No-fee adoptions! SFACC will participate with 700 shelters across the country teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters. This nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 helps find loving homes for animals in need. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016. Come in and meet your new best friend!
A sincere thank you to ALL who bought and sold tickets for the Raise the Woof Raffle, which raised $7,500 toward the campaign for the new shelter! Thanks also to Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room in Dogpatch (2245 3rd St., SF) for hosting the prize-draw party on April 19. The tavern generously provided space to set up the raffle drum and donated $1 of every pint of delicious craft beer. Congratulations to Jack Hodges, who won the grand prize of Virgin America airfare for two. For those who stayed until the bitter end, a surprise must-be-present-to-win prize—a second Virgin America voucher—was won by Christine Smith (a Triple Voodoo employee). Special thanks to Patricia Aleman and Ashley Oreta, who arranged for Triple V. to host.
Three ACC volunteers don their door-prize hats.
The ACC shelter could not rescue and rehome or release as many animals as it does without the help of its many local adoption/rescue partners. Each year, Friends of SFACC awards small grants to the most critical helpers, based on the number of animals pulled from the shelter, the degree of difficulty (whether for medical or other reasons), and the need of the organization. This year, 22 rescues were given grants of $500-2,000, presented by FSFACC board members Jane Lee, Andrea Gremer, Althea Kippes. The stories coming from each group are different but a common thread runs through all of them: dedication to saving animals. Thank you for helping ACC!
*Special thanks to Pet Food Express for donating $100 gift certificates for each rescue and dog-wash tokens.
The following groups were awarded grants for rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming ACC animals in 2016:
So. Cal Dachshund Relief (Doxie Rescue)
Family Dog/Loup Garou
Give Me Shelter
Grateful Dogs Rescue
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
NorCal German Shepherd
Northstar Rodent Rescue
Palomacy (formerly Mickacoo)
Persian & Himalayan
Reptile Rescue (Paul Haskins)
Save a Bunny
Siberian Husky Rescue (BASH)
Sonoma Reptile Rescue
Toni’s Kitty Rescue
Representatives from Muttville, Bay Area Siberian Husky (BASH), and Palomacy brought furry and feathered guests.
On February 19, the Roxie Theater presented the NY Dog Film Festival ™ and both shows sold out! Half the proceeds from the Roxie’s ticket sales of both sold-out shows went to SFACC. Animal Control Officer Sgt. Ellie Sadler represented ACC, explaining the shelter’s open-admission policy of taking in every animal and helping them in every way possible. Friends of SFACC board members Mitch Dalition, Andrea Gremer, Althea Kippes, and Tim Tandun were on hand to share how FSFACC helps ACC and kicked off the Raise the Woof Raffle, selling tickets to support the new building effort. (Raffle tickets available until April 19 at SFACC). Thank you Tracie Hotchner and Lex Sloan & the folks at Roxie Theater!
Happy New Year!
We meet 2017 with resolve to get involved: in our communities, in our government, and especially with animals!
Last month, Friends of SFACC got involved with new partners who have an awesome spirit of giving. Estelle Choe, who adopted Tippy (now Apollo) from ACC, started an Etsy store and donated some of her handmade bandanas for the ACC shelter dogs to wear for the holidays. Remy Savin threw a birthday party for her dog Walter (shown with his gifts) and asked guests to bring items from the ACC wish list. Animal-loving employees from University of the Pacific Dental School and Under Armour coordinated donation drives for their colleagues.
The Friends of SFACC year-end holiday appeal raised over $40K for the animals, a terrific increase over last year! We’re optimistic that the shelter is increasing in visibility; one of Friends’ gifts to the shelter in 2016 was to launch the new ACC website, www.sfanimalcare.org.
ACC is moving in a positive direction, especially with the vote by SF supervisors to fund a new facility (and on Giving Tuesday no less). A special thank-you to SF Supervisor Katy Tang, who introduced new legislation last month that bans the sale in SF of domestic cats and dogs not obtained from rescue organizations and also those under eight weeks old (it passed!). Supervisor Tang is also beloved by ACC for hosting the 12 Days of Kittens in her office over the holidays, promoting adoption and ACC specifically.
Let’s resolve to make an even greater difference in the lives of SF animals this year. To your list of NY resolutions, find out how you can get involved at ACC. Opt to adopt or sign up to volunteer. Dog walkers, cat laps, and small animal pals needed are always needed! You can play fetch, cuddle, read to or hand out treats to the shelter animals. They love any attention and you’ll help keep them happy until they find their forever homes.
Thank you to everyone who stands with ACC and helps the shelter do the work that made it one of SFWeekly’s top local organizations deserving public support.