EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2016
Those close to me know what a soft spot I have for animals, especially dogs. Growing up, I always had a strong connection to the animals in my life—from plastering my dog's kennel with drawings so that she wouldn't be lonely while my family was gone as a little kid, to taking long walks and snuggling on the couch with my dogs on visits home from college. As I get older, it's important to me to channel that affection toward action on behalf of the animals in my community.
I've included details about the SF SPCA to which I'm dedicating my training and first half-marathon race in memory of the weiner dogs in my life: Jasmine, Scount and Chloe. My goal is to raise $1000 and become a certified volunteer within the next three months. My company will match the funds I raise, so consider anything you're able to contribute, doubled. Thank you for your generosity and support!
The mission of the San Francisco SPCA is to save and protect animals, provide care and treatment, advocate for their welfare and enhance the human-animal bond. As the fourth oldest humane society in the U.S. and the founders of the No-Kill movement, the SF SPCA is at the forefront of animal welfare. As a result of their efforts, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the United States.
In 2012, the SF SPCA created Vision 2020—a roadmap to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by 2020. The plan identifies three main reasons animals end up in shelters—overpopulation, barriers to veterinary care and pet behavior issues. By addressing these issues aggressively, we can make San Francisco the first city in the nation to end animal homelessness. All SF SPCA programs and services support at least one of three Vision 2020 principles: prevention, rescue and education.
By preventing overpopulation and surrenders, the SF SPCA will help ensure that animals never need to enter a shelter.
- Free and low-cost spay-neuter
- Comprehensive behavior services and resources
- Charity veterinary care
- Expanded trap-neuter-return, which stops cat overpopulation at the source
The SF SPCA will rescue every healthy, adoptable and medically treatable cat and dog by increasing adoptions, expanding foster programs, exposing puppy mills and changing consumer attitudes towards buying puppies online.
- High-volume adoptions
- Post-adoption support
- Comprehensive veterinary care
- Increased foster and fospice programs
As the SF SPCA provides information and support to the community, it encourages advocacy. And, with their robust youth programs, the SF SPCA is creating the next generation of animal advocates.
- A strong presence at events, online and in traditional media
- After-school and summer programs
- Animal assisted therapy training and visitation programs
- An advocacy department that identifies critical animal welfare issues