Maloos, meaning “very cute/loveable” in Persian, is a small orange tabby and white cat, sent to the U.S. by a group of concerned animal rescue workers in Iran. He flew almost 8,000 miles in 20 hours from Tehran to San Francisco, escorted by a passenger en route to the U.S.—as arranged by Sayeh Animal Guardians—and was surrendered to SFACC with the hope that this brave cat would receive medical attention and be adopted. ACC vets concluded that Maloos was born with congenital deformities in his hips and legs, leaving him unable to walk. Following a bungled attempt to repair a part of Maloos’s deformity, his left hind leg was amputated in Iran. Also, either the object of cruelty or cruel fate, his face contained shrapnel embedded near his eye.
Because of the ongoing lack of funding for extensive medical treatment at ACC, Friends of SF/ACC stepped in to pay for surgery to remove the shrapnel from his face. Maloos recovered well from the surgery but had limited mobility with a paralyzed remaining leg, propelling himself with only his front paws. Friends provided an animal wheelchair/cart, which he adapted to and was soon wheeling himself and playing. He was adopted and is now in a loving home.
Maloos is one example of how the funds raised by Friends of SFACC can help special medical needs animals that make their way to ACC, whether from across the world or across the city.


Chile the conure was clearly happy to be reunited with his person, who came to ACC to look for him after he was lost for one day. Please remember to check SF Animal Care & Control when you find an animal or lose a pet—it’s a great day when animals get to go home again!


Eight years ago today, I adopted my sweet rabbit, Jack, from your shelter. Today was his tenth birthday. I want to thank you for all that you do for all these animals, and the people who are lucky enough to adopt them into their families. Jack is a sweet, gentle, playful bunny, who enjoys a wonderful life along with two cat brothers and a bird sister. We all love him very, very much. Happy Birthday Jack!


Animal Control Officers responded to a unique call this spring: a piglet running in traffic on Dolores Street in the Mission District. By the time Sgt. Ellie Sadler arrived at the scene, a crowd of good Samaritans was rounding up the precocious porker. After a merry chase, good fortune smiled down upon the piglet. She was captured safely by Brother Damian of the Society of Saint Francis. Only in San Francisco could a wayward piglet be rescued by a representative of the Patron Saint of Animals. No one came to the shelter to claim her and Frances, as she’s now called, was adopted by a family in Sebastopol.


The wonderful pittie boy formerly known as Prince was adopted recently and we already have an update: He’s now named Thiago and doing great! Here he is at Lands End checking out the smells of the ocean with his new guardian, ready for all kinds of adventures.


Bugsy (formerly Willow) was adopted from ACC at the end of last summer into a wonderful home and is now living with a big sister kitty, Abby. Bugsy is happy chilling out and showing off her awesome polydactyl paws!


Beautiful senior Bearded Collie Millie was surrendered to ACC because her owners were divorcing and had to move. We reached out to the Bearded Collie Club of America Rescue and they found a wonderful foster family, who sent us a great update. Millie has a wonderful life now and is living up in the Bodega Bay area with other Bearded Collies where she gets to stretch those legs and run.


We adopted Nora (we named her Inara) at the beginning of January. She’s doing great! We all love her. She is wonderful at the dog park, super sociable, and especially enjoys running with the big dogs. We have started training classes and she is a hard worker.

Cute white fluffy puppy with big brown eyes.

Gem–a Diamond in the Rough

Gem is a poodle puppy who was found on the conveyor belt at the S.F. Recology sorting center. It’s truly a miracle that she survived, thanks to the quick reactions of Recology employees who rescued her from a sorting conveyor belt at the SF dump with seconds to spare. Gem was rushed to ACC and treated for her injuries. She then spent time recovering in a foster home before she was made available for adoption.
Gregory Foster and Arturo Pena, who saved Gem’s life, were later recognized by the S.F. Animal Control and Welfare Commission in a special ceremony in January, 2014 at City Hall. ACC staff and Gem were on hand to show their gratitude for the workers’ quick actions and compassionate care. ACC received over 200 applications from people across the country hoping to adopt Gem. A lottery was held and she was adopted by a lucky Recology employee, a happy ending for this cute little pup. We hope some of the folks who wanted to adopt Gem will come and adopt one of our other gems!