adopt | donate | volunteer | | December 2019
Meow-y Holidays! SFACC alumnus Belarus (adopted 2018) has teamed up with Bonfire to bring you comfy collegiate-inspired gear celebrating adoption. Stay warm this winter while sharing a message of adoption and supporting shelter animals. (100% of proceeds will be split between SFACC and Cat Town!) 
Dear Friends,

As we celebrate the holidays with our pets or the pets of family and friends, we realize how important animals are in our lives. We are grateful for your support of Friends, which enables us to continue helping animals in San Francisco. And we salute the continued dedication of SFACC's staff and volunteers, who are working at full speed this month to introduce folks to our ACC small animals, including rabbits and guinea pigs, at Macy's Holiday Windows. An incredible outreach opportunity! 

In this issue, we are delighted to share below's Q&A interview with Deputy Director John Skeel. And, speaking of staff members, a special shout-out is in order to Kathryn Jones, Animal Care Attendant, who worked her magical connections with other rescue/adoption groups far and wide to place an amazing number of SFACC dogs this fall with partner organizations, including two dogs who were transported to a shelter in Boise, Idaho. Kathryn, we appreciate and are grateful for the work you do in saving animals' lives!

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to give to others this holiday season, we hope you will consider investing in gifts that give back. Make a donation in honor of a friend or family member. Simply include their contact information in the dedication section on our donate page, or enclose it with your mailed check, and we will inform them of your gift.

Finally, we invite you to join us on the global day of giving on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and donate on behalf of the animals that bring us so much joy. Your support sustains the critical work of SFACC and the programs supported by Friends. 

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Holiday Season!
~The Friends of SFACC
Upcoming Events
SFACC will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The shelter will close early 12/24 and 12/31. Otherwise, the shelter is open every day, 11:00am-6:00pm and until 7:00pm on Wednesdays. Adoption kennels open at 12:00pm. If you need help with an animal in distress, call Animal Control Officer Dispatch: (415) 554-9400 6:00am - 11:00pm.
Now until Jan. 1: Macy's Windows!
For the first time in the 33-year history of this annual event, SFACC will join our neighbors—the SF SPCA—this year. Our small animals will make their debut in the Macy's Holiday Windows on November 22, with daily appearances until January 1, 2020.
Dec. 5 | Thursday| 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cuddle Experience with Small Animals 
7th Floor, Macy's Union Square, SF
Meet SFACC volunteers and cuddle with bunnies, guinea pigs. Learn about the joys of smalls as pets. They are quiet, don't take up much space, and are fun to watch and play with. Come to Macy's and get a cuddle!
Dec. 8 | Sunday | 10:00am - 1:00pm
Free* Microchip/Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine Clinic
1200 15th St. at Harrison St., SF
*Microchips are free for dogs licensed in SF; free for cat guardians with an SF residence; $20 for everyone else. A rabies vaccine ($6) is required for a dog license (no rabies vaccines for cats). Licenses are sold onsite at the shelter (fees vary). The quarterly clinic is first come, first served. The number of dogs vaccinated depends on the number of veterinarians we have on clinic day; we can't guarantee everyone is seen. Sponsored by Friends of SFACC and SF Veterinary Medical Association (SFVMA). The next clinic is Dec. 8, 2019. Questions? Call (415) 554-6364.
Dec. 10 | Tuesday| 10:00am - 2:30pm
Free Veterinary Clinic for Homeless Clients

150 Golden Gate Ave., St. Anthony Foundation
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. Come to the clinic site at least 1 hour before services begin. Call 415-355-2248 or email See Project Homeless Connect for more info. on services they provide. VetSOS schedule
Dec. 14 | Saturday | 10:00 - 11:30am
New Volunteer Orientation

SFACC, 2nd fl. lobby, 1200 15th St., SF
Sign up by calling 415-554-9414 or email
Preregistration is required. Volunteer with cats, dogs, and/or small animals. Meet in the 2nd floor lobby 10-15 minutes early; arrivals after 10am must reschedule.
 You must be 18 to volunteer. For details about ways you can volunteer and future session dates, see the SFACC websiteSFACC needs small animal volunteers.
Dec. 15 - 21| Friends of SFACC/Sports Basement Fundraising Shopping days
Location: All Stores AND Online
We’re inviting everyone that supports Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control (that’s you!) to a special shopping event from 12/15-21, when you’ll receive 11% off your entire purchase. And, if you’re a Basementeer, you get a 20% discount! instead.* 
Click HERE for details.
Dec. 19| Every 3rd Thursday | 8:00 - 9:00am
Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for SF residents
Mobile van @ SFACC - 1200 15th St., SF

The mobile clinic is provided by Peninsula Humane Society. Pets are accepted from 8-9:00 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 or see the SFACC website.
Shelter Hero - Q & A with John Skeel,
SFACC Deputy Director
John at an adoption event in Windsor.
Where were you born/raised and were you interested in animals growing up?
Originally from Brighton, England, I grew up about an hour north of London in the city of Peterborough. I have always had an interest in animals and there were animals around me as I was growing up, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds and fish. An uncle of mine worked as a manager on a farm, so I was around farm animals too.
What is your past experience?
I moved to the United States 31 years ago and received my Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Therapeutic Recreation/Psychology, and my Master’s Degree from Michigan State University in Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources/Urban Studies.  Most of my career I’ve worked as a director or manager for a variety of municipalities, special districts, and non-profit organizations in administration.  
My early career work involved developing therapeutic programs involving treatments for people recovering from various physical, mental, or emotional conditions where animals—such as dogs, cats, and horses—were part of the therapeutic treatment.  For example, working with horses in hippotherapy programs where horseback riding is used as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment for improving a person’s coordination, balance, and strength. Even in the park and recreation field I was responsible for the creation and management of dog parks, equestrian trails, and farms. 
During the last five years I was the Director of Animal Services for Sonoma County, where I managed animal services for the County and ran a shelter operation very similar to the one here at SFACC. In Sonoma my work focused on improving the life of animals at the shelter to increase our live release rate and adoptions. These efforts included making various innovative shelter improvements, increasing efficiency and effectiveness of operations, expanding and improving community outreach efforts, reorganizing the overall operation, managing a rebranding effort and overseeing an awareness campaign designed to reposition the organization to maximize support for funding and other resources. Oh, and then there were the annual fires and floods, which helped to give me an unforgettable first-hand education on disaster and emergency response and preparedness.  More...
Kittens Rescued from Construction Site at Dandelion Chocolate 
Back in September, four kittens were found in the wall of our neighbor’s building, Dandelion Chocolate. An employee heard teeny meows coming from a wall in an area under construction and convinced the construction workers to break into the wall, where they found the 3-week-old kittens. All were were quickly transferred to the foster care of Toni Sestak of our partner Toni's Kitty Rescue. Cocoa Bean, Nibs, Lion, and Nibby Horchata have been adopted.
More Stories and Adoption Updates
For stories, fundraising news, and adopted animal updates, please visit these links: See all available animals on the SFACC website and FACEBOOK. Follow us on Instagram (@sfanimalcareandcontrol), Snapchat (@sf_acc) and Twitter (@SFACC). Don't miss Ofiicer Edith (@OfficerEdith)!
Featured Animals
  • When you adopt two animals, the second adoption fee is discounted 50%.
  • Animals who have been available for over 30 days, are 8+ years old, and special medical/behavior adoptions are discounted 50%.
  • Senior adopters: inquire about discounts. 
  • There is no fee for an adult dog or cat adopted by a veteran.
  • Adopters of all bull-terrier-mix dogs receive a Welcome Home gift bag with toys and treats.
Dog of the month: AVA (A434099) We can’t lie. Ava is a sweet, sweet...diva. When you come to meet her, she will sing the song of her people to you. It will be off note, but heck if she isn’t trying her best. She’s usually singing “Why Is This Fence Between Us?” Don’t let her diva antics fool you! She’s actually a down to earth gal who just wants to catch a few squeaky Kong balls, get some scratches on her belly, and some kisses to the face. Oh and she loves laps and massages.
Qualified adopters will receive a 50% discount on her adoption fee plus a Welcome Home Gift Bag with toys and treats!
Cat of the month: LITTLE (A413455) is a very friendly, affectionate, and somewhat sassy tabby girl. You might call her Little Cougar although she's only 3 yrs. old. This beauty is looking for an adult-only forever home with experienced adopters, where she can relax, chat a bit about her day, and snuggle in your lap. Come meet her! 
Small animal of the month:
Young bun cutie HOP (A432053) is curious, friendly, playful and likes to explore. This gorgeous 9mo boy loves having time out of his cage to roam, especially in our shelter park. Hop is looking for a forever home with plenty of love and snacks. Come and meet this lovely fun bun!
...SFACC has a variety of rabbits, guinea pigs, friendly hamsters, birds, and reptiles that changes constantly. Check out our small animals for adoption. Perfect for small apartments, they make quiet and fun companions. 
Over 1,000 cats and kittens have been adopted from SFACC's Cat Adoption Center at the Pet Food Express store, 1975 Market St. The website description usually notes if a cat is at PFE. You can also check by calling the store (415) 431-4567. Thank you, Pet Food Express, for helping SFACC cats find their people!
If you donate $250 or more you are eligible for a portrait through Pet Food Express’s My Mutt program. A wonderful way to honor your pet, whose photo will grace one of the PFE stores before it comes home to you.
DID YOU KNOW? ...All animals that you adopt from SFACC receive:
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • A microchip (dogs/cats)
  • Up-to-date shots
  • License (dogs/cats)
  • One free visit to an S.F. veterinarian
Volunteer/Job Opportunities at SFACC
  • The Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) is now accepting wild mammals from SFACC and we need more volunteers who can transport wild critters south to PHS. Please let us know if you can help our wild friends by giving them a lift. Email
  • Wonder what's it like to be an ACC Animal Control Officer? @OfficerEdith explains it all. If this sounds like the career for you, open positions are waiting for you! See/share this JOB POSTING. 
Top Treat & Wish List Requests
Breaking news from our shelter dogs and cats...We're running low on supplies of cream cheese and Hills Rx Diet a/d food for kittens and cats, string cheese, hot dogs, squeeze cheese, and chedder cheese blocks.Thank you on behalf of our hungry residents!
We can also use a few double-handle leashes. You can bring treat or wish list items in during open hours or order on AmazonSmile from the ACC WISH LIST, which ships directly to the shelter.


Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Go to and designate Friends of SF Animal Care & Control as your charity.

MEOW MATCH! ...Find out if your company has donation matching opportunities. Many firms match employee donations and might have foundations that allow nonprofits to apply for grants. Some companies will even donate to the nonprofit of your choice--Friends of SFACC--for volunteer hours that you spend here at the shelter. 
SFACC has always been grateful for the generosity of employees and retirees of the City and County of San Francisco. The annual City Employees Combined Charities Campaign allows employees and retirees the opportunity to donate either by payroll deduction or one-time check to their favorite causes. The Combined Charities forms were distributed in October and the campaign ends Dec. 6, 2019. You can support SF animals by writing "San Francisco Animal Care & Control" in the America's Best Local Charities section of the form (charity number L2098).
Come Visit Us at Macy's Union Square Holiday Windows!
November 22 - January 1, 2019
The Windows will remain open every day throughout the holiday season from 10am to 7pm, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. And on Sunday, November 24, from 11am to 6pm.
What topics would you like to see in future issues? Please let us know by emailing
Our Mission
Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (FSFACC) is the only organization dedicated to raising funds for the City’s municipal, open-admission animal shelter and its rescue partners in order to enhance or establish programs and services that benefit animals, and serve and educate the public.

Ways to Give
Your donation helps support critical programs at SFACC that are outside the scope of the city budget for the department. Donate now to help SFACC animals or read more on our website.

Privacy Policy
The Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control (FSFACC), including its officers, partners, and volunteers, will never give or sell your name, contact information, payment information, postal address, email address or other personal information to third parties.

Contact Us
  • For fundraising information, email the Friends of SFACC:
  • For shelter services, wildlife issues, or questions about adoption, lost animals, volunteering, or other animal-related issues, please contact SF Animal Care & Control at (415) 554-6364 or EMAIL:
  • If you adopted an animal from us and would like to send an update, please send it to
Share this newsletter
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward
Pin Pin
Follow SFACC animals
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Website Website
Instagram Instagram
Follow Friends of SFACC
Copyright © 2019 Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, All rights reserved.