March 2024

Senior duo Rocko & Miko found themselves at our shelter when their person died. They were adopted from us more than 10 years ago. Happily, friends of their owner flew to SF from Colorado to adopt them. Thank you!

Adoption update! Petra (now Coco) is living a happily spoiled life with her dad, Steve Adami. She was in her stroller about to enter Costco. She is 3 months old and getting bigger, and was so calm amidst the hustle and bustle around her. It was obvious he dotes on her so much and said she’s almost done with her puppy classes! What a proud girl dad! Her IG handle is @cocoinsf

Bernie the young conure was adopted last month after his previous owner died. We got an update from his adopter: “Bernie is such a beautiful bird and is doing great in training and very much loved.”

Pretty Miss Tidbit was adopted this weekend: “I adopted Tidbit and she settled into our home in no time! Just wanted to give y’all an update and let you know she’s doing great.”

Sweet Eloise and her fabulous ear floofs were adopted by one of our cat volunteers today! It was love at first sight!

Big boy Tuna was adopted today after waiting patiently for almost 4 months! He took his beloved unicorn stuffy home with him and had a little celebration in the parking lot. Happy tails!

Adoption update! “Enzo was found all alone, in a Hunters Point sheet metal yard parking lot in February 2021, weighing 7 ounces and the great person who brought his tiny self to SFACC is our unknown hero. He checked out to be healthy and was put in Foster care via SFACC, and the rest is awesome history! Enzo was a pandemic parking lot adoption after his neutering (oh my goodness I am sure Enzo thought he was being Tutored not Neutered) I facetimed his Foster Mom on a Friday and went to ACC parking lot the next Tuesday. When Enzo adopted me, he weighed just 2 lbs and today he’s 14 pounds of Tuxedo love. He adores his Big sis Grappa. We love Enzo so much and he’s a therapy kitty cuz he keeps 10 year old Grappa young and me too.

Thank you so much SF ACC for fostering Enzo a  nd giving him a chance to live. We love life with Enzo Furrari! He’s meowvalous!”

Adoption update! Mittens was adopted a couple of weeks ago and we just got an update: “Hey SFACC Fam, it’s Mittens, but my dad now calls me Hank. He grew up learning to read through the stories of a nefarious farm dog called, “Hank the Cowdog” and gave me the name in his honor. I’m doing great! Dad takes me out every morning for a five-mile run to the top of twin peaks. It’s my favorite part of the day besides going to the dog park where I am an absolute star!!! I shine bright when playing tug o’ war with new dog friends, get compliments from the onlooking humans, and play nicely with everyone while getting my zoomies out.

I am so polite when on leash walking exactly by my dad’s side, if not two steps behind, although I must admit when I know we are going to the dog park I put all my strength into getting dad to move faster. Because I’m always staying physically active my indoor personality is really reserved and I spend most of my time in my dog bed by the office window or on the couch as a reward for being a good boy. We have our first day of puppy school coming up and my vet introduction appt too! I’ll let you know how those go. Nevertheless, Dad gave me my first bath at the local pet shop and he said I did great! Nevermind my shy little whine and side eye when he used the blow dryer instead of towels.

Thanks for taking care of me, giving Walker the chance to love me, and stay tuned for more updates! With gratitude and love,Hank a.k.a. Mittens a. a. k. a. Hanky Panky“

Doodle puppy Marvin was adopted earlier this week. He has a new name, Sunny, and a new brother to play with.

Adoption update! Puppy cutie Chuckie (R) went home this weekend. His new name is Mack and he loves hanging out with his new big brother Cashew!

Purty Peach has been adopted! Her new name is Juniper.

This family adopted 3 cats: teen house panther siblings Wednesday & Puggsley, as well as handsome gent Olaf. One cat for each person!

Sweet beauty Luna. It took her a few weeks to find her confidence in the shelter thanks to the help of our volunteers. Now she’s in her furrever home!

Pretty pup Larkspur was adopted today! She was found on St Patrick’s Day and was adopted on Easter. Her new name is Shannon.

SFACC dog volunteer Rebecca adopted a cat, who’s now named Hashbrown! He was a stray with a big abscess on his back, but now he’s all healed up and has gone home to live with his dog sister.





Marshmallow and Fluffy



February 2024

Timothy McFreckle-Face, eager to leave the building, was adopted after three months at the shelter.

Wee puppy Bryony has a new family and a new name, Juneau. He will have a big brother to show him the way!

Sweet puppy Spritz (left) went home to learn the ropes with his new older sister.

Sweet little Tetra has a new home and a new name, Coco. Happy tails!

Handsome charmer Tiger has been adopted by an employee of San Francisco Recreation and Park Department!

Phoebe and her new family.

Enzo update (formerly known as Chowder)! “Hello! A month ago my partner and I adopted a puppy from your shelter. I just wanted to send some photos and a little update. He is a playful, friendly, and sweet puppy! LOVES THE SUN. Two weeks ago we started training and he already knows many tricks… he knows how to sit, stay, down, touch, look (he look at you), come, leave it. He’s a very smart boy!! He has a very particular way to sleep. we all love him”


Catanzarro, now Moonpie, was adopted by a senior cat volunteer.






Sugar Cookie


January 2024

Playful pup Clyde found his forever family! Everyone was so excited to take him home. Looks like Clyde has a couple of new siblings to keep him busy.

Update: Fluffy mama cat Gigi (fka Chica) was adopted in 2019. She’s flourishing in her forever home, getting lots of quality cuddle time and looking gorgeous!

Pretty Patch is going home to another cat – a brother that they adopted from SFACC in 12/2022.

Our longest term resident Guinea pig Daytona has been adopted!

Update: “I wanted to send you a little update on how your friend Violet is doing since she came to live with me on Christmas Eve this past year.

First, she is now called Vivie as in Voluptuous Vivie, some times Vicious Vivie as she has limited patience for brushing and some handling but we don’t let it stop us from living the good life. I waited until today to message you as today Viv had her first appointment with Dr. Gervais, her new vet and we learned that she has lost a little weight. She is now weighing in at about 16.6 pounds, down from her previous 17! Yippee, that’s good news as Viv has been working very hard on her figure! While you can’t tell from the attached photos she is definitely feeling vivacious in her new life and I am so, so pleased she found me!”

UPDATE: “I wanted to give y’all an update on Huckleberry. We renamed him to Bigby. (He is quite the Big boy.) We celebrated his 3 months recently with some froyo! He’s been getting along super well with our 7 and 4 year olds, and we are able to take him on loads of errands and adventures.

Also, turns out he was 73 lbs and vet says he’s closer to 1 year old! haha. He’s got that big puppy energy, but a really well mannered one. Outside of a little bit of dog reactivity that we’ve been making progress on, Bigby boy is turning out to be the perfect family cow, I mean dog.”





Pudgie Budgie



January 26, 2024 – goat rescued in GGPark

Friday Field Notes with Officer Mullen: Earlier in the week we got a call from the SF Park Ranger dispatch stating that their park rangers had eyes on a goat that was loose in Golden Gate Park near Lloyd Lake. I was sent out to assist the park rangers currently on scene, help them secure the goat and bring it back to the shelter. There were a few park rangers along with several employees of San Francisco Park and Recreation stationed around Lloyd lake on foot and in trucks. The goat was very avoidant of us and ran whenever one of us got near. Thankfully the goat remained in the same general area and kept creating a loop, allowing us to station people in certain areas to keep eyes on the goat and help to guide him away from traffic.

After coming up with a few plans and having the goat outsmart us on all of them, we were finally able to corner the goat into thick brush. He was scared and went deeper into the brush and thankfully got a bit stuck (along with myself). Once he was stuck, Ranger Parker, who was below the goat, was able to get a hold of his horns and keep him from moving. Ranger Burrows and I climbed down to where Parker was standing and were able to secure the goat with a slip lead. At this point, the goat relaxed and allowed us to untangle his legs from the branches and lower him onto the ground. Once on the ground, he let us know that he was not thrilled about being caught, but eventually ranger Parker got a hold of his horns again and helped us guide him to the van. I used a stretcher from the van as a ramp and he walked right in. Once in the van I used a slip lead to make a temporary halter on his head to secure him for transfer. There were many hands involved in this rescue and I know that we would not have been successful without all of the helpers from SF Park and Recreational department and especially the park rangers. I was there for over an hour and they were there for a few hours before I got there. It was a long and athletic adventure, but well worth it when we were finally able to load him up safely into the van unharmed.

San Francisco is the first city in the US where 100% of its residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park. The SF Recreation and Park Dept. maintains over 225 parks, playgrounds and open spaces in San Francisco, plus two outside the city limits; Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the high sierras. They employ more than 2,000 individuals from gardeners, foresters, recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians and more. The Park Patrol Department utilizes park rangers to provide public safety, protection of park properties and educate people in how to live harmoniously with nature and the wildlife around them.

We don’t know where this goat came from and how he got into Golden Gate Park, all we know is that he is safe now and awaiting his next adventure with our rescue partner, Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary. We are so thankful for the fantastic teamwork with the park rangers and the other employees of SF Park and Recreational Department, it really took each and every one of us working together to safely secure the goat and get him out of harm’s way. We are also thankful to Goatlandia for accepting this wonderful guy into their herd so he can live a long healthy life with other goats.

January 19, 2024 – great horned owl rescued

Officer Mullen reports…
Earlier this week a groundskeeper at a golf course called our dispatch with concern for a Great Horned Owl that appeared to be situated in front of one of the equipment sheds. The owl had been on the ground for quite some time and there was a large group of crows circling above, dive-bombing and harassing the owl. I arrived at the golf course and the person who called me met me at the service road and directed me to where the owl was. Another gentleman was standing guard and protecting the owl from the relentless crows. Great Horned Owls often hunt and kill crows, so as soon as an owl is on the ground the crows take advantage and form large groups to continually harass their predator. The owl was sitting between two service sheds. Not wanting him to get scared and go between the sheds, I approached him from the side, talked softly to him and told him what I was about to do. Wearing bite gloves and using a long net I slowly got closer to the owl. The owl did resist a little and took a short flight, indicating that his wings worked properly, but quickly landed. He was then secured with the net, placed in a wire transfer cage and covered with a towel to reduce stress. Before fully covering him, I took a quick look at the owl to try and determine what was wrong. I immediately saw that one of the owl’s toes was bleeding and affecting the placement, curling the talon under the toe. I took a picture of the injury and texted our partners at Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Wildlife Care Center in Burlingame. They said that they would gladly accept this Great Horned Owl for rehabilitation and treatment of his injury.

Great Horned Owls have large eyes and pupils that open widely in the dark for excellent night vision. Their eyes do not move in their sockets but they can swivel their heads 270 degrees to look in any direction. Great Horned Owls do not migrate and actively defend their territories that range in sizes of 0.1 to 1.5 square miles. These species mate for life and will return to the same partner every year for breeding. However once breeding and nesting season is over, the mated pair will separate and live solitary until the next season begins. Great Horned Owls have soft feathers to help insulate from the cold and also stifle the sounds of their wings making them almost silent when they are flying and hunting. These owls have the most diverse diet of all North American raptors ranging from small mammals, amphibians and insects to larger mammals such as skunk, rabbits, opossums and even porcupines.

We are very thankful for the person who notified and directed me to the injured owl and for the other bystander who stood guard protecting the owl from the harassment of the crows. They also helped me to document the process by taking photos and video. We were able to successfully transfer this owl to PHS Wildlife Care Center and are hopeful that once the bird heals, he will return back to his San Francisco home. If you see any injured wildlife, please call our dispatch at tel:415-554-9400, we have officers answering the phones from 6am to midnight 7 days a week. Interested in helping injured wildlife? We are always in need of drivers to help bring these animals to our transfer partners, please look at our volunteer page on our website and see how you can get involved (and see some pretty amazing wildlife, too).