There is no bond quite like the one between humans and pets. To capture the unique nature of this relationship, the SF SPCA has begun collecting written, audio, and video stories from those whose lives have been touched by animals. The Companion Chronicles is a living archive of these timeless stories. So, what’s yours?

Featured Stories:

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bookmark-o Inspirational
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Our Bright Light

bookmark-o How We Met
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Sweet, Slightly Nutty Kitty

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From Pug-a-pillar to Pug-a-fly

bookmark-o How We Met
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Abandoned Pup

bookmark-o In Memoriam
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Never Forgotten

Is your cat rad?

Cats keep it real. They are nonchalant, own every room they are in, and occasionally go insane in the middle of the night for no reason. But when they are ready to get their cuddle on, they don’t care what you are doing. Working on the computer? Trying to catch up on some reading? Nope. Not with a furry body sitting on your lap looking up at you and meowing sweetly. We’re guessing you don’t mind one bit. Tell us why you can’t resist your cat’s cuteness.

Support the SF SPCA

The SF SPCA has been saving and caring for San Francisco’s animals since 1868. We’ve come a long way since then—founding the No-Kill movement, building the first cage-less adoption center and advocating on behalf of all animals—to become a global leader in animal welfare and helping to establish San Francisco as one of the most progressively humane cities in the world.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of all the people who have adopted an animal, volunteered their time or provided financial support. Together, we’ve been able to bring pets and people together, celebrating the merriment, magic and meaning that animals bring to all of our lives. Thank you for your generosity—the animals we save, the lives we change, and the communities we touch are all made possible because of you!

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Thanks!

Thank you for participating in The Companion Chronicles story project. Check back soon to see your story posted. Be sure to share it with family and friends, so you can inspire others to post stories of their own.

Share a Story

Telling stories should be fun so we’ve come up with a few ways to let you share. One way is by using the form below to write a story and include photos and videos. You can also call 1-415-360-0202 from your mobile phone to record your audio story. It’s all up to your imagination. Get started!

* required field

1. Let us know who you are. *

2. Tell us about your pet. *

Did you adopt your pet from a shelter or rescue organization?

3. Choose a category. *

4. What’s the title of your story? *

5. What’s your story about? *

6. Tell us your story.*

7. Please post photos or videos for your story (you can submit a total of three).

SELECT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
Hint: To upload multiple files, hold CTRL key while selecting file names.
File Type: JPEG, PNG, MP4, MOV, AVI
Max file size: 100MB
? Best Practices for Submitting Photos and Videos

Imagery is an important part of the Companion Chronicles so we encourage storytellers to submit high-quality photos and video that give meaning to their stories. Please use these guidelines below to ensure that we can accept your submissions:

  • Please send the highest quality/largest size media possible.
  • If you use a camera phone, please change the settings to the highest possible quality setting and export the media off your phone at the largest size.
  • Please do not distort the image by applying photo filters or effects.
  • When taking video, hold the camera as still as possible. Using your phone? Hold the phone horizontally, and keep your hands as still as possible.
  • Do not attempt to increase the size of an existing image using filters or software. This will not improve the quality.
  • Check the focus! Low light or wiggly animals can make photos blurry. Moving the camera when taking video can create unwanted motion blurs in video.
  • Avoid taking photos or video with objects that have visible logos or characters or inappropriate sayings on them.
  • Avoid using your camera's built in flash; it washes out the image and creates dark outlines and cast shadows.
  • Make sure your photos and video aren't too dark. When taking pictures inside, try moving closer to a window or raising shades or opening curtains to add bright, natural light to your images.
  • Consider your composition. Faces and images taken straight on (not above, looking down) are the most engaging. Avoid zooming in too closely or standing too far back. Avoid distracting or cluttered backgrounds. Make sure your pet or action is the focus of the image, not the surroundings.