Latest News from SFAfA — Winter 2023

Just a reminder to those using our grants this year. As a way to help you help more pets in need, the GIA match has been lowered to 50% this year. If your hospital would like to continue to match at a higher percentage, that’s great. We are happy to be working with all of you and together the more families we can help the better.

Our Tauber funds (This is the fund for higher-cost cases and the 25% match.) have not yet been replenished. We are hoping that our donor will again make this possible at the beginning of the year. We will let everyone know as soon as we have an update. You can also check the “For Providers” section of our website. It will have the current available Tauber Funds listed.

If you are interested in helping us out in any capacity, we would love your help. We are always looking for people with lots of energy and lots of new ideas. We often need dedicated people who would like to volunteer for specific projects or who would like to join the board. If you are interested, please contact us anytime through the website ( or at

Be on the lookout for new signage for your hospitals. We are currently working on new ways for your clients to donate to SFAfA, which will include posters, dog houses and opaque wall-mounted collection boxes, all with QR codes for donations. We are also working on updated signage with information about our program to post in staff areas. Once they are completed, we will reach out to your hospital and tailor a plan that works best for you.


This program is a compassionate way to acknowledge the loss of your client’s beloved pet, while helping SFAfA to continue its mission to provide funds for urgently needed veterinary care. It is simple and easy to do. You provide us with a list of clients and the names of their deceased pets. One of our volunteers sends your client a signed condolence card with a personalized hand written note, acknowledging your generous donation to SFAfA in memory of their pet. We do not specify the actual donation amount to your client. We ask for a donation of at least $10 for each card that we send. This very successful program has been in existence for over ten years and we have sent out more than 15,000 cards on your behalf. If you are interested in more information or would like to join the program, please contact Anne Marie at


“Estrella” is a 12 year old f/s toy poodle who went missing from her home. After two days, her frantic owners found her at Animal Care and Control. They were told that she was brought to ACC by a good Samaritan who had seen her thrown from a car. “Estrella” had a problem with her mouth, was barely eating and she needed veterinary care. Her family brought her to Mission Pet Hospital where she was examined and treated by Dr. Claire Blumstein for a fractured jaw. Her family didn’t have the resources to pay for much more than her exam. Between an SFAfA grant and the match by Mission Pet, “Estrella” was treated and is doing great at home today.

Thank you all for all of your dedication and hard work. We wouldn’t be able to help pets like “Estrella” without your compassion, care and support. We are grateful every day to be working with such an amazing group of people. Thank you all!!!!!!

SFVMA Scholarships

Veterinary Students

We will offer a scholarship to one UC Davis veterinary student and one Western Veterinary student in 2024. Applications are typically accepted between October and December annually as determined by the college.


  • Must be currently enrolled in the veterinary program at UC Davis or Western University
  • Current or former employment with an SFVMA member
  • Must be able to prove employment with member


Tim McPheron
Director of Development
College of Veterinary Medicine


Hnouzong Her
External Relations Manager

RVT Students

To support and encourage RVTs in San Francisco, the SFVMA has established a scholarship program for students enrolled in an accredited RVT program. We will award $1,000 to two candidates who are currently or have previously worked in the practice of an SFVMA member, and have a stated desire to return to SF after graduation.

Submissions should include a personal statement from the student, a letter of recommendation from the veterinarian, and proof of enrollment at an accredited RVT program. The deadline for applications is May 1 annually.

Questions should be sent to Anna DeVincenzi at

SFVMA Scholarships

SFAfA — Submit a Request for Funding


Charitable Donations

Charitable Donations

The SFVMA Board will consider charitable grants to organizations that support the care and welfare of animals in our community and promote the veterinary profession.

Please contact Karen Truong for details on requests for donations: