Breaking Down Barriers to Access to Care

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA CEO

One of the major issues we see in companion—animal welfare today is a lack of access to basic medical care. Vision 2030 is our blueprint to address access to care long-term and to positively impact millions of animals’ lives by the year 2030. We’ve made remarkable strides since we set our sights on enhancing access to care through the expansion of our community medicine programs, shelter partnerships and advocacy.

In the past year alone, we awarded more than $1 million in financial assistance to help pets receive medical care. We treated nearly 16,000 animals at our Call Ahead, Mobile Vaccine and Spay and Neuter clinics; won a major victory for animals with the signing of AB 1282, which outlaws captive blood-donor dog facilities in California; and we launched our boldest venture yet—the San Francisco SPCA Community Veterinary Clinic, which now offers local, affordable veterinary care to San Francisco’s Excelsior District and neighboring communities.

An evolved mission and vision

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We’re proud of our new focus on access to care, and we want to reflect this new commitment in how we talk about ourselves and the work ahead. So we called on supporters to help us evolve our vision and mission statements. More than 300 responded to our survey, sharing thoughts about how to best describe who we are and the world we hope to create. After considerable input, I’m pleased to announce our updated vision and mission statements.


We envision a world in which the love people share with animals uplifts humanity to a state of greater compassion.


Our mission is to ensure every companion animal has access to quality medical care, compassionate shelter and a loving home.

Our new vision and mission statements set the course for our strategic-planning work moving forward, and we hope these words resonate with you as they do with all of us—especially in 2023, as we celebrate our 155th anniversary.

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It’s the unwavering commitment of our supporters and Legacy Society members that has made this life-changing work possible for 155 years.

To learn how you can make a gift from your estate plans to secure our mission for years to come, please contact Director of Planned Giving June Hom at (415) 430-3251 or today. Thank you for everything you do for the animals and people in need of our help.

Thank you for being a friend to animals!

Signature of Jennifer Scarlett

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA CEO