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San Francisco Event Celebrating the New “Rescue Row”


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Rescue Row1 (2)A San Francisco street will be honorably renamed “Rescue Row,” due to the location of four of San Francisco’s premier animal rescue organizations on the same city block of Alabama Street, between 15th and 16th streets. This section of street is home to the San Francisco SPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Northern California Family Dog Rescue and San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

On May 6th, 2014, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to officially recognize the street as Rescue Row, making it the first of its kind in the country. Having the four rescue organizations on the same street makes it especially easy for adopters to find their perfect companion.

Sherri Franklin, the Executive Director of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, remarked on the occasion:

“We are so glad to be a part of Rescue Row with our other animal adoption partners. We think it’s going to be a win-win for all of the dogs, cats, birds and more that are hoping to find their forever homes on Rescue Row!”

To commemorate the occasion, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am on Saturday, May 31st with Supervisor David Campos, the leaders of each Rescue Row organization and MC Ronn Owens of KGO Radio.

Photo Courtesy of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Photo Courtesy of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Following the ribbon cutting, everyone will be invited to attend a red carpet pet parade! Pet owners can dress their pets in the most fun and creative outfits and join the festivities.

The ribbon cutting and pet parade will also coincide with the official kickoff of the Maddie’s© Pet Adoption Days, which will continue from May 31st to June 1st. During that weekend, adoption fees will be waived for all animals!

More than 100 Bay Area shelters will be participating in Maddie’s© Pet Adoption Days, including all four Rescue Row shelters, in the hopes of finding homes for at least 10,000 animals.

On Saturday, there will also be a delicious vegetarian BBQ, beer garden and music on Rescue Row from 10am to 6pm.

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, Co-President of the San Francisco SPCA, spoke about Rescue Row:

“When people think of pet adoption in San Francisco, we want Rescue Row to be the first destination that comes to mind. There are hundreds of animals to choose from at the four Rescue Row organizations. If you want to adopt a pet, there is no better place!”

For more information about Rescue Row, visit


Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. Muttville’s mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice. Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. Muttville also provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes.
Family Dog Rescue’s purpose is to save family-friendly dogs from California’s high-kill shelters and place them with suitable families. All dogs are carefully screened for good behavior and receive proper veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations, before being matched with appropriate adopters. Family Dog especially loves to save “underdogs” — dogs born deaf, blind, or physically disabled — we call them our Miracle Dogs.

The San Francisco Department of Animal Care & Control
is a taxpayer-funded, open door animal shelter. SF ACC adopts out a variety of animals and provides housing, care and medical treatment to wild, exotic and domestic stray, lost, abandoned sick, injured and/or surrendered animals. SF ACC aims to rehome or reunite domestic animals with their guardians, and to rehabilitate and release wildlife to their native habitat. SF ACC responds to animal related emergencies 24/7 including animal abuse and neglect as well as matters of public safety.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit