One therapy pig, 33 dogs, six puppies, two cats and seven horses gathered at City Hall in San Francisco to salute the 150th anniversary of the San Francisco SPCA on April 18, 2018. Susan Atherton chaired the gala affair that also attracted over 300 animal-loving humans who donated vital funds for rescuing and caring for animals.
Guests experienced a “Pooch Smooch” cuddle and photo op with adoptable puppies, a vegetarian feast from McCall’s Catering, entertainment from the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and American jazz and cabaret singer Paula West. Lilou, one of the nation’s first therapy pigs, showed up in red carpet style with red painted hooves and graciously posed for countless pictures throughout the cocktail hour. During dinner, the SF SPCA paid special tribute to the George Roberts and Peter Read Families for their exceptional generosity. California Governor Jerry Brown (represented by Charlotte Shultz and her dog Stanford Shultz) and former State Senator Mark Leno received awards for their leadership in animal welfare and protection.
Scenes from the SF SPCA 150th Anniversary Celebration:
Photos by Susana Bates and Ando Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography
Proceeds from the SF SPCA 150th Anniversary Celebration will provide essential support for the SF SPCA’s lifesaving programs and Vision 2020, the organization’s plan to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by the year 2020.
Since its inception in 1868, the SF SPCA has been at the forefront of animal welfare. The SF SPCA is the fourth oldest humane society in the United States and created the No-Kill movement. In fact, no adoptable dog or cat in San Francisco goes without a home, even if they have medical or other issues. All of the SF SPCA’s programs and services support at least one of its guiding principles: prevention, rescue, and education.