Fall in love this Valentine’s Day with a new puppy. When your eyes meet from across the room, you know you’ve made a connection. It won’t be long until your home is filled with the pitter-patter of little furry footsteps. Here are the best places to adopt puppies in San Francisco.
San Francisco SPCA
Hours: Tues to Fri – 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sat to Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The SPCA is your first name in animal compassion, care and commitment. Founded in 1868, the non-profit organization will support you through your adoption process. If you can’t make it to them, their Mobile Adoption Outreach program will make several stops to various locations throughout the month.
Hours: Sun to Tue /Thur to Sat – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wed – 12:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.
Offering a variety of adoptable animals in its center, the Dept. of Animal Care & Control provides the best possible start for you and your newest family member. No question is too small for staff to answer and reassure adopting parents the doors are always open and volunteers are always there to help.
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
Hours: Thurs to Fri – 12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
Sat to Sun – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Once you have fallen in love with Fido, the Humane Society of Berkeley and the East Bay makes the adoption process as enjoyable as possible. They take pride in choosing suitable homes and appropriate matches for each of their furry friends.
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Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat to Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Caring for the needs of your new pet is a big responsibility. Hopalong & Second Chance encourage potential families to explore their options and make an informed decision on this adventurous commitment and lifestyle change. Dogs are fostered in private homes and applications can be processed online, at the mobile adoption site or send via mail.
Wonder Dog Rescue
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat to Sun – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Frontrunners in the fight for animal justice, the organization helped launch court-ordered training programs for animal abusers and embarked on a youth training program in July 2011. Dogs at this facility are rescued from Northern to Central California, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and medically cared for before matched with a foster family.
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