Imagine our surprise when Pets
Unlimited received a call from Berkeley Animal Shelter with an urgent adoption request. They asked that our critical needs Shelter and Adoption Center take in a one-eyed 8 year-old Chinese
Crested who was in danger of euthanasia due to a fractured leg.
we first met T.C. McFluffers, he was painfully shy and
terrified of strangers and his new environment. In dire need of medical care, Pets Unlimited's state-of-the-art Veterinary Center was quick to respond by splinting his leg, resolving a painful skin
infection, and giving him much-needed dental care. That left his behavioral
sensitive soul brought the entire Pets Unlimited team
together in an attempt to teach little T.C. that people meant good things instead of neglect, pain, or abuse.
T.C. is finally making his journey home forever! He has a bright
future ahead of him with a loving, patient mom and two small dog siblings. T.C. truly exemplifies what Pets Unlimited
is all about - rehabilitating & rehoming the ever-deserving underdog!
In recent months, you may have seen some young faces around the Shelter and Adoption Center. These volunteers are
part of a carefully selected group that has been given the opportunity to work
alongside our adult volunteers, helping to improve the lives of the dogs and
cats at Pets Unlimited.
There are several
ways our young volunteers come to us. Most apply as individuals, working a
two-hour weekly shift. They have come from schools such as Cathedral School for Boys, The French American International
School, The Hamlin School, Washington High School, Leadership High
School, Star of the Sea
School, and Katherine Delmar Burke
School. Others come as
interns, volunteering for up to 6 hours a week as part of City Arts and
High School's Workplace
Learning Experience. Still other young volunteers give their time as part of
The Urban School of San Francisco's Service Learning component of their
No matter how they come to us, they bring a caring, loving attitude that brightens the lives of our shelter animals. Our young volunteers are an incredible addition to our volunteer team and we are thrilled to have
Foster... Not too long ago, Pets Unlimited was visiting the Fremont Animal Shelter on the lookout for dogs in need. At the end of our visit, five
tiny black kittens came in to the shelter
squirming and mewing in a cardboard box and we couldn't resist taking them back to San Francisco to start their new lives!
These kittens were barely four
weeks old and had no idea that kitten food came in little tins let alone how to eat it.
After several days with kitten-savvy staff members, they were eating on their
own and were ready to move in with their first-time foster parent. This great foster mom took her
commitment in stride and never stopped smiling, devoting her time to multiple messy feedings and lots of
The fabulous five were kept
healthy, growing and strong for over six weeks before returning to Pets Unlimited. In many shelters across the country
kittens this young would not survive, but with the support of our wonderful
staff members and foster parents,
these quintuplets have already found their forever homes!
There are so many ways you can help
Pets Unlimited and support our shelter animals as well as our charitable
veterinary care programs.
- Make a gift
directly to our shelter animals! Our average annual cost last year to save the
lives of one of our residents was $4,500. The more charitable support we
receive, the more cats and dogs in need we can help.
- Make a contribution designated to our Berrigan Fund that helps support the medical treatment of pets
whose guardians cannot fully afford their care, or to our Darryl Tsujimoto Fund
that continues the medical care for retired San Francisco police
- Donate in honor or
memory of a beloved pet, or in honor of a loved one or important event. Our Pet Tribute Mural is also a lovely way to acknowledge a beloved animal while helping
support our shelter residents.
- Clean out your
closet and bring the items to Community Thrift Store and our shelter animals
will receive 50% of the profits.
- Our shelter animals
also need your used cars. It's incredibly easy to donate your car, boat or truck
to Pets Unlimited through our community partner, Car Donation Services, who will
take care of everything for you!
Our Holistic Veterinary Medicine program is housed in Winnie's
Center, a calming, spa-like facility on the lower level of our Fillmore street building. The program
is led by staff veterinarian Dr. Randy Bowman in partnership with Dr. Rachel
Feigenbaum. For more information about
their backgrounds and holistic approach to veterinary medicine, you can visit our website.
Choosing holistic veterinary care for your pet
may provide you with more options for relieving pain and improving
mobility, managing chronic respiratory problems, resolving recurring skin
problems, supporting cancer treatment and enhancing the well-being of senior
cats and dogs.
To make an appointment for a holistic consultation with Dr.
Bowman or Dr. Feigenbaum, please call our appointment line at 415-563-6700.