San Francisco Aid for Animals provides lifesaving funds for medical emergencies—helping to keep pets and their families together.

Summer is a wonderful time for some (safe!) fun in the sun with our furry friends. At San Francisco Aid for Animals, we cherish that special bond with our pets as much as you do! Thanks to donations from generous folks just like you, we have already saved the lives of dozens of pets so far this year through emergency financial grants.

The happy stories you read about in our newsletters simply wouldn’t be possible without generous gifts from our donors.

HennessyHennessy found her home when she was three months old and over the next twelve months grew into a very large and happy adult. At one end of her 100-lb body is a very busy nose and at the other end, a tail that never stops wagging.

One of Hennessy’s great pleasures in life is tearing up soft toys. Her guardians were never too concerned because she didn’t seem to want to eat the bits and pieces after she was done.

Unfortunately, this past June she tore up a large blanket and several days later she suddenly collapsed in the back yard. Her guardians managed to pick her up and drove straight to the E.R. at San Francisco SPCA where an X-Ray revealed a large piece of a blanket blocking her intestine. The doctors also concluded that her intestines had been damaged and that she needed treatment for peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of her abdominal cavity.

At this point the only way to save Hennessy was immediate surgery to remove the blockage, repair the damaged intestine and treat the peritonitis. The estimated cost for this major surgery and hospitalization was over $6,000 and that was considerably more than her owners could afford. Fortunately, 11 veterinarians at the hospital combined their grants from San Francisco Aid for Animals and with the hospital matching donation of services, reduced Hennessy’s bill by over 70%!

The surgery was a complete success, Hennessy spent two additional days in the hospital until she was completely stabilized and then went home with her tail wagging as usual. Hennessy’s family was very happy to have her home again!

Summer Safety Tips

1. Never leave your dog in a hot car! Even with the windows cracked open, a vehicle will heat up to dangerous levels in the sun, potentially causing a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate.

2. Surfaces like metal or asphalt can get extremely hot and pose a potential burn risk for your pet. If a surface is too hot to walk on barefoot, please be sure that Fido avoids it as well!

3. Transporting your pet in the bed of a pickup truck is dangerous! To keep your companion safe, be sure to follow California’s requirement and have the pet securely contained if transporting in the back of a truck.

4. Be sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh drinking water and shade. If you must leave your pet outside, provide them with a shallow pool so they can cool off.

5. Keep your windows screened, secured or closed! Leaving an unsecured window open has led to tragic accidents, especially in high-rise buildings.

Join us for an evening of fun and delight: watch animal movies while supporting San Francisco Aid for Animals!



  • 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.
  • We helped 72 pets in 2017 so far—pets that might otherwise have been euthanized or left untreated due to their guardian’s ability to afford necessary veterinary care.


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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