San Francisco Aid for Animals
A Project of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association
A fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, 501(c)(3)
SAN FRANCISCO AID FOR ANIMALS - SFAFA
A FISCALLY SPONSORED PROJECT OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, 501( C )( 3 )
354 PINE STREET, SUITE 700, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104 - 3229
WWW.SFAIDFORANIMALS.ORG • INFO@SFAFA.ORG
Raised since July 1, 2013!!
SFAfA DONATION METER
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FREE PET PORTRAIT
San Francisco Aid for Animals has partnered with Pet Food Express’ “My Mutt Program” to bring you this offer: Donate $250 or more to SFAfA and you qualify for a free portrait of your pet taken by a professional pet photographer. The portrait will be enlarged to poster size and displayed at a local Pet Food Express for at least 6 months. When the poster is taken down it will be given to you free of charge. This is our way of saying thank you for your support of SFAfA.
Once you have made your qualifying donation to SFAfA we will send you instructions on contacting Pet Food Express and your pet is on its way to becoming a star! http://www.petfoodexpress.com/my-mutt/make-your-pet-a-star
San Francisco Aid for Animals is a charitable fund dedicated to keeping companion animals
and their families together. Grants provided through local veterinarians help pet guardians
with financial hardship deal with urgent, treatable conditions to prevent needless suffering, euthanasia or surrender of their animal companions.
ANIMAL HERO OF THE BAY AREA AWARD
We are pleased to report that SF Aid for Animals was one of three recipients for the Animal Hero of the Bay Area awards given recently by Wag Hotel.
The award was presented at the annual Howl-O-Ween event held on the rooftop event space at the San Francisco Wag Hotel. The award was presented by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and was accepted by Dr. Anne Marie Benfatto for SFAFA.
This very successful event was held at Wag Hotel on their rooftop event space.
Over 85 supporters and many of their four legged friends enjoyed an evening of music, liquid refreshments, very tasty snacks for man and beast and professional pet portraits by Lisa Martin. To see photos by Lisa, visit: http://fototesoro.com/home.html?l b=3304ce4fee6cc20
We raised over $3400 for SFAfA! Thank you to all who supported this event and to our sponsors.
WE WOULD LIKE TO GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK ALICE CLARY FOR THE GENEROUS DONATION TO SAN FRANCISCO AID FOR ANIMALS IN MEMORY OF HER LATE HUSBAND DR. PAUL CLARY.
PAUL GRADUATED FROM UC DAVIS VETERINARY SCHOOL IN 1963 AND WAS THE OWNER OF BALBOA PET HOSPITAL IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR OVER 40 YEARS. HE IS REMEMBERED BY COLLEAGUES AND CLIENTS ALIKE AS A KIND AND GENEROUS MAN AND AN EXCELLENT VETERINARIAN. THANKS AGAIN ALICE.
It took about thirty minutes for a seven-month old Yorkshire terrier named Andy to work his way into Emily Scott Pottruck’s heart. For 17 years, they became inseparable and went, literally, everywhere together. As Emily has said, “Andy opened my heart and my eyes.” Wherever they traveled, Emily paid a visit to the local veterinary hospital “just in case.” That precaution saved Andy’s life when he was three years old and visiting Avon, Colorado. While on a walk, Andy was mauled by a neighbor’s large Husky. Emily rushed her limp little friend to the local veterinary hospital; the prognosis was not good. Andy was in shock, severely wounded, and the word euthanasia was mentioned.
The veterinarian realized the strong bond between Emily and Andy and made the quick decision to send them to Denver for surgery at an emergency veterinary hospital. While they were in route, the doctor made a phone call to the surgeon in Denver, who it turns out, was just about to leave on vacation. A short conversation persuaded him that Andy came first and the vacation was delayed.
An x-ray revealed that a piece of Andy’s backbone had been broken off and was compressing his spine. Surgery removed the bone but it remained unclear if Andy would survive and/or if he would be paralyzed. Days later, Andy and Emily were on a plane to UC Davis Veterinary Hospital where Andy received two weeks of intensive therapy for major spinal cord trauma with Emily visiting daily. Andy left UC Davis much loved but still paralyzed, however, the bond between Emily and Andy was stronger than ever. It took six months of Emily’s constant nursing care before he was using his rear legs again. During this long ordeal it became obvious to Emily that Andy was well because of the excellent veterinary care that he had received and because she had the ability to pay for that care. She wondered about the families of animals and people who lacked that ability. Not wanting anyone who loved their animals as much as she loved hers to ever struggle to pay necessary vet bills, and as a way to thank the two veterinarians in Colorado, Emily established an Andy Fund at each of their hospitals. This fund could be used to help any client that needed financial aid to pay for their pet’s emergency medical care.
The full circle came two years later when Emily received a telephone call from a woman in Colorado thanking her for Andy’s Fund. Her pet dog had eaten poisoned meatballs and the money from Andy’s Fund was the only thing that stood between saving his life and euthanasia. The woman not only told Emily of her own personal dilemmas but also how her dog gave her the unconditional love that she needed to cope with life’s challenges.
While Andy was recovering from his near fatal accident, Emily became passionate about the relationship between people and their pets as well as the world of animal welfare. To help raise awareness and funds, she decided to author and publish a book: “Tails of Devotion: A Look at the Bond Between People and Their Pets”, which profiles 58 people, famous as well as homeless, and their pets. Each person was asked the same question: If you and your pet could communicate, what would you say? Their responses and their photographs fill the pages of this beautiful book. Published in 2006, the book sold out and the proceeds of over $250,000 were distributed to over 70 animal welfare non-profit organizations including many in San Francisco.
Emily opines that anyone who loves animals and has the capacity to donate some of their disposable income could partner with an organization (such as San Francisco Aid for Animals) that uses its resources to assist loving, caring, responsible pet guardians when their pet’s medical needs exceed their ability to pay. She proffers that we all want the best for the humans and animals that we love and who love us. Emily has done this and has made a difference in the lives of many people and their pets in San Francisco.
have had a loving relationship for twelve years. Bruce lollygags around the apartment while Kristin puts in ten hours a day running a vintage clothing shop and art gallery on Larkin Street called Vacation. You should know that while Kristin is Kristin, Bruce is a tiny six pound feisty female Siamese cat who does things ‘her way.’
All was well for this daring duo until 2013 came along and then their lives began to resemble a Lemony Snicket novel. In February a fire in their apartment building destroyed their apartment and rendered them homeless for a short while. New living quarters were eventually found and life returned to normal. In March a water pipe burst in Kristin’s shop flooding the place and ruining much of the inventory. This too was eventually dealt with and life again was good. Then one day in August Kristin returned home after work to find that Bruce was gone. The apartment was searched, the building was searched, the neighborhood was searched; Bruce was nowhere to be found. Flyers were distributed and the search continued. Three days later a neighbor found Bruce laying in some bushes a block from the apartment house. All that Kristin could see was her badly injured pet with a huge wound on her side. They shortly arrived at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists emergency clinic where Bruce was examined by Drs. Elyse Hammer and Craig Maretzki. They saw a severely dehydrated cat with a massive degloving wound on her side. Some animal, they guessed a raccoon, had practically scalped the tiny cat. It was apparent that IV fluids, antibiotics, pain medication and considerable surgery would be required to successfully put Bruce back together. The total cost for this care was considerably more than Kristin could afford and she was prepared to sign a euthanasia release when the technician suggested that a grant from SF Aid for Animals might save the day. The two doctors combined their matching grants and that brought down the cost to a level that Kristin could afford. The euthanasia release was torn-up, Bruce was successfully treated and returned home three days later with 225 sutures holding her together. The wounds have healed, the hair has grown back and now Bruce has resumed her old behavior of lollygagging in the sunshine whenever she wishes.
Please consider making your tax - deductible gift to San Francisco Aid for Animals. No matter the amount, your gift will make a difference, and will help keep pets and their families together.
You can make your gift online by visiting our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives: http://communityin.org/project/san-francisco-aid-for-animals, or by going to our Donate page. Thank you!