Have you heard about San Francisco Aid for Animals? SFAfA, a project of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association, is a charitable fund dedicated to keeping companion animals and their families together. Grants provided through local veterinarians help pet guardians with financial hardship deal with urgent, treatable conditions to prevent needless suffering, euthanasia or surrender of their animal companions.
Our own Dr. Alan Stewart serves on the SFAfA committee, and we are happy to help get the word out about how to support this group’s important work.
In addition to monetary donations (see www.sfaidforanimals.org/donate.html for details), there are a number of other ways to help support SFAfA:
Donate to Community Thrift
SFAfA is now on the charity roster of Community Thrift! That means you can donate furniture, clothes, books, etc. to Community Thrift AND shop for items there (code 44) – all to benefit SFAfA.
Learn about what types of donations are accepted and get directions to the Donate Door here (it can be a little tricky to find): www.communitythriftsf.org/donate
Please note that furniture pickup is available; call (415) 861-4910 for details.
- Sort and pack types of items into different containers and label what is in them, e.g. clothes, kitchenware, books.
- Include large sheets of paper inside the box marked in a type of ink that will not run and ruin anything with “SF Aid for Animals” and its number code of “44.”
- Mark different sides of the outside of the box with “SF Aid For Animals” and its number code of “44.”
- Make sure the boxes are stamped numerous times with the number 44 by a Community Thrift employee in your presence before being moved from the unloading dock to the back because their stickers will be the primary ID.
Car Donation Services
Donate your car to help SFAfA! Visit www.cardonationservices.com to learn why you should consider donating your vehicle vs. selling it (hint: it’s easy, you get a tax deduction, you help a charity).
If you decide to donate and would like to support SFAfA, go to www.cardonationservices.com/161/donate-a-car-Community-Initiatives-Notate-Specific-Project-in-Comment-Field/ and list San Francisco Aid for Animals as the beneficiary. (Community Initiatives is SFAfA’s umbrella organization.)
My Mutt Program, Pet Food Express
Have you ever noticed all the large pet photos in the Pet Food Express stores? Your pet (all animals, not just dogs) can be a star, too! To participate in the My Mutt Program, make a donation of at least $250 to SFAfA or another nonprofit rescue or shelter.
Pet Food Express hires a professional pet photographer to arrange a photo shoot of your adorable critter. And once you choose an image, it is blown up to poster size and put on display in the store of your choosing. For more information, visit www.petfoodexpress.com/my-mutt/make-your-pet-a-star/