As the fourth oldest humane society in the U.S. and the founders of the No-Kill Movement, the SF SPCA has always been at the forefront of animal welfare. As a result of our efforts and those of our community partners, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the United States. No adoptable dog or cat in San Francisco goes without a home, even if they have medical or other issues.
In 2014, we merged with Pets Unlimited, a like-minded animal welfare nonprofit in Pacific Heights. Their organization included a nonprofit veterinary hospital that provided significant financial assistance to pet guardians in need, as well as a small adoption center. The original SF SPCA campus in the Mission, and the additional campus in Pacific Heights, are now working toward the same shared mission and goals.
We imagine a community where every animal has a loving home. Where animals don’t need the support of San Francisco’s rescues and shelters. And we know how to get there.
In 2012, the SF SPCA created Vision 2020—a roadmap to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by 2020. The plan identified three main reasons animals end up in shelters—overpopulation, barriers to veterinary care, and pet behavior issues. By addressing these issues aggressively, we intended to make San Francisco the first city in the nation to end animal homelessness.
In 2019, as we celebrate the success of Vision 2020 and the 30% reduction in abandoned animals from 2010 to today, we are asking ourselves—what’s next? We’re poised to expand the heart of animal welfare to serve increasing numbers of companion animals and the people who love them.
In the early 1990s, the SF SPCA and Pets Unlimited piloted the then-radical No-Kill working models for shelters. Across the country, a No-Kill Movement took hold. In 2012, we focused our Vision 2020 on ending animal abandonment with rescue, education, and prevention programs to keep animals out of shelters in the first place. Now, as we embark on Vision 2030, we will focus on access to care for animals in shelters and in homes.
What does Vision 2030 Look Like?
1. We are expanding our hospital services & community medicine programs so that every SF pet guardian has Access to Care for their beloved companion by 2030.
2. We are sharing our expertise in Shelter Leadership with shelters throughout California, so that every shelter has access to humane care & policies.
3. We are using the power of Advocacy for companion animals throughout the US with laws that protect them and the people who love them.
With these goals set for the future, we are excited to expand our focus of work from saving thousands of animals each year to positively impacting millions.