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And the top 21 are…

We’re still on the hunt for the cutest canine in the Bay Area! Your votes have narrowed it down to the top 21, but these adorable pooches need you to keep voting if they want to be crowned the cutest dog in all the land. Thanks to the San Francisco SPCA and our loyal readers this is our most charming Dog Poll yet, so you shouldn’t have any trouble scrolling through the photos, just try to keep the squealing to a minimum. 

So, what are you waiting for? Vote for your favorite four-legged friend in the bunch, then check back on April 25th to see who advances through to the next round! 

Mark your calendars for the rest of the competition. 

4/25: Top 7 revealed 

5/1: Winner announced

The prizes:

Top Dog prizes include a $100.00 gift card from the SF SPCA; a gift bag of doggie-centric items from Chronicle Books; a studio portrait session with Kira Stackhouse, the Bay Area’s Best Pet Photographer ($500 value!); and the winning pooch will be featured in an upcoming issue of 7x7 magazine! 


Read more at http://www.7x7.com/pets/vote-cutest-canine-2014-dog-poll-top-21#jBOySUPu35G4erHG.99

Thank you Glassybaby!

We’ll be at the FREE JCCSF Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair 4/10!

Please join the San Francisco SPCA, and a wide range of businesses and organizations, at the JCCSF for the Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Speakers: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm •

Resource Fair: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California Street (at Presidio Ave)

Free Event – Open to the Public

To learn more about this event, visit jccsf.org/aginggracefully.

Want to win?!

To celebrate the new film Noah, we’re giving away ten prize packs!

Want to win?!

Post your cutest pet photo to our Facebook (www.facebook.com/sfspca), Twitter (www.twitter.com/sfspca), or Instagram (www.instagram.com/sanfranciscospca) page and tag #NoahSFSPCA before 12pm Monday, 3/31. We will announce winners on Monday afternoon. Prize packs include a raincoat, hoodie, poster, and two free movie passes!

Must be available to pick up the pack at our adoption center (Florida & 16th Streets).

Got stuff to donate?

We’ll take ‘em!

Here’s what we looking for…

  • We are in the market for a refrigerator and a freezer.  Fridge to store food to pack kongs, freezer to freeze the kongs.
  • Mp3 players with docks and/or speakers for LRC.
  • KONGS!  All shapes and sizes 

Thanks for your help!

@meltedchandelier brought up a good point - where can you drop these items off?! You can go to 201 Alabama St and the front kiosk will take your donated items. Thanks!

Make Your Dog’s Day: Submit Your Photos for the 2014 Cutest Dog Poll!

By 7x7 Editors on March 21, 2014 10:30 AM

2013’s Dog Poll Winner, Kaiyuh Alaskan Malamute!

Calling all dog lovers: Is your canine companion the cutest in all the land? Make it known by snapping a photo, and your pup could be featured on the site and win some lickable prizes. We’re looking for the most adorable pooch in the Bay Area for 7x7’s Annual Dog Poll, and we’re taking submissions starting now! 

Here’s what we want from you: The most adorable photo of your dog imaginable (sleeping, playing, in costume … be creative), along with his or her name, sent to pets@7x7.com with the subject line “2014 Dog Poll,” OR Tweeted/Instagrammed with the hashtag #7x7CutestDog and the name of the dog. We’ll take submissions through noon on April 1.

We’ll put the Top 49 on 7x7.com on April 7 (chosen by our editors), but from there, it’s up to you guys to vote for who you think is the cutest dog in all the land. 

Here’s the full schedule, so mark your calendars:

April 7 – Top 49 Finalists up for voting.

April 16 – Top 21 Finalists announced, second voting round begins.

April 25 – Top 7 Finalists announced, third and final voting round begins.

May 1 – Winner announced.

Get ready for your close-ups!

The 2013 Dog Poll is proudly sponsored by the San Francisco SPCA.

Don’t have a dog of your own? We can fix that! See all of our adoptable pups and kitties online at sfspca.org.

Help us help them. The San Francisco SPCA is San Francisco’s oldest animal welfare organization. For 145 years, we’ve been saving and advocating for San Francisco’s animals, but we can’t do it without you. The San Francisco SPCA is a non-profit that depends wholly on the generosity of individuals and corporations to support our programs that find new homes for over 5,000 animals a year and save the lives of more than four animals everyday through our charity care. Be part of the team to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by 2020 – support San Francisco SPCA Vision 2020.

Read more at http://www.7x7.com/CutestDogSubmissions2014#oX1mTuuutmZPv6Gj.99

Bark & Whine Ball 2014! 

What a night :) 

Photo credit: Frame Your Pet

Community Rallies Behind Chihuahua for Life Saving Surgery

Bonny3 (2) When Bonny, a three year old Chihuahua mix, was transferred to the San Francisco SPCA from the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, she was so nervous and stressed that she didn’t eat for four days!

The staff at San Francisco SPCA knew she had a long road ahead before she could be placed in a new home, but they had no idea just how difficult it would be until she received her complete medical exam.

The veterinarian who examined Bonny heard a loud heart murmur and ordered additional diagnostic tests. It was discovered that Bonny had moderate to severe pulmonic stenosis, meaning that her heart valves were narrowed between her heart and lungs.

With surgery to open the passageways, Bonny had a good chance at living a normal life. However, the expensive procedure would have to be performed by a specialist and the money needed to be raised quickly.

Everyone mobilized on behalf of Bonny so that she could have the lifesaving surgery. They turned to social media, sharing Bonny’s story on Facebook and received an outpouring of support as a result. The community rallied behind Bonny by sharing, donating and offering words of encouragement. Within three weeks, $3,465 was raised, which was $465 more than their goal!

An SF SPCA staff member, Dr. J.J. Louie, fostered Bonny in her office as she prepared for surgery. In the quieter environment, Bonny began to relax and come out of her shell. She slowly became more comfortable outside of her crate, especially if Dr. Louie brought out a package of treats. Bonny even made friends with the resident cat and they would often cuddle up together on Bonny’s bed.

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As Bonny was transferred to the University of California at Davis for surgery, everyone at the SF SPCA crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. They wouldn’t know how successful the surgery was until the next day, when the cardiologist would perform another ultrasound.

Thankfully, the follow up ultrasound revealed that the surgery had worked! There was a 70% reduction in the severity of Bonny’s heart problem. More than a 50% reduction is considered a success.

And the good news didn’t stop there. An SF SPCA volunteer who had been visiting with Bonny nearly every day, and who had donated to the campaign, fell in love with her and decided to adopt. As soon as Bonny was done recuperating at her foster mom’s house, she went straight to her new home.

Paige Wilcox, Bonny’s new guardian, says that the little dog is doing great! Although she’s still timid, Paige says that Bonny is becoming more confident and loves going on quiet walks around the nearby lake. And when Paige comes to the SF SPCA to volunteer, she often brings Bonny to visit her foster mom, Dr. Louie. 

Article found on: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2014/03/community-rallies-behind-chihuahua-for-life-saving-surgery/

Opposition letters needed to stop effort to gut CA’s new bear/bobcat hounding law

In 2012 CA prohibited the cruel hounding of bears and bobcats. During the first hunting season, nearly 1,000 fewer bears were killed in CA than in 2012. Unfortunately a new bill, AB 2205, has been introduced that would undermine this law. Please contact your legislative rep before March 14th to voice your opposition to AB 2205: www.house.gov

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Lola’s story

Lola was adopted from us 12 years ago. In 2007 she ran away from home and was lost for 2.5 years. A Good Samaritan, Paula, found Lola and took her in, and when the vet did a microchip scan they were able to track down Lola’s adopter. “My hands were shaking as I dialed Paula’s number… after 2.5 years it seemed impossible… but soon after Paula answered the phone it became clear that she really did have Lola. For a while I was speechless. Paula asked if I was crying, I said yes, and then she started crying, too!” Read the full story: www.litterdidyouknow.com