As 2019 draws to a close, I want to introduce myself as the new Chair of Friends of SFACC, and to thank Genevieve Herreria for her many years of service as board chair, animal champion, and friend of San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Her leadership has been foundational to our successes, the most important of which is that construction began in April on the new shelter building, with completion expected Spring of 2021!

The facility will be a state-of-the-art, modernized and retrofitted historic building. Constructed in 1893 and rich in San Francisco history, the building at Bryant and Alameda Streets will be preserved for all San Franciscans to visit and enjoy. The new SFACC facility will follow best practices in disease, noise, and odor control, and improve the overall well-being and adoptability of animals in their care. Our goal is to raise $4.3 million over the next four years for the new building as well as to ensure continued support for programs that are not covered by the City budget.

Because of people like you who want to make a difference, Friends provides support to SFACC that allows this incredible shelter to better serve the community. Please read our 2019 Impact Report and consider a year-end gift. With your help, we can better serve the County of San Francisco and all the domestic and wild animals in need in 2020. We could not do this work without the financial support of friends like you. Thank you for being our partner.

Thank you for all you do for animals,

Lauren Weston

P.S. I would love to show you the new building site and the progress made so far! Please contact me to schedule a tour. I also encourage you to visit our website at, sign up for our newsletter, and keep an eye out for emails from Friends to learn more about the other programs we support.

2019 Impact Report & Meet Lauren Weston, Chair