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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

he levels of care that the agency was prepared to provide.

The Leanne Roberts Center has significantly more space for examination rooms, surgery suites, laboratories, quarantine and intensive care wards. The facility also has upgraded equipment and separate areas for feral cats and shelter animals in order to create a more stress-free environment.

"In line with The SF/SPCA's approach to animal welfare, great care was taken in creating a veterinary experience that was as supportive, effective and as compassionate as possible for animals," said John P. Aldridge, DVM. Aldridge, who has been with The SF/SPCA since 1976, is Director of Veterinary Services and vice president of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association. "But the Leanne Roberts Center will also strive to serve other members of the community. This includes excellent customer service and veterinary advice, as well as continued collaboration with local veterinarians."

The Leanne Roberts Center will work to accommodate clients referred by area veterinarians -- because of capacity issues or if customers cannot afford care -- and The SF/SPCA will refer its own clients to veterinarian specialists. Additionally, the Leanne Roberts Center aims to be a teaching resource and hub for veterinary learning across the community.

The nonprofit hospital also looks forward to working more with local animal groups, including providing discounted spay/neuter procedures for animals in these groups' care.

"The SF/SPCA is one of many groups focused on animal welfare in the Bay Area, but they are uniquely positioned in our community to have a great impact on the health and well-being of our animals, including reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens," said Sherri Franklin of Muttville, a San Francisco rescue group for older dogs. "We are grateful that they will team up with fellow animal advocates to make it easier to spay and ne
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