Volunteers Shelter in Place with SFACC Animals

During the shelter-in-place order as a result of COVID-19, SFACC mobilized shelter volunteers to foster adoptable animals. As of April 3, there are 62 animals in foster care, which gives the staff a break and makes more space available if needed for people who become ill and cannot care for their pet. Our sincere and deep gratitude for all the volunteer fosters giving these animals the field trip of their dreams!

 “Smallz is 14yo and Bam Bam is 9 years old, acting like he’s 5 until he realizes he’s tired. Smallz has arthritis so his walks are short and sweet. Bam Bam has been exploring Russian Hill, Aquatic Park and the Palace of Fine arts. He’s enjoying the highlights of the area without the crowds.
Bam Bam has been getting in plenty of steps every day keeping his foster mom active an away from the fridge. (Lol). Mostly the fridge is barricaded by Smallz when he lays down in the kitchen. It works great for all of us. Brushing sessions are requested daily now by Smallz. One of his admirers on the street asked if he’d been to the salon as he looked so dapper and fresh! Bam Bam is just a constant head turner by other people and dogs so he’s feeling good about himself too. They love both the brushing and hanging outside to see people walk by. They’re really good at cuddling and letting you know when they are still in need of more lovin’…These two are a treat to have around.”

Good boy Dermot is enjoying his foster time! Looks like he’s perfected chilling indoors, as well as the one ear up and one ear down look.

We have our first foster win! Guinea pig cuties Pigglesworth and Pygmalion will be adopted by their foster as soon as we resume adoptions!

Playful Lady is loving foster life and her foster feels likewise! “Lady has been a dream to have. She is such a sweet cat with tons of love to give. Thank you again for allowing me to foster her, it’s been a pleasure.”

Foster dog Hans is clearly an expert at cuddling in place! Who wouldn’t mind staying indoors if you get to snuggle up with a big handsome German Shepherd?

Guinea pig foster update! “Here is our little foster girl, her name was piggy but we call her Gwendolyn! She is so pretty and sweet! Great eater and makes the loveliest sounds

Lop eared buns Nala and Bella are enjoying their foster home, with lots of tasty treats, a bun house and lots of love!

“Travis is loving his life and getting as many snuggles as possible. We love having this little man.”

Beautiful Miss Moey is making the most out of sheltering in place in her foster home. She looks pretty comfy cozy!

Fluffy foster gent Evante is doing great in his foster home. He was understandably nervous at first but now he’s out and about! “He loves being pet, makes muffins and purrs when I’m nearby.”

“Pecan Sandy loves garden views and dozing off in the sun after a long walk around the neighborhood.”

It’s a pigeon party! Foster birds Sabah, Marzipan and Fondant enjoy a sunny breakfast.

Foster cat Sammy has elegance and flair as well as a stellar view of the city.

Pretty girl Minna is thriving in her foster home, recovering from her spay surgery in loving surroundings.”Overall she’s doing great! So full of energy and cuddles. She’s such a sweet, good girl.”

“We just brought Louisa to her foster home today. She is super sweet and was exploring immediately. We let her have some time alone to settle in and she immediately found the bed we set up by the window. She played with a feather toy for a bit and then settled on my lap while I ate dinner. I think the only time she isn’t talking is when she’s settled on a lap”

Advice from cat behaviorist GoCatGo (SF)…”Louisa started off her first days home in a chatty mood. It was hard to leave her alone without her singing her favorite tune. We’ve redirected her attention to food puzzles, giving her a job to do each day while #shelterinplace . (Hey, you can repurpose those #toiletpaper rolls! ) She’s quieted down some, but she’s probably always going to be that quirky and chatty kind of cat. Big Thanks to resourceful and creative foster parents that want to make the best of these challenging times.”

“Prince Harry is an active, kittenish teen. …Cuddly too and likes head scratches and belly rubs. He’s sweet and very gentle. He figured out the lay of the land very quickly and is curious about whatever I’m doing. He’s super playful and loves chasing the fishing pole toy. Happy lounging by himself too, watching DogTV.”

Wee pup Pinnocchio is now with Grateful Dogs Rescue. Check out how cute he is with his foster siblings!

March 2020

In March 2020, 52 animals found new forever homes!

Here is Chauncey! Chauncey was adopted from us in February of 2007. He celebrated his 20th Birthday and his 14th gotcha adoption day.

kitten Powder Puff, now named Marshmallow, was adopted! Powder Puff came into the shelter as a tiny bottle feeding baby and has grown into a beautiful healthy kitten thanks to a Toni’s Kitty Rescue foster home. 

Fruity Pebbles has gone home! She’s going to get to go to work with her new parents!

Fluffy kitten Possum has been adopted! It’s a major upgrade from the car engine he was found in!

Sweet kittens Greta and Bert went home together.

Bobart the rabbit was also adopted March 1st.

Cory will be his guardians’ first dog! They will be living in Manteca with a beautiful pool, jacuzzi and plenty of room in their backyard.

Timid kitten Opie went home with a wonderful adopter with a quiet household. She is going to spoil him and help him become a super confident cat!

Ramona (L) with Cory in the SFACC yard

A triple ACC alumni update and all in black and white!
“We adopted Shadow (then Badger) on March 28. 2015. Here’s an updated photo 5 years later. Both the kid and the dog grew. For good measure, here are our kitties, also from you. Adopted 10/31/2013. They were Daisy and Daphne, now Iris and Isis.”

 “Just wanted to say thank you & update about my adopted kitten. I adopted Silverton (then named Wendy) this January at 5 months old. I love her so much she’s been the most amazing kitten, mellow, loves to cuddle and lick my hair when I’m sleeping, and is so perfectly well behaved. I couldn’t have asked for a better cat! Thank you all so much! I always recommend you for people to adopt from! Thanks again for such a wonderful addition to my life!”

Sweet senior Bella was adopted to a wonderful young woman today, who wanted a quiet companion to come home to at the end of the day! She is so in love with her and they are going to be so happy together!

Wee chi guy Jimmy was adopted just a couple of weeks ago and he’s already settled in with his new pack! His adopters report “Jimmy is fitting in with our 2 dogs. He is such a love bug.”






Foster win! Senior bob-tailed sweetie Oreo has found her forever home: with her fosters. Lots of playing and couch snoozing is in her future. Congratulations!


Tiger went to Grateful Dogs Rescue!

Friends of SFACC 2020 Rescue Grant Awards

Boise Bully Breed Rescue volunteer transported Luigi, an SFACC grad, to their shelter in Idaho where he was adopted soon after.

Each year, Friends of SFACC awards partner organizations with small grants to help them rescue all species of animals from SFACC. This aid keeps the adoption flow going and increases the shelter’s capacity to help more animals. Helping our partners also keeps the Bay Area (and sometimes beyond) rescue community engaged with our shelter and by including our animals in their own network, adds a potential adopter base.

The Friends of SFACC Board of Directors works closely with SFACC to develop a list of 501(c)(3) partners that are invited to apply for a grant, which generally range from $500- $2,000. “This year, we invited over 50 rescues to apply,” Friends Board Member Andrea Gremer told me. Thirty-one invited groups applied and all of them received a grant from Friends of SFACC for their great work in 2019.” (Last year, 20 groups received grants, so the program is expanding.)

Andrea explained that the grant awards are determined by several factors: the number of animals pulled from the shelter (including those with special needs), financial status of the rescue group, and overall impact on SFACC and the community. A group’s service to SFACC is not measured only by the number of animals it takes. Some animals might have medical or behavioral issues, or for some reason are being overlooked in the kennel. For example, Boise Bully Breed Rescue has taken a few of the dogs who were not doing well in a kennel. With the combined efforts of volunteers to transport the dogs from SF to Boise, all of them were adopted to their forever homes.

Some groups, like Muttville and Palomacy, have partnered with SFACC for years. Others are new, like Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue, which has stepped into the big shoes of SFROMP and is taking in wildlife. (I had to look up“Yggdrasil,” a mythical tree that holds all the world’s animals). Sonoma Reptile Rescue tops the list with 188 animals rescued from SFACC (they take other animals besides reptiles). Wildcare took the highest number of wildlife (161); Muttville is the top dog group, with 159 senior dogs, and Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue brought 45 cats into rescue in 2019.

Because of the shelter-in-place order, the annual grant presentation and reception could not be held, but Muttville shared their appreciation in writing:  “We are proud of and grateful for our relationship with SFACC and Friends of SFACC—a partnership that grows stronger each year.”

Here’s the complete list of groups who received awards for their work in 2019. *Ordered by the number of animals they rescued in 2019 from SFACC (top down).


SFACC Rescues 27 Birds in Golden Gate Park

On one day in February, SFACC rescued 27 domesticated birds: King pigeons, Japanese Button Quail, and an assortment of other types of pigeons from Golden Gate Park. Because of the number and variety of birds, it’s likely that someone bought them at a live market and thought they were saving them by releasing them in the park. But in truth, setting them free condemns the birds to a slow death by starvation or a cruel one by predators.

Deb Campbell, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for SFACC recommends bringing such birds to SFACC, especially birds that can’t fly: “A word to the wise… Don’t release domesticated animals and expect them to fend for themselves. Good intentions can go awry. Especially with living creatures that are unable to defend themselves from predators (including cars…) and find food/water when they have no experience doing so.”

Releasing non-native species into the wild is also bad for native critters and can result in non-native species infestations, like the red-eared slider turtle, which competes for food and territory with the western pond turtle (a native). Red-eared sliders are popular pets and sold in pet stores, but are often released into public ponds (like Stowe Lake in GGPark) when they get too big to handle or their owners don’t want them anymore.

Back to the birds. Says Deb C. “King pigeons don’t fly well (if at all). They’re primarily bred for food.If someone sees any bird that can’t fly, they should call us or better yet–try and safely contain the bird and bring it to SFACC. We can sometimes trace companion birds, homing pigeons and raptors through bands. …As an open admission animal shelter, Animal Care & Control takes in animals of all species, and works with groups like Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions to keep them safe. So bring them to us.”

Note: All of the birds rescued from GGP were evaluated by Elizabeth Young of Palomacy (shown during a local news shoot), and transferred to either Sonoma County Reptile Rescue (they take birds too) and Palomacy.

MARZIPAN & FONDANT (A440570/A440569) are a strikingly gorgeous duo. They were among the 27 birds ACC recently took in and they can’t wait to find their forever home. These beauties will do well indoors or in a secure aviary. They each come with their own pair of pigeon pants.

Read Across America and at SFACC

Two rows of girls and women with a cart of donations.

March 2 was annual READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY, which takes place every year on the birthday of internationally acclaimed author and life-long animal advocate and enthusiast, Dr. Seuss. Our shelter was fortunate and grateful to have Girl Scout Troup 62770 come to our shelter to read to our available shelter cats and dogs. On top of that, the group also delivered donated food and supplies that they collected for the animals in our shelter’s care during their special SFACC Donation Drive.

After reading to some dogs and cats in their kennels, all members of the group enjoyed a very special meet and greet with adoptable dog, CORY, conducted by SFACC Animal Care Attendant, Alistair Callaway in our shelter park. Special thanks to SFACC Animal Care Supervisor, Tim Feldman and to SFACC Animal Care Attendants, Jessica Martinez and Alistair, who made this volunteer service project an educational, engaging, and safe experience for everyone!

FUN FACT: Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss was a life-long animal advocate whose family always included animals starting when he was a young boy and rescued/adopted a homeless, special needs (tripod) “pit bull terrier mix” dog he named Rex. Photo Credit from the book: “i am a good dog” Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Author, Ken Foster.