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We had a wonderful night at the 2019 Bow Wow Film Fest on February 2nd at the Southside Theater in Fort Mason in San Francisco.  Bow Wow is a traveling film festival that celebrates, educates, and inspires all things doggie through the art of short film.  SFAfA hosted the event and all proceeds will go towards helping animals in need of urgent, treatable medical care.  We had 150 wonderful people in attendance, who enjoyed tacos courtesy of El Tonayense taco truth, as well as beer, wine, popcorn, and other goodies!

We also had an auction, where several lucky winners took home a free spa weekend in Sonoma, one free weekend at Pet Camp, and more!

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped keep SFAfA doing what we are doing!  Keep an eye out for future events like the Bow Wow Film Fest or other SFAfA benefit events.  Feel free to reach out to us at if there is an event you would like to see or one you know about with which you think we should get involved!
Jack is a dream cat; with his enchanting emerald green eyes and loving demeanor, he won Amelia's heart the moment they first met at an adoption event four years ago. Today, at four and a half years, Jack has grown to be a perfect companion, exuding playfulness and charm to everyone he meets.
When Jack suddenly became lethargic and withdrawn one Sunday morning, Amelia knew something was terribly wrong. Jack, who had already suffered two episodes of urinary blockages, was displaying all the same symptoms. Amelia's heart sank, realizing she did not have the resources to save her beloved pet. "I knew right away, I can't afford it, and I immediately started bawling. I live in SF, and I am a student. I'm in debt. But I knew if I didn't take him in, he would die."
After making several panicked phone calls, Amelia connected with Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital and was able to bring Jack in for evaluation immediately. When she arrived at Nor Cal, her worst fears were confirmed, as Jack was diagnosed with his third urinary blockage. He would die without corrective surgery, and the reality sank in for Amelia, that she might not be able to save him.
After evaluating the medical costs and discussing what she could afford, the caring team of doctors and techs at Nor Cal reached out to our team at San Francisco Aid for Animals. Several minutes later, DVM Cody Brooks, was able to deliver the fantastic news that a grant in aid was available to help cover the majority of the medical costs. Amelia emotionally recalls, "everything runs through you, it was so moving on so many levels. I was overjoyed. Even the doctor lit up. I just left the office feeling there was hope."
After a successful perineal urethrostomy, and two days of hospital recovery, Jack made a speedy recovery. Amelia was overjoyed watching Jack return to his loving and spunky nature once again. "Jack was just happier, and it was like he knew that someone saved him." Today, Jack continues to thrive, and Amelia couldn't be happier.
Our team is so proud to have been part of Jack's success story. Four hundred and twenty-two pets and counting and over a half million dollars in aid, we are committed to our community and to providing the support that keeps companion animals healthy, and with the families that love them!
422 pets and counting, we are committed to our community and to providing the support that keeps companion animals healthy, and with the family that loves them!  Please consider helping us to keep this mission thriving through a charitable donation. Any amount you can afford is greatly appreciated.
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To donate, click the link above, or send a check (made out to Community Initiatives / SFAfA) to:

Community Initiatives / SFAfA
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
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SFAfA is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives (FEIN 94-3255070).  Donations made to Community Initiatives on behalf of SFAfA are tax deductible. •

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