June 14, 2013
At our June 7th clinic, we provided care for 39 animals (36 dogs and 3 cats). Six of their human guardians received referrals for free healthcare services. Thank you, as always, to the the San Francisco SPCA for providing free spay/neuter services for our clients' pets!
April 12, 2013
At our clinic in Bayview on April 12th, we provided care for 37 animals (10 cats and 27 dogs)! Five of their human guardians received referrals for free healthcare services. Thank you, as always, to the San Francisco SPCA for providing free spay/neuter services for our clients' pets and sending additional volunteer support when we got really busy!
March 30, 2013
Bernal Beast Donations
Huge thanks to local pet store, Bernal Beast, and its customers for hosting and participating in a generous winter toy drive for VET SOS! We'll distribute these great toys to the pets of our homeless clients at upcoming clinics.
March 20, 2013
March 20 Clinic
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at our March 20th clinic! We provided free veterinary care to 52 dogs, 11 cats, and one rat companion of homeless San Franciscans. Six of those animals received free spay/neuter surgeries at the San Francisco SPCA, and 12 of their human guardians received referrals for free healthcare services at a San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium clinic or partner clinic. To volunteer at our next VET SOS clinic on April 12th, visit our volunteer page.
Bess Touma Honored
Bess Touma, VET SOS Development Coordinator and Advisory Committee Chair (both volunteer positions), has been selected as an inaugural recipient of the National Community Health Corps' Community Impact Award! Bess' leadership has played a key role in helping VET SOS grow and sustain our breadth of services, and we offer her our most sincere thanks and congratulations!
March 1, 2013
"My Dog is My Home"
Want to explore the various issues surrounding homeless people who have pets? Check out the essays on this blog, "My Dog is My Home", by the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) in Los Angeles: www.mydogismyhome.com NMAS is the first museum of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of shared experience.
February 15, 2013
Valentine's Day Clinic
Our Valentine's Day clinic was a huge success! We provided care for 36 animals, and two of them were sent to the San Francisco SPCA for free spay/neuter surgeries. Two pet guardians received referrals for free healthcare services. Want to help make our next clinic a success? Please visit our volunteer page to learn more or get involved.
February 8, 2013
Thanks to everyone who supported our January 25th clinic targeting homeless youth and their pets. We provided care for 35 animals, including 32 dogs and 3 cats. Eight of these animals were sent to VET SOS partner agency, San Francisco SPCA, for free spay/neuter surgeries, and 3 of their guardians received referrals for free human healthcare services.
January 29, 2013
Our last 2 clinics on December 12th & January 11th were very successful! We provided veterinary care for 110 animals, including 92 dogs and 18 cats. 13 of those animals were sent to the San Francisco SPCA for free spay/neuter surgeries, and 14 of their owners were given referrals for free human healthcare services. Why not make a resolution to help our VET SOS animals and their homeless owners this year and volunteer with us? Next clinics dates are 1/25, 2/15, and 3/20. For more information, please visit our volunteer page
January 29, 2013
Check out this great article on a new book by Dr. Leslie Irvine, researched in part on her interviews with VET SOS clients and volunteers (and featuring our very own client photos!), demonstrating the healing power of the human-animal bond between homeless people and their pets: www.coloradanmagazine.org/2012/12/01/my-dog-always-eats-first