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San Francisco SPCA Dramatically Expands Charitable Veterinary Care With Opening of Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center
Date:1/28/2009

e Feral Cat Assistance Program, and Spay/Neuter Clinic.

The SF/SPCA also announced today that it plans to perform 12,000 spay/neuter procedures in 2009 -- nearly twice the number performed per year in past years. The SF/SPCA aims to meet this milestone by offering discounted services to rescue groups and expanding service to pets outside of San Francisco.

"Spay/neuter services and veterinary care have always been critical pieces of our efforts to save and protect lives," said Jan McHugh-Smith, president of The SF/SPCA. "But there are always more animals in need. Our new veterinary hospital enables us to provide high-quality, compassionate care not just for cats and dogs whose guardians can afford it but also for homeless animals and for guardians who need financial assistance. That is the mission of The SF/SPCA, and it is the vision of the Roberts family, who played an invaluable role in making this gift to the community a reality."

The hospital is named for the late Leanne B. Roberts, a former SF/SPCA Board member and animal lover. Her son, Eric Bovet Roberts, is a current Board member, and the family has donated $18 million to the building of the hospital.

"My mother recognized that a city's approach to animal welfare is not complete if it is not providing compassionate, comprehensive medical care to all of its animals," said Eric Roberts. "It is fitting that the city of San Francisco -- named for the patron saint of animals -- is home now to a world-class, nonprofit center of care and excellence for all the community's cats and dogs. The Roberts family is proud to be part of this service to the community -- and to have my mom's name adorn its walls."

Each year, The SF/SPCA provides approximately $1.5 million in charitable veterinary services to nearly 30,000 cats and dogs, with and without homes. But its previous facility -- built in 1932 -- became too small and inadequate for t
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