By Paula Benton
Without hesitation, I think we all can agree that our pets are often our favorite family members and friends. Watching over our bonded companions gives us a sense of acceptance, love, stability, pride and purpose as we try to be the best caregiving humans we can be. Especially during the Covid-19 crisis, this experience of self-worth through caring for an animal is vital for many people experiencing homelessness and unstable housing.
Although Full Belly Bus (FBB) has asked our valued volunteers to stay sheltered in place, our board is stepping up safely to double our outreach to pet owners in need. In addition to the five Navigation Centers that we continue to support monthly with individually packed pet-care bags complete with food and supplies; we are providing contactless free dog and cat food curbside pickup at St. Anthony’s twice a month. FBB has also extended our support to three city implemented “hotels” during the Covid outbreak and next month, in partnership with San Francisco Animal Care & Control, we will support the new RV Park pet owners.
At this time Full Belly Bus is experiencing twice the need for our help with half the usual resources and we truly need your support with pet food donations. Nothing is too little. Here are three ways you can help fill some furry bellies!
1. Drop off treats and unexpired dry and canned cat & dog food donations to:
- Martha & Bros. Coffee Co. at 1551 Church St., Monday-Sunday, 7am-1pm
- Noe Valley Farmers Market at 3861 24th St., Saturday, 10am-1pm
- The UPS Store at 4104 24th St., Monday-Saturday, 10am -2pm
2. For contactless porch pick up, text 415-525-95283.
3. Order pet food online and ship to:
Full Belly Bus, 4104 24th St, #937, SF CA 94114
With your help we can continue to create a culture of providing care without conditions and help without judgement to our community’s pets and owners in need. Thank you and be safe!
A Partnership with Full Belly Bus
by Katy Jones
For the past 4 years, Behavior & Training Associate Paula Benton and a small team of volunteers have helped two of San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations; people experiencing homelessness and their beloved pets. From her first clinic providing humane equipment swaps and training advice, Paula has lovingly grown this project into a bona fide nonprofit and SFACC’s newest community partner–the Full Belly Bus Mobile Pet Care Team!
Full Belly Bus provides free veterinary care, dog training, husbandry assistance, and much-needed food and supplies to the San Francisco Navigation Center pet residents in a comprehensive effort to eliminate some of the challenges transitionally-housed pet parents face.
SFACC is lucky enough to receive an extraordinary amount of donations from our community, but the shelter is not always able to use some of the items gifted to us. These generous donations can range from toys that cannot be used in an unsupervised setting such as a shelter, to beautiful collars and leashes that would not hold up to heavy laundering or our more sizable canine residents. Additionally, we receive an incredible outpouring of donated food on a regular basis, but since our shelter animals are on a specific diet, we cannot always incorporate these new foods as they would upset their tummies. Full Belly Bus and SFACC have been working together to funnel these resources back into our community and directly to Navigation Center residents in need.
This wonderful partnership helps loving owners keep their pets safe and healthy and, most importantly, keeps families together. By helping these beloved pets remain with their people, Full Belly Bus directly reduces the number of animals coming into SFACC, enhancing the quality of life for transitionally-housed animals, and supporting people working to end their homelessness in our community. You can learn more about Full Belly Bus, including how you can help, by checking out their website, fullbellybus.org, or following their Instagram @fullbellybus.
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. Go to the clinic site at least 1 hour before services begin. For more information, call 415-355-2248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See Project Homeless Connect for more info. on services they provide, plus the current schedule for locations and times, visit VetSOS.
Free/Subsidized Spay/Neuter Services @SF SPCA
- Community Cat Spay/Neuter program: Feral and free-roaming cat S/N, with traps available (free w/deposit).
- Free spay/neuter for pit bulls and pit mixes owned by SF residents, March 1-31, 2019.
- For animals other than feral cats or pit bull mixes, SFSPCA offers free or deeply discounted S/N surgeries for low-income San Francisco residents. Visit Spay/Neuter Clinic or call 415-554-3030.
Chunkify loves pit bulls and SFACC! Chunkify is an SF based apparel design studio. Their designs are inspired by Miss Molly, a chunky pit bull adopted from SFACC. Chunkify donates a percentage of profits to local animal shelters and causes and their current partner is SFACC. All of Chunkify’s goods are designed, sewn, and printed locally.
Gus’s Community Market provides fresh greens for SFACC’s small animals. Thank you SFACC Staff member Tim Feldman for arranging this!
Donate a Kuranda Bed to SFACC! Give ACC cats and dogs comfy Kuranda DOG BEDS and CAT TOWERS through the Kuranda Donation Program. They’re durable, comfortable, and easy to clean. Donors have helped ACC replace ancient fiberglass dog beds with these orthopedic-designed beds.
Click this link to donate online. Select the bed/tower to donate (at a discounted price) and the company will ship to ACC for free! Donate a bed as a gift or in memory of a loved one and Kuranda will mail a FREE Personalized Gift Card from you.
Re-Use for Rescues
Little Ark Dog Grooming at 748 14th Street in SF has an ongoing drive in the store. Customers can donate new or gently used dog items, which will be used at the shelter or passed on to pet owners in need.
Sports Basementeers Rewards Program Benefits ACC.
When you shop at any Sports Basement location, you can register as a Sports Basementeer and select Friends of SF Animal Care & Control to receive 10% off your purchase, plus 10% of profits go to Friends (with a one-time $25 fee).
Wildebeest is a local dog-product company, pledged to donate 5% of online sales to SFACC. Use the coupon code SFACC15 for 15% off on their website.
When you book a service, choose Friends as the donation recipient, and let Shear Pets know at the time of service. They will donate a percentage of earnings to Friends of SFACC.