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Caring for pets means meeting a wide range of needs beyond health care. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of organizations and businesses eager to help.

Here’s where to meet the local groups that we recommend to our pet-loving families.


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation

The ACVIM Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 2000 to support and advance the work of specialists in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: small and large animal internists, cardiologists, neurologists and oncologists.

Founded in 1973, the ACVIM sets international standards for veterinary internal medicine overseeing board certification in the various fields of veterinary internal medicine, and advancing research and education. The ACVIM Foundation was created to give veterinarians, pet owners, philanthropists and corporations a way to support the scientific and educational endeavors of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. SFVS is a Practice Charter Member of the Foundation.

Visit American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation


Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.

Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville finds suitable new homes for these dogs.

Visit Muttville

PAWS: Pets Are Wonderful Support

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) is a volunteer-based organization that provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illnesses, as well as senior citizens. By providing these essential support services, educating the larger community on the benefits of the human-animal bond, and advocating for the rights of disabled individuals to keep service animals, PAWS improves the health and well-being of disabled individuals and the animals in their lives.

Visit PAWS: Pets Are Wonderful Support

San Francisco Aid for Animals

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.

Visit San Francisco Aid for Animals

The San Francisco SPCA

As the fourth oldest humane society in the U.S. and the founders of the No-Kill movement, the SF SPCA has always been at the forefront of animal welfare. As a result of the SF SPCA's efforts and those of their community partners, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the United States. No adoptable dog or cat in San Francisco goes without a home, even if they have medical or other issues.

In 2014 the SF SPCA merged with Pets Unlimited, a like-minded animal welfare nonprofit in Pacific Heights. Their organization included a nonprofit veterinary hospital that provided significant financial assistance to pet guardians in need, as well as a small adoption center. The original SF SPCA campus in the Mission, and the additional campus in Pacific Heights, are now working toward the same shared mission and goals.

Visit The San Francisco SPCA


VET SOS provides free veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans and links their human guardians with health care services. Operating since 2001, VET SOS is a project of SFCCC's Street Outreach Services (SOS) program.

VET SOS provides free pop-up veterinary clinics 12 times per year using volunteer staffing and a specially equipped mobile outreach van.

By going directly to homeless people - meeting them on their own turf - the VET SOS team builds relationships of trust and breaks down the barriers that keep homeless people and their companion animals from the care they need and deserve.

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