Miss Candy’s Stumble

Miss Candy arrived at Betty’s home in 2006 after the death of a relative. The four-year-old Pekingese’s chronic inner ear defect resulted in a permanent head tilt and the tendency to circle to the left. This has not stopped Miss Candy going on walks and living a happy life for the past ten years with Betty and her husband. Betty and Miss Candy visited Mission Pet Hospital at least once a year for checkups and necessary shots. As Miss Candy Continue Reading

Bodie’s Rescue

Katherine, an 84-year-old widow from Pacifica, is very fond of telling her many friends that, in her opinion, the only dogs worth having are English Bulldogs. A mischievous friend emailed the website for NorCal Bulldog Rescue to Katherine, who spotted Bodie and was immediately smitten. In May 2016 she brought Bodie home from Elk Grove, California. When Placerville SPCA picked up Bodie, her condition was pretty bad: she weighed only 30 pounds, there were wounds and scars indicating abuse, and Continue Reading

China’s Tail Is Wagging Again

China entered Josie’s life on September 11, 2011 when her guardian was no longer able to care for the three-month-old female pit bull. Josie took one look at the happy, tail wagging pup and spontaneously decided that she needed a dog. She got all of her vaccinations, was spayed, generally behaved herself and formed a very close bond with Josie, who had several health issues and lived on a fixed income. China began to develop severe allergic skin disease before Continue Reading


Everyone knows that cats have nine lives. This is the story of seventeen year-old Mimi who has been testing that legend. Mimi was discovered by Ms. Chin Chi in 2001 living in a feral cat community of 30 plus cats in the Richmond District of San Francisco. She was a very small, frail looking cat with one obviously blind eye. They called her “little mommy” then as she regularly produced litters of kittens. Chin and her friends always made sure Continue Reading


On a bright, sunny day in August 2006 Matt, a 23-year-old USF college student, decided to check out the action at Serramonte Mall in Daly City. As he wandered around the mall he came upon the pet store.  In front were large aquariums filled with all sorts of tropical fish, next were the parrots, parakeets and canaries, behind them more aquariums containing snakes and lizards and at the very back, behind a large glass window were a dozen kennels each Continue Reading

Junior & Churris

Here’s the story: Cesar was about to take the laundry downstairs but Junior and Churris were horsing around in the hallway. He told them to stop but they continued until Churris accidently bumped Junior and down the stairs he fell. A trip to the ER confirmed a broken leg, a surgeon was called, the fracture was repaired and Junior went home a chastised and hopefully wiser child. And Cesar’s medical insurance paid most of the costs. In reality Junior and Continue Reading


When Rich and Teri began to think about bringing another Shetland Sheepdog into their home, they knew this had to be a very special puppy. This would be their sixth Sheltie, their original adopted from the San Francisco SPCA more than 35 years ago. Furthermore, they hoped to train their new addition as a service dog to help Rich who has Parkinson’s disease. Shortly before Christmas last year, they found a breeder in Oklahoma and selected a tiny girl named Continue Reading


Deborah and Nicholas have been feeding a colony of feral cats in San Jose since 1999. Some time in 2009, a strange new cat showed up and hung around the edge of the main colony. He was a big (14 pounds), long-haired, orange and white tom cat that looked a lot like a Maine Coon. Looking at his tipped ear, they knew that the stranger had been neutered and released, but they weren’t sure what gender he was – with Continue Reading