San Francisco SPCA Encouraging Pet Adoptions During 72-Hour Event

San Francisco, Jul 28 2010: The San Francisco SPCA announced that it will be hosting a 72-hour adoption event to find permanent, loving homes for 72 animals. Beginning July 30 at Maddie's Adoption Center, the "72 in 72" event will feature dancing, workshops and great food while promoting animal welfare causes and encouraging people who are considering adoptions to meet—and adopt—a pet companion for their family. The event will feature extended adoption center hours and conclude on Sunday, August 1 at 6 p.m.

"Our inaugural ‘72 in 72' event will offer the local community a unique and fun way to meet some of the wonderful animals at Maddie's Pet Adoption Center who are currently awaiting loving homes," said Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M., co-president and associate director of veterinary services at the SFSPCA. "While our goal is to find homes for at least 72 animals, we also hope this event will raise broad awareness of animal welfare causes and encourage even more people to consider adopting a pet."

Although the "72 in 72" event aims to find homes for at least 72 animals, regardless of breed, the emergence of kitten season has brought even greater urgency to finding homes for the SFSPCA's at-capacity cat and kitten population. Adopted cats will receive a veterinary exam, behavior assessment, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and microchipping as well as feline leukemia testing, FIV testing for cats older than four months, a Feline-ality™ profile for cats older than nine months, a cat care DVD and a carrier.

"72 in 72" Schedule of Events

During the "72 in 72" event, the SFSPCA will host a bake sale to benefit the foster care programs, a Purrfect photo booth for Facebook uploads and a "Cute as a Button" station for adopters to make personalized pins featuring their new pet. Cat 101 and dog training classes, volunteer and foster care sign-ups as well as small animal rescue adoptions will be ongoing during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday. Additional specific events and special hours follow:

Friday, July 30 (extended hours from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

  • Afternoon: San Francisco Chai Cart tea service
  • 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: DJ "Samoa Boy" Stewart, swing dancing and a cocktail reception

Saturday, July 31 (extended hours from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

Sunday, August 1 (extended hours from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

  • Lunchtime: Gorilla Pete's food cart

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For more information about the animals, questions about adoptions or to make a donation in support of the SFSPCA, please visit or call Maddie's Adoption Center at (415) 522-3500.

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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