The San Francisco SPCA has been around since 1868 and getting our lifesaving message out into the community has always been a vital part of our work.  The accumulated knowledge of many years of care and service to animals is a crucial resource that we endeavor to communicate as widely as possible.

These resources contain information about all our programs – from the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats, to the effectiveness of addressing a youngster's reading difficulties with the assistance of a friendly dog.


Our online Library contains valuable information for cat owners and dog owners, as well as Public Training Class handouts. Get answers to questions about cat or dog behavior.

SF SPCA Publications

The SF SPCA has been publishing its award-winning, quarterly magazine, Our Animals, since 1906.  Our online library doesn't go back that far, but you'll enjoy the heartwarming stories and photographs in recent issues!

Lost & Found

Many people in our community confuse the SF SPCA with the municipal shelter, San Francisco Department of Animal Care & Control (ACC).  ACC, the regulatory agency in the city is the place to search for a lost dog or cat.  Our Lost & Found section explains  how to report or retrieve a lost animal.