I've been watching a friend's kitten all week and we haven't talked animals here in awhile so, today's Feel Good Friday is all about the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals!
The SF SPCA was founded in 1868 and, as I learned on the website, it is "the fourth oldest humane society in the U.S. and the founders of the No-Kill movement." Their mission is "to save and protect animals, provide care and treatment, advocate on their behalf and enhance the human-animal bond."
Services they provide include what you might expect such as adoptions (over 4,000 cats and dogs each year) and veterinary care (over 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries - free for pit bulls and feral cats). They also include dog training classes, online behavioral resources for dogs and cats, and youth programs like animal summer camps and volunteering opportunities.
The SF SPCA's focus on overpopulation, barriers to veterinary care and behavioral issues are part of the Vision 2020 a "plan to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by 2020". You can learn more by watching the four-minute video Vision 2020. If you'd like to see something a little less serious (and yet serious about feral cats), check out this spoof, Catlandia, which stars my friend Rebecca!
Support the work of the SF SPCA by trapping feral cats, volunteering or donating some money. If you want to stay in the loop, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @sfspca. Now I'm off to search the online resources to find out how you get a cat to stop climbing up your leg like a monkey in a tree.