San Francisco SPCA Co-President Named Recipient of the 2011 Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Achievement Award

Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M., Honored for Committed Service to SF SPCA and the Animal Welfare Community

San Francisco, Jan 18 2011: Today, the San Francisco SPCA joins the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) to honor Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M., co-president of the SF SPCA, as the recipient of the 2011 ASV Meritorious Achievement Award for contributions to the veterinary field. The award recognizes Scarlett for her remarkable and ongoing service to the SF SPCA, namely her extensive work with the organization's Shelter Medicine program. The ASV presented Scarlett with a $250 honorarium, which she will donate to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, whose pet adoption center was devastated by a fire in May 2010.

"I am honored and humbled to be named as this year's recipient of the ASV's achievement award, though I see this as a testament to the remarkable team we have at the SF SPCA and the many accomplishments we've made over the past several years," said Scarlett. "We look forward to continuing our work providing needed care and loving homes for the thousands of animals that we serve in our community every year."

Scarlett joined the SF SPCA in 2007 as the head of the Shelter Medicine program and was formally appointed co-president on Jan. 4. Since joining the SF SPCA, Scarlett has implemented several prominent programs, including:

  • Improved medical care and increased adoptions by 25 percent by reducing the amount of time animals await adoption; each adoption represents a life saved.
  • Introduced the Community Cares Initiative in which mobile vaccine clinics visit at-risk neighborhoods and offer free vaccinations to any pet. The program has vaccinated more than 660 pets since its inception in fall 2010.
  • Bolstered spay and neuter care, including increasing surgeries by 1,000 procedures with focus on subsidized and free care, and addressing the increasing local feral cat population. The SF SPCA is on track to perform 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries this year.
  • Established the SF SPCA Fospice ("Foster Hospice") Program which provides necessary medications and veterinary care, as well as end-of-life services, for older animals at no charge to foster families. The program allows the SF SPCA to extend its life-saving capacity to animals that traditionally would not be given a chance to live out their natural lives.

For more information on the ASV or its Meritorious Achievement Award, visit

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit

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