can include uncertainty but find a sunny patch on the city sidewalk, and you might find yourself enjoying a moment. Something as simple as a sweet look between man and dog can lift your mood. Senior dogs in particular can make great teachers. When I look back over the past year, my old dog influenced me in many positive, and meaningful ways.

 

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Grouchy Puppy Founder Sharon Castellanos, and Cleo, her muse

I've compiled some of the best stories from 2014 that show us how dogs are like gardens, why dogs are perfect for introverts, and what my experience was like letting my beautiful dog pass on ahead of me [...] 

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You've given us a Thanksgiving miracle

Happy Thanksgiving to all the dog lovers out there! Today I give thanks for you, the reader, commenter, follower and friend. If you know anything, I expect you already know how thankful I am for my beloved old dog Cleo, however now I want to make sure you know how thankful I am for everyone who takes the time to comment here, on Facebook and Twitter, even on Pinterest and Instagram!

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