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Distressed Over SF SPCA Cuts

It was with considerable distress that I read of the San Francisco SPCA’s intention to reduce funding of animal rescue and education programs by $1.6 million [SF SPCA Endures Major Cuts,” September]. A critical part of the SFSPCA’s mission is to “save and protect animals.” The SFSPCA has put their own mission at risk though poor budget management and ill-concieved actions. 

The total annual budget of the SPCA was $40 million dollars in fiscal year 2017-18. Half of the budget was spent on fee-for-service veterinary hospitals that duplicate services available all over the city. Only a fifth of the budget — $8 million — went to the essential adoption, education, and companion animal programs that now face severe cutbacks. These cuts cannot be laid on new payroll rules, as your article suggested. The SPCA has a history of eliminating unique programs, such as the hearing dog and trainer certification programs. 

With its 40 million dollars, the SFSPCA rescued 5,345 dogs and cats. San Francisco Animal Care and Control rescued 4,308 dogs and cats in the same year, with a $6 million budget. SFSPCA takes in dogs and cats of its own selection. The SFACC takes in dogs, cats, farm animals, exotic animals and wildlife, regardless of health or temperament. The SPCA has built amazing veterinary and rescue facilities at great cost. The SFACC struggles with old facilities. 

Which of these shelters plans to reduce essential adoption and outreach services? The well-funded SFSPCA. 

These cuts will harm animals. The pets the SFSPCA now rescues from high-kill areas in the Central Valley and elsewhere will again face death. Adoptions will fall as the SFSPCA closes adoption locations. 

Apparently SPCA’s Vision 2030 initiative does not consider rescue and adoption as ways to improve “the health and welfare of animals.”  

Tears and struggles do not save pets. Long-term budget planning to support animal rescue does. It is time for the SFSPCA to re-align its financial actions with its rescue mission. 

Lynn Nielsen-Bohlman 

Keto Incredulous

Really? Hop on the latest fad Keto Diet? [“The Ketogenic Diet: Explaining Its Benefits for Dogs,” September] For dogs? NOT.

Cj Thatcher

Seniors Rule

Thank you, Bay Woof, and Muttville’s Bunny Rosenberg who wrote a fine article [“Senior Dogs Are for Everyone,” September], and all the folks out there who choose to adopt senior dogs.

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Where’s the Water? 

We really enjoyed your August 2019 issue of Beast of the Bay. Wondering if you guys know of a place to take dogs for swimming that’s safe and clean. We have heard of Del Valle and Shadow Cliffs. But is there anything in the East Bay for dogs? 

Cristen Atkins 

New Contributor

Just wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU!!! again for everything. It was amazing to see my article in print [“Pups Need Rest and Relaxation, Too,” September], and I’d love to do it again if you’ll have me!

Carlie Seelig Miller, CSM Dog Training

More Beast Gratitude

We are honored to have won the category Best Dog Friendly Work Place in the Bay Woof Beast of the Bay Awards [August]. These are all voted on by the public, and we love all the support. We came in Runner Up in a few categorizes as well. You can check out all the other winners here:

Furry Friends Pet Relief

We are honored to have made Runner Up for Best Dog Walker and Pet Sitter in the Beast of the Bay Awards. Thank you for all of your love and support and votes. 

Walks With Vet Techs


The Table of Contents garbled a headline and byline on a feature article in September. “Know What Is in Your Dog’s Treat” is the correct headline. The author was Nicole Matos of Wizzos Treats, Sorry about that, Nicole.

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