San Francisco’s Animal Care is closing to the public two days a week for the first time in its history, starting today, officials said.

The 24-year-old shelter will be closed Sundays and Mondays, and keep only a limited number of staff members on duty to handle animal emergencies.

The shelter will not accept owner surrendered animals, issue dog licenses or commercial dog walker permits, provide lost pet services or adopt animals on Sundays and Mondays.

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  • stonesavage

    8 July 2013, I think it may be time to volunteer there… I found a dog today, brought it to Animal Care and control to list him in the ‘Found’ notebook, couldn’t do that and am now reading this…and wondering if I should try to return the somewhat skinny dog to its Haight Street – Golden Gate Park – Buena Vista Park substance abusing owner. We were told by some local ragamuffins on Haight this morning that his owner Rose got drunk and left him with a friend who in turn lost control of the animal. He is a beautiful lab/hound mix who was running up and down Central and Lyon this morning around 8am. First instinct is to to return the dog to his owner, other one is to try and find a better home for him. Of course no tags or other ID – probably no shots; what to do?

  • stonesavage

    8 July 2013, I think it may be time to volunteer there… I found a dog today, brought it to Animal Care and control to list him in the ‘Found’ notebook, couldn’t do that and am now reading this…and wondering if I should try to return the somewhat skinny dog to its Haight Street – Golden Gate Park – Buena Vista Park substance abusing owner. We were told by some local ragamuffins on Haight this morning that his owner Rose got drunk and left him with a friend who in turn lost control of the animal. He is a beautiful lab/hound mix who was running up and down Central and Lyon this morning around 8am. First instinct is to to return the dog to his owner, other one is to try and find a better home for him. Of course no tags or other ID – probably no shots; what to do?

  • My understanding is that so far only about 50 dog walking permits, and 50 dog transportation licenses, have been performed, whereas SF has some 500 professional dog walkers.

    I wonder whether SF’s new dog walking law is too strict and has dissuaded dog walkers, or whether there seems resistance to it.

    • sjg

      The new law hasn’t dissuaded any dog walkers…many are choosing to ignore it.

  • My understanding is that so far only about 50 dog walking permits, and 50 dog transportation licenses, have been performed, whereas SF has some 500 professional dog walkers.

    I wonder whether SF’s new dog walking law is too strict and has dissuaded dog walkers, or whether there seems resistance to it.

    • sjg

      The new law hasn’t dissuaded any dog walkers…many are choosing to ignore it.