SF SPCA Responds To Animal Care And Control Budget Cuts By Extending Hours

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is now offering expanded hours and services, including keeping its adoption center open seven days a week.

The center, located at 250 Florida St., had previously been closed on Mondays but will now be open from 1-7 p.m. each Monday, SF SPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney said.

Cats and dogs can also be surrendered to the SF SPCA offices at 201 Alabama St. seven days a week via appointment, with more appointments now available on Sundays and Mondays.

The changes, which went into effect Monday, are a response to an announcement last month from San Francisco’s Department of Animal Care and Control that its shelter would be closing to the public on Sundays and Mondays because of budget cuts.

Maloney said that if the SPCA did not open its doors on Mondays, then “there would be one day a week when San Francisco residents were not served.”

She said that staying open will come with additional costs to the nonprofit, but said, “we’re really good about keeping costs low, and hopefully it will help move animals out more quickly.”

Maloney said the adoption center currently has numerous kittens and cats looking for homes, and encouraged residents to come see the animals.

The SPCA also pointed out that puppies and kittens can be surrendered to the organization seven days a week without an appointment.

More information about the expanded services can be found online at www.sfspca.org/expanded or by calling (415) 522-3500.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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