Iris: Funniest Cat in the World

Iris sleepingThank you so much for taking such good care of us when we came to adopt Ginger. Words cannot describe how happy we are to have her.

When we came to the San Francisco SPCA a month ago we came “just to have a look” and if we were to adopt it was going to be a black cat. When seeing Ginger through the glass door we forgot about everything we said before. She stood there and looked at us, with her big eyes on her petite body and we both knew that she was coming home with us.

Since none of us are used to cats we didn’t really know what to expect the first night. We were told that she might be a little shy but no, not our cat. Three hours after coming to her new home she slept in our bed, on top of us. The whole night. This she’s been doing every night since.

Ginger became Iris and every day with her has been amazing.

Iris is the funniest cat in the entire world, for sure. She is super social and is always where we are: in the bed, on the computer or in our lap when we eat. She is not afraid of strangers and she just loves to sit in the window and look at people and cars. She has become a little celebrity on the street, many of our neighbors have told us how cute she looks sitting there in the window with her pink nose and big ears.

The biggest surprise to us that she is a talker! She loves to talk and if we talk back she continues. Her favorite topic is food.

So again, thank you so much and thanks to SF SPCA for bringing Iris to us. We cannot imagine a life without her.

Lisa and Niklas

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Jordan & Emma: Two Peas In A Pod

Jordan and Emma: Two Peas in a PodJordan and Emma are two peas in a pod. When my girlfriend and I first introduced them to each other, Emma took some time to get used to Jordan. The day before New Year’s, Emma had been adopted from the SF SPCA by my mother, but Emma was temporarily staying with my girlfriend and me for New Year’s week. Throughout the week Jordan and Emma began learning each other’s language and bonding.

After my mother returned home with Emma, Emma only wanted to sleep on Jordan’s blanket, which we had given Emma. And Jordan would only sleep on Emma’s blanket, which my mother left here at our San Francisco apartment.

My girlfriend and I started discussing what it would be like to get Jordan a friend. Jordan had suddenly started acting ‘sad’ and different.

In the beginning we made it clear we would only have one kitten but we didn’t feel we could separate Emma and Jordan.

It has now been a week since we adopted Emma from my mother in Grass Valley. Jordan and Emma have continued to express love for each other while showing different personalities… this makes them even more fun to observe.

I could talk for hours about what a wonderful experience this has been for us, but what would Jordan and Emma say? See Picture… They might say, “We are so glad we were adopted by our moms, who give us ALL THEIR LOVE AND AFFECTION, have cuddly beds and kitty posts next to the windows so we can sit and look out and be safe. We also enjoy nap time with our moms.”

Last but not least, my girlfriend and I would just like to thank the SF SPCA for blessing us with our two new additions to our family.

- Sarah

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Merry Christmas from Mr. Big Stuff

Mr. Big Stuff lounges in his Xmas sweaterWe adopted Big aka Mr. Big Stuff (his name was “Fozzy” while he was at the SPCA) in April. I just lost my min-pin, Man, who is irreplaceable, but I needed to hear little feet running around and missed having a little buddy to come home to.

I saw “Fozzy” on the SPCA website and my daughter and I rushed to the SPCA as soon as I got off work the same day. We walked around and didn’t see him, but we hung out to see if we could connect with another pup even though my heart was set on Fozzy. My daughter decided to ask if there were other dogs available in another part of the facility because we came to meet Fozzy. Unbelievably, he had been adopted out but was returned recently and that’s why he was not in the observation areas.

The rest is an energy filled, laughter, and loving history. We changed his name, brought him home, and are so happy to have him be a part of our family. He fetches the ball endlessly and doesn’t mind me putting him in clothes, so I had to share his first Ugly Xmas Sweater picture with everyone. Happy Holidays!

- Elynor

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Hapoo for the Holidays!

HapooHapoo and I have been together for almost 3 weeks now and he has stolen my heart! We just celebrated our 1st of many Thanksgivings together and I’m so thankful to have him. I am looking forward to his first Christmas and many more holidays together. He is adjusting really well and enjoying life in his new home. Thank you to the staff at SF SPCA and especially Michelle for her amazing help and support the day I came in and got my Hapoo. He is truly a blessing in disguise!

- Tannaz

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Prima the Pom – Little Dog with a Big Heart

Prima, a four-year-old Pomeranian mix, arrived at the San Francisco SPCA homeless and suffering from Patent Ductus Arteriosus, a heart problem preventing her body from getting enough oxygen. Upon her arrival at the shelter, she was immediately transferred to the SF SPCA’s veterinary hospital because of excessive panting (a side effect of the heart problems she was experiencing).

Without surgery, Prima was not expected to live a full life, but with heart surgery she was given a good prognosis for a normal, healthy life without needing any supportive medication.

The SF SPCA launched a campaign to raise the $3,500 that was needed for Prima to receive medical care from a heart specialist. And because of the community’s generous support, we reached our funding goal in just two weeks!

Prima and friends

Prima (at right) with her canine buddies in Redwood Park. She’s enjoying a bully stick, one of her favorite treats that she couldn’t have before the surgery because of the sodium content.

Prima received surgery at the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, where she became a staff favorite. With the care and support of UC Davis veterinarians and her foster mom she made a quick recovery. Prima still has a heart murmur, but it is much smaller and her energy level is greater than before the surgery. Fortunately, there’s no longer a fear that she will go into heart failure anytime soon.

When asked to describe how surgery had changed Prima, her foster mom said, “Emotionally, she’s still the same loving dog she was before her surgery, but she has more energy and with it and more Pomeranian attitude! She wants to go everywhere we go, and loves car rides, walks and any attention she can get. Prima has come to love her doggy friends, and she is especially close with my tiny Chihuahua. They spend their downtime cuddling and bouncing off each other (because they’re too furry to wrestle).”

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