Groundbreaking for New Home to Shelter Animals from all of SF’s Neighborhoods

Public Service Announcement from San Francisco Animal Care and Control:


Historic renovation blends modern technology and smart architecture to support City’s first animal emergency responder.

On May 15 at 11 a.m., San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) will break ground on a historic preservation and remodeling project to create a new municipal animal shelter at 1419 Bryant Street. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, City Administrator Naomi Kelly, former SF Supervisor Katy Tang, The Friends of Animal Care and Control, The Department of Public Works, Clark Construction and the Department of Animal Care & Control staff, volunteers and animals will be present at the groundbreaking ceremony for the future home of SFACC.


Photos courtesy of SFACC.

The current building at 1200 15th Street/Harrison, was originally built as a warehouse in 1931 and is cramped and seismically unsound. The new shelter will be a state-of-the-art retrofitted historic building with modernized facilities. It will allow SFACC to follow best practices in animal care and give the public a welcoming place to come for services, including pet adoption and looking for lost pets.

SFACC’s new building will allow them to work better and more efficiently to rescue, rehabilitate, and reunite animals with their guardians or find them new homes.

“We are thrilled to take this next step in our journey.” SFACC Director Virginia Donohue said. She will host the groundbreaking ceremony.

“The new building will allow Animal Care and Control to advance our mission to care for and protect San Francisco’s animals and support the people who love them.  We are extremely grateful for the City’s commitment to building a sustainable future for all of San Francisco’s animals,” Donohue said.

GirlCatPPDSan Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) is the City’s only open-door animal shelter. That means it accepts all animals regardless of species, medical condition or behavior. The SFACC is the public municipal animal shelter that serves every district in the city. It is the only agency where you go to look for a lost pet, or to adopt one. It is the first stop for all animals in need.

On average, SFACC takes in 10,000 animals a year, including domestic farm animals and exotics, either found as strays on the street or brought into the shelter. The SFACC’s Animal Control Officers keep our communities safe and respond to all types of animal emergencies. They help in situations such as raccoons or skunks trapped in a backyard space or on a roof, frightened or aggressive dogs, or birds tangled in netting. Animal Control Officers also investigate cases of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect.

The SFACC is the only agency in San Francisco that provides lost and found services for missing animals. SFACC staff are also the first responder to any wildlife or domestic animal emergency and they provide assistance to animals and people in need during and after disasters – from house fires to earthquakes. They also provide care for animals when their owners are indisposed due to displacement, safety, physical or behavioral impairment, institutionalization or other unexpected emergencies.

Programs and Services

AdoptMeFriends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization founded in 2000. It is the only organization dedicated to raising funds for SFACC and its rescue partners. Friends of SFACC underwrites programs, services and supplies that the City budget does not cover, including a behavior and training program, quarterly microchip/rabies vaccine clinics, annual microgrants to adoption partners, fundraising and outreach efforts and toys and treats for the animals.

Between the City budget for animal care and control services, and the additional programs supported by Friends of SFACC, the shelter is able to provide these services to all San Franciscans:

Rescue, care for, and re-home domestic animals

  • Animal adoptions
  • Custody animals
  • SAFE Pets program
  • Disaster preparedness

Services for animal guardians

  • Pet licensing
  • Lost and found
  • Service and support animals
  • Pet surrender
  • Commercial dog walker permits
  • Humane euthanasia
  • Spay/neuter at monthly clinics
  • Rabies/microchip clinic

Animal welfare services

  • Investigating animal cruelty and neglect
  • Animal services for clients in supportive housing

Wildlife rescue services

  • Report found or injured wildlife
  • Living with wildlife tips
  • Educational services
  • Behavior & training resource library
  • Safety around animals


The needs of our domestic and wild animals exceed the current financial resources that are being provided by the City of San Francisco. To fund the numerous programs that are not funded by the City, and to raise funds for the new facility, Friends of SFACC is embarking on an historic five-year $4.3 million comprehensive campaign to secure the resources needed to realize this vision. The funds raised in this campaign will not only transform the interior of the new building into a state-of-the-art facility that our City needs, but it will raise enough funds to support the critical programs and services SFACC provides to the people and animals of San Francisco.

If you are interested in helping to ensure the animals in San Francisco have a safe and healthy place to thrive, please contact us at


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