Veterinary Street Outreach Services

Who We Are:

VET SOS provides free veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans and links their human guardians with health care services. Operating since 2001, VET SOS is a project of SFCCC's Street Outreach Services (SOS) program.

What We Do:

VET SOS provides free pop-up veterinary clinics 12 times per year using volunteer staffing and a specially equipped mobile outreach van.

How We Do It:.

By going directly to homeless people - meeting them on their own turf - the VET SOS team builds relationships of trust and breaks down the barriers that keep homeless people and their companion animals from the care they need and deserve.

Our Goals:

  • Improve the health of companion animals of homeless San Franciscans
  • Decrease the spread of infectious disease
  • Reduce pet overpopulation
  • Foster the human-animal bond
  • Provide health information and referrals to homeless San Franciscans
  • Champion the welfare of homeless pet guardians and their companion animals

Our Services:

  • On-site veterinary wellness exams including vaccinations, routine procedures, and laboratory testing
  • Rabies certificates
  • Microchip implantation and registration
  • Distribution of animal food, leashes, collars, and other pet supplies
  • Referral and transportation to free spay/neuter surgery & other veterinary care
  • Linkage to human health services

Our Successes:

Each year over 800 companion animals of homeless San Franciscans receive free veterinary care from us, and over 50 of their guardians are linked to human health services. 

Each year over 125 animals living on our city’s streets are spayed or neutered through our established outreach.

 

Our Partners:

 

Our Supporters:

 

Institutional Gifts:

Institutional gifts play an important role in helping VET SOS maintain its commitment to deliver high-quality veterinary medical care. We are grateful to the following foundations, corporations, organizations and businesses for supporting animals of homeless San Franciscans.

  • Banfield Charitable Trust
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation
  • Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals
  • The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless
  • Thornton S. Glide, Jr. and Katrina D. Glide Foundation
  • Petco Foundation
  • PetSmart Charities
  • Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
  • Mental Insight Foundation
  • San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association
  • Tails of Devotion

 

Veterinary Street Outreach Services

1550 Bryant Street
Suite 450
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 355-2248 main

vetsos@sfccc.org