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Sometimes your pet picks you, sometimes you pick them, and sometimes it’s just fate, or coincidence, or something else entirely…


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You can’t window shop for kittens

My resident cat, Cosmo, lost his litter-mate to FLV when they were about a year and a half old. After a couple years of being the only cat, Cosmo was definitely showing signs of missing having a friend to play with (I was getting play-attacked on a regular basis) so I started thinking about getting him a companion. I wanted a kitten because I thought that might make their introduction a bit easier so when kitten season hit, I started the “online dating” process. I must have looked at 100 profiles of the most adorable cats. Plus, all my friends were sending me links to potential candidates but I was nervous about this whole endeavor so I kept finding excuses not to go meet any of them.

Finally, l ran out of excuses and made the decision to go to the SF SPCA and “look”. But a dear friend of mine always says you can’t window shop for kittens, so I was pretty sure I’d bring home a friend for Cosmo. I saw a couple options online that seemed promising and a friend of mine who is an SF SPCA volunteer agreed to meet me and help with the “looking”. “First dates” are always nerve wracking! I made my way through all the hallways, “speed dating” all the kittens I had seen online plus other adorable options. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel a connection to any of them. I was discouraged but I had faith that someday I’d find a love match.
Then we walked to the lobby to leave and – curled up in the front window – was a scraggly looking, 2 month old, 1.25 lb ginger kitten who had been neutered the day before and just released. He smelled like antiseptic and his fur was patchy and coarse from a ringworm incident but when he crawled up my arm and snuggled into my neck I knew I’d found the perfect match.

Finn, the polydactyl ginger kitten, came home with me that day. I started all the suggested “introduction” steps, but Cosmo quickly took matters into his own paws; he pushed open the door separating them and began their sweet bromance. Now, Finn is 2 years old, his silky fur has grown in and he and Cosmo spend all day play-attacking and snoozing. Sometimes “online dating” is the perfect way to meet your match.

By Sue. Posted on May 3, 2018

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Is your dog dope?

Dogs have special powers to make us better people. Just by walking down the street, they turn strangers into friends. A quick cuddle from a canine companion can help you feel less alone. They can teach you everything you need to know about how to enjoy life. When they say they will love you forever, they mean it. How does your dog bring out the best in you?

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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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).

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.