Adoption Partner Rescue Awards 2019

SFACC Acting Ops Manager Ariana Luchsinger (left) holds one of the beneficiaries of a Friends of SFACC microgrant, and Friends board member Lauren Weston meets two new friends.

On March 30, Friends board members welcomed the recipients of the 2019 Friends of SFACC Adoption Partner Rescue Awards. A long-time program of Friends, the microgrants are distributed each year to Bay Area adoption partners who rescue animals from the shelter. This year, 20 organizations received microgrants totaling $50K for their work with SFACC in 2018.
The Bay Area’s strong network of animal adoption organizations is one of the key reasons SFACC is able to maintain a high level of success. Whether in response to environmental disasters, urban intrusion, cases of displacement, loss, neglect, or abuse, our adoption partners expand SFACC’s capacity to rescue animals by accepting animals from us and rehabilitating, fostering, and finding them forever homes or releasing them back to the wild.

Patty La Cava, representing Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue was the first to accept a grant and expressed how impressed and grateful she is to work with SFACC’s professional staff and volunteers “SFACC is my favorite shelter to work with–their work with rescue groups is exceptional and really stands out.” Other recipients echoed Patty’s sentiments. The appreciation is felt on both sides! Beyond helping to ensure that these organizations have the resources to support their work, Adoption Partner Grants keep the Bay Area rescue community engaged with SFACC, widening our collective reach and expanding our potential adopter base.

Sherry Frankin, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (L), accepts her grant from Friends of SFACC board member Andrea Gremer.

Some of the animals that our adoption partners take on are among the hardest to save: animals that need extensive medical and behavioral rehabilitation. The special-needs work they do is remarkably resource intensive and we’re grateful for each organization and their unwavering dedication to saving animals’ lives.

Friends of SFACC Board Member Timothy Tandun and Genevieve Herreria (Board Chair) get to know sociable Kensy, a former racing pigeon and available for adoption through Palomacy.

2019Adoption Partner Rescue Award Recipients

Adoption partner representatives pose for a group photo at the March 30 reception at Sports Basement on Bryant St. in SF.

Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue (BASH)
Bulldog Norcal Rescue
Beyond Rescue
Coppers Dream
Dog Zone
Give Me Shelter
Grateful Dogs Rescue
Mickaboo Bird Rescue
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Rescue
Ratical Rodent (formerly North Star)
Save a Bunny Rescue
SFROMP (SF Rescued Orphan Mammal Program)
Shep Heros
Snap Cats
Sonoma Reptile Rescue
Town Cats
Toy Dog Rescue
Wonder Cat
Wonder Dog

Josh Norem, The Furrtographer

Josh Norem, The Furrtographer, is one of the most amazing animal photographers around. He has that very special knack and ability to capture an animal’s unique traits and personality. Josh has used his gift for many years to showcase our shelter animals as the superstars they are. We’ve been so lucky to have him as part of the SFACC team, photographing animals as well as events for SFACC. So many of our shelter animals have found homes because of his wonderful volunteer service. Unfortunately for us, Josh has moved to the Sacramento area and is no longer able to work with us. We wish him the best of luck and will miss him terribly.
Thank you for everything Josh!

Here are a few of Josh’s portraits that helped these SFACC animals get adopted…

Doc’s Clock Yappy Hour 4/6

WHAT: Doc’s Clock Yappy Hour Fundraiser for FSFACC
WHEN: April 6, 2019
WHERE: Doc’s Clock Bar, 2417 Mission Street, SF

Doc’s Clock is a local dog-friendly bar that supports SF animal rescue efforts. Come and hang out with friends and have a special-event cocktail. Props to Standard Deviant for donating beer! Bar proceeds go to Friends of SFACC. Bring your well-mannered pooch and cash (Doc’s is cash only). Come drink for a good cause!

March 2019

In March, we had 74 Adoptions! 33 cats, 25 dogs and 33 small animals (fish, rabbits, and guinea pigs).

An update on Fluffy bun Moe, adopted in December:
“He’s a super special little guy, and we’ve been thrilled to have him as a part of our family. He’s been bonded with our other rescue, Pasha who is now 5 years old.
Many thanks for helping to get him adopted!”

Darling pup Wallaby has
left the building!

A catastic update! “Migñon (formerly Marmalade) came home from ACC with us in July. She’s a super smart, super engaged kitty who responds to about 10 commands (she’s an ace at clicker training). She’s gained 3 pounds to make her a nice healthy weight. She’s a sweetheart who has her own opinions about everything (of course!) Thank you for bringing her into our lives!”

Cutie pie, Yam (now named, “Cowboy”), has gone home with his new older sister, Lola (left), and his mom and dad! Lola was smitten with Yam, a true love match. So excited for this adorable family!

A great Caturday update: 
“Bonded pair Hennessy and Tennessee, formerly Bobby and Teddy(adopted July of last year) are loving their forever family—and chair! They share bonded snugs in their favorite chair every day.”
Thank you for adopting a bonded pair and giving them such a snuggly life!

We’re thrilled that wee
pup Bingo found her forever family! Looks like lots of love and fun are in
store! Her new name is Bailey.

Cinnamon and Chai

Twinkle Toes

Bobby & Teddy!



Houston was redeemed by his owner.


Tulip is now named Willow.





Snowball dropped by for a visit.