SPCA revamps adoption center in SF 

click to enlarge The San Francisco SPCA adoption center underwent months of remodeling to replace its 15-year-old building that houses adoptable cats, dogs and, for the first time, smaller mammals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. - COURTESY SF SPCA
  • Courtesy SF SPCA
  • The San Francisco SPCA adoption center underwent months of remodeling to replace its 15-year-old building that houses adoptable cats, dogs and, for the first time, smaller mammals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.

Cats, dogs and other animals at the San Francisco SPCA adoption center now have a new shelter to call their temporary home.

Following last year's record-high number of adoptions -- roughly 5,000 -- the shelter underwent months of remodeling beginning in January to replace its 15-year-old building that houses adoptable cats, dogs and, for the first time, smaller mammals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.

The adoption center, which reopened Saturday, increased its capacity by 20 percent to hold an additional 1,000 animals.

It features an indoor dog park and San Francisco-themed decorations in condominium-style rooms for cats. which at the time of their initial installation in 1998 to replace cages were the first of their kind in a U.S. shelter.

New technology aims to "reduce wait times for people looking to adopt," including electronic kennel cards that display an animal's age, background and personality. TVs were installed throughout the center to advertise upcoming events and animals that have been there for a long time, SPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney said.

During the remodel, animals were moved to a temporary adoption center at 201 Alabama St., where the nonprofit first opened in 1868. Earlier this year, the SPCA added a second, smaller adoption center in Pacific Heights.

A campaign to raise money for the remodel, which was funded entirely by private donations, brought in nearly $3 million, Maloney said.

A grand reopening party for the new shelter will be held June 13 from 4-10 p.m. Adoption fees will be waived that weekend for animals six months and older.

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