San Francisco Aid for Animals

Dedicated to keeping companion animals and their families together

Welcome to our Winter 2017 Newsletter! If you are an active SFAfA supporter, please accept our sincere thanks for your continued financial support. If this is your first newsletter, this is who we are, what we do and how you can help—

SF Aid for Animals was founded by a handful of local veterinarians with the goal of providing funds to pet guardians who are financially unable to afford the costs of care for their pets’ unexpected life-threatening medical needs.

Every year we help more and more pets. Share the love by making a donation today!


    While Eileen and her family already had one adopted dog, Bode (Miller, as in Bode Miller the champion skier), in their home, their young daughter really wanted a puppy and she had fallen in love with an eight week old, blue-eyed chocolate lab that she had seen on Facebook.   The family made the trip to Auburn, California to pick up their new puppy, whom they promptly named Hunter (as in Hunter Pence, of course!).  Upon leaving, they were warned that there were cases of the potentially deadly Parvo Virus in the area but the family was assured that Hunter would be OK.

    Hunter was just getting acquainted with his new home and with Bode when he started vomiting and became very ill.  Hunter was taken to Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Service (AIMSS) on Ninth Avenue where he was diagnosed with Parvo Virus Infection. He was hospitalized and started on IV fluids, antibiotics, and medications designed to lessen the effects of Parvo.  He initially responded well but on about the seventh day had a major setback and required, among many other things, to have a nasal-gastric tube inserted to keep him alive.  Finally, on the eleventh day he went home. He responded well to all the love and attention he received at home and even Bode decided that Hunter was good company.  

    The financial burden for the excellent and successful medical care provided to Hunter was considerably more that Eileen and her family could afford. Fortunately, the doctors at AIMSS used grants from San Francisco Aid for Animals to reduce the cost to a level that was manageable.  Hunter is now over three months old and a happy, tail-wagging and rapidly growing family member.

    In Eileen’s own words: As a family we cannot thank AIMSS and San Francisco Aid for Animals enough for giving us the gift of saving our dog Hunter.  He has become such a big part of our family and was from the first day we met him.  It was an emotional roller coaster first bringing him home and then watching him almost die of a nasty virus from which he had no protection.  We shed a lot of tears every day during his time in the hospital.  He did charm all the staff at AIMSS with his bright blue eyes and everyone fell in love with him.  We can’t thank enough all of those whose donations to SFAFA have helped families like ours save our beloved Hunter. 

We are thrilled to announce the establishment of the Tauber Fund for Pets! The Ingrid D. Tauber Foundation has very generously provided for the TFP, which will work alongside our existing grant in aid program. Vets working with SFAfA will be able to apply for supplemental funding for high-cost cases meeting our guidelines. We are inspired by this gift! You can see that Shani, Bela and Rouge Tauber approve!  

  • We helped 68 pets in 2016 - pets that might otherwise have been euthanized due to their guardian’s ability to afford necessary veterinary care. In 2016 SFAfA awarded $45,499 in grants and vets have donated $56,732 in services for a combined total of $102,231 donated through our program! We hope to give even more in 2017!  Will you help us?
  •  As more local veterinarians become acquainted with our program the more wish to join us. In our first year (2012) we had six veterinarians working with us, this year (2015) we have eighty-one.
  • Please be assured that your donations go to help save pets. We are an all-volunteer organization with no employees to pay and no office space to support.
  • We thank you for your support and hope that you will continue to support us in this important work. You can donate to us either online at or by mailing a check (made to Community Initiatives/SFAFA) to 354 Pine Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104-3229.    

Your gift will make a difference. Please Donate to SFAfA

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San Francisco Aid for Animals - SFAfA

Founded by San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association

A fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, 501(c)(3)

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