October 2022

In October, SFACC had 128 direct adoptions (85 cats, 22 dogs, and 21 other species). An additional 210 animals were transferred to adoption partners (85 dogs, 85 cats, and 40 other species). Thank you to everyone involved in giving these animals a second chance!

The first dog adoption of October, sweet boy Wiggum (L) has gone home with his new canine sibling!


It’s our annual report from ACC alum Lily: “Hi ACC, It’s me, Libby… It’s been another adventure filled year as I celebrate my 8th year in my forever home. This year for my annual update I thought I’d share a typical day. It begins when mom gets up for work, she walks us all one by one (she says it’s so we can each have some alone time with her). Then comes breakfast, before mom leaves for work she hides boiled chicken around the house and once she leaves we go on our scavenger hunt (I used to have separation anxiety when I first arrived and would get into everything, mom says that’s not a problem anymore once I realized I get treats). Next we settle in for a nap till dad wakes up and takes us outside.He plays with us for an hour or so till he has to go to work, another nap… Mom comes home and she plays with us in our backyard for a while (backyard pic of us on bottom right) We then hang out until dinner time.

On mom’s days off that’s when we get our special outings to the park, the beach or various new places, and we do it all over again. Here are a few pictures of me and my housemates. Anyway, thanks again for finding me my perfect home. I’ll see ya all next year. Happy Pitbull Awareness Month… Libby”

10-year adoption update! Tabby boy Danger Dogg was adopted in 12/12. “He’s almost 10 1/2 years old now. And he is the sweetest and most unbelievably considerate mister cat. I’ve been in love since I saw him for the first time.” Such a good, handsome boy.

Lentil (L) and her new family.

Lucy with her new mom.

Maltese mix, Arepas.

Alumni visit! Sweet Mathilda, who was adopted in February, came by today with her mom for a visit and to donate food. What a beauty. Thank you!

17-yr-old Frenchie adopted!

Horton and his new family.



Picnic adopted and has an older (and larger) sibling.

Long-time resident Pink has gone home!

Three pomeranian pups have been adopted!


Spock and Midnight went home together!

Tanka has been adopted and has a new name: Mochi.

Little bunny Thao has gone home!

Sweet bun Dimples was adopted by one of our volunteers.

Wee hamster Renee went home.

Jiggle and Wiggle were adopted together.

Two of our fantail pigeons were adopted by a couple from Pittsburg who have an aviary!

Help San Francisco Ban Shock Collars

Two like-minded SF dog trainers—Ren Volpe (GoDogPro.com founder and CEO) and LT Taylor (SFACC Behavior & Training Div.)—are on a mission to help enact a city-wide ordinance banning the sale and use of shock collars/e-collars in San Francisco.  The ordinance aims to improve the health, safety, and welfare of dogs in San Francisco and would be the first of its kind in the nation.

Top veterinary doctors and behaviorists agree that using aversive methods like electronic shock collars leads dogs to suppress or mask their outward signs of fear, often causing them to act suddenly with heightened aggression and with fewer warning signs when they feel threatened. In addition, after being repeatedly shocked, the dog may begin to feel unsafe, which can cause them to live in a constant state of fear. As a result, shock collar/e-collar training can make aggressive dogs more dangerous and put the public at risk.

Electronic shock collars are an outdated and inhumane method of animal training and are currently banned in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, the Netherlands, Wales, Quebec, and parts of Australia. New York State is currently considering legislation banning the sale of shock collars. Research shows that it is more effective to train and handle dogs without punishment and aversive techniques.

Pet-related equipment terminology can be confusing. For the purposes of this legislation, a “training e-collar” (also known as a “shock collar) refers to any device affixed to a dog that produces an electric current designed to decrease or change behavior, including electrical stimulation collars and anti-bark collars. This legislation does not apply to GPS collars and attachments (such as Whistle, Fi, or Apple AirTags) used for tracking. Vibrating-only collars (with no shock or stim option) are excluded from the ban and may be used in the training of deaf dogs. If you are confused about the difference between a shock collar and an e-collar, read this article.

In October 2022, the SF Animal Welfare Commission voted to support a proposed shock collar ban and the next step is for an SF Supervisor to sponsor the bill and vote to enact the legislation. To read the draft legislation text and peer-reviewed scientific studies, visit SF-ShockFree.org

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Pledge Your Support: If you are in the dog services industry in SF (trainer, pet store, walker, groomer, etc.), add your name to our growing list of supporters.
  2. Call or Email Your Supervisor: Call or write and tell them you support this legislation. Find your supervisor’s phone number and email here.
  3. Lend a Paw: Send us a message if you want to join us in making this a reality.
  4. Sign this petition and spread the word. Share with your dog-loving friends.
  5. Print, make copies, and share this handout.

2022 Halloween Pet Costume Contest

It’s baaaack!

The Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control is hosting an online pet costume contest beginning October 1st! We’ve added a new category: Twinning─which means the best match in appearance.

Spooktacular Categories!

  • Best homemade costume
  • Best cat costume
  • Best small animal costume
  • Best group costume
  • Best Twinning costume

Terrific Prizes!

Your choice of either:

  • $50 Chewy gift card
  • $50 Pet Food Express gift card

To enter, DM your photo to @friendsofsfacc on Instagram or Facebook OR email your photo to info@friendsofsfacc.org. and you’ll be entered in a chance to win some spooktacular prizes. No entry fee is required.

All submissions must be in by 12 PM on October 30, 2022. Judges will select six winners and they will be announced on HALLOWEEN.

Good luck!

#SFtrickypets2022 #petcostumes #halloweenpets

September 2022

In September, SFACC had 142 adoptions (99 cats,21 dogs, and 22 other species). In addition, the shelter transferred 243 animals to adoption partners (122 cats, 60 dogs, and 61 other species). A total of 385 animals! Thank you to everyone involved in giving these animals a second chance!

 Update: House panther Maru (left) was adopted in January and he even has a buddy to hang out with. “He’s been doing great! Thank you for all the work you folks do!”

Statuesque beauty Liz Taylor went home with a family who recently lost their SFACC alumni bully.

Bonded junior house panthers Jaadoo and Kismet have gone home.

Cutie pie pup Zela has gone home.

Yay! Gorgeous guy Willis went from stray to his forever home!

Small animals volunteer Sharon adopted sweet wee bun Sterling! Hoppy tails!

Adoption update! Sweet elder pig Prubs was feeling blue because she’d lost her lifelong piggie companion. Her person brought her to SFACC to find her a new friend. She hit it off with neutered male Gimlet and home he went. He’s now named Ringo “because of his moptop and gentle goofus face and he’s settled in beautifully…and Prubs is scampering around like a girl again.”

Another update: Empanada is growing up fast, almost 20 lbs now, she is super happy and healthy! Her new name is Poppy (as California Poppy.) See more photos of Poppy here.

Petite pittie girl Doechii has gone home with a canine sibling.

Wow, that was fast! Pufnstuf has been adopted! He’s gone home with one of our dog walking volunteers, who met him on her shift today and fell in love!

Chonky sweetie Alexandra was adopted today. How happy are her adopters?!

Wee pup Sweet Pea was available for maybe an hour before she met her new family.

Chocolate velvet hippo Dunkel has gone home! Looks like he’s pretty happy about it.

Playful cutie Max was adopted today. He’ll have lots of people to play with.

So many cat adoptions and many happy faces, in one weekend! Kittens Jasper & Emerald went home together. House panther kitten Jameson rode home in style. Tabby cutie Mica went home, as did gray sweetie Chia. And kittens Dragonite & Prune met, became new sisters, and went home together.

Pretty pup Dumpling is so happy to have gone home. (Never mind her worried face!)

Darling kitten Bobo has found his forever family.

Longtime resident guinea pig bonded pair French & Toast.

Ashley and Harley

Isabella update

Jaadoo and Kismet

Lorenzo and Giuseppe

Merlin, Winnie, and Munchkin

Merv adopted and now has an older sister.

Woohoo! Puppy Ramen has gone home. Something tells us she’s very pleased.

Kitten siblings Ah Mui & Ah Goh went home with some human siblings! And Ruby went home after being left alone when her siblings were all adopted. Happy tails!

Virtual Coyote Talk

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Keli Hendricks from Project Coyote, SF Animal Care & Control, and the SF Recreation & Parks Department held a virtual talk about the coyotes in our midst, common coyote myths, ways to keep you and your pets safe, what to do if you see a coyote, laws and coyotes, and so much more. A Q&A followed the presentation with questions about coyote behavior in general and SF coyotes in particular.

If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording on Youtube.

For additional questions, please contact acc@sfgov.org