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 500 companion animals of homeless San Franciscans receive free veterinary care from us. 


Our Partners:


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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
2720 Taylor St, Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 355-2248 main