San Francisco SPCA

Saving animals and changing lives since 1868
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The San Francisco SPCA has been here for animals and their people for 150 years. In 1868, James Sloane Hutchinson intervened to stop the inhumane behavior of two men who were dragging a squealing pig off to market along the rough cobblestone streets of San Francisco. Since then, the SF SPCA has put the welfare and care of animals first.

Join us for a riveting walk through history! We will take you through the founding documents in 1868 to the start of the SF SPCA’s transformative Humane Education youth program in the 1950s to the innovative cageless adoption center for dogs and cats in the 1990s to the Vision 2020 initiative of today.

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Sponsored by the San Francisco History Center, home of the SPCA archives

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