$29.9 Million Animal Care Center Under Construction

The San Francisco SPCA celebrated the groundbreaking of the site that will hold the state-of-the-art facility.

Posted: October 22, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Dogs Marley (left) and Quinn break ground at the new Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco SPCA

Dogs, cats and the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center on Oct. 4, 2007. Upon completion, the 60,000-square-foot facility will have the largest medical area of any veterinary hospital in North America.

The estimated $29.9 million dollar center will be environmentally friendly and utilize an energy-efficient heating system and insulation, as well as refrigerators and freezers. And for every tree that is used to create the facility, another tree will be planted.

Other features of the new facility include 17 consulting and examination rooms, an in-room computer system, two modern surgery rooms, a main treatment complex, an intensive care ward, a surgery room suite for spay and neuter operations that will double the surgical capacity of the spay and neuter clinic, multiple isolation and quarantine wards, and up-to-date ultrasound equipment.

“The San Francisco SPCA is very excited about the launch of this new enterprise,” said San Francisco SPCA President Jan McHugh-Smith. “We are mindful that the center is a tribute to the memory of Mrs. Roberts and her lifelong devotion to the welfare of animals. Her generosity and vision, and that of the Roberts family, is truly inspiring.”

The facility, named after a longtime member of the San Francisco SPCA Board of Directors, will largely be funded by a $13 million gift from Roberts. A capital campaign has been launched to help raise additional money needed to complete construction.

The multi-million dollar center is expected to be finished by early 2009.


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Laurel   Charleston, SC

5/10/2008 7:28:22 PM

Okay...if 13 million was a gift...why can't they build a 13 million dollar facility and use the remaining funds raised to actually go towards the existing Animal Care Shelter Crisis? I think it is great, but $29 million to build, then to pay people to work it...advertise...etc...how much money actually goes to help save a life?


Well, it's already underway..so no use crying over spilt...money. I personally think that there should be government subsidizing to let all Responsible Pet Owners get their animals spayed and Neutered for free, or at low cost. The Gov should "earmark" some funds (they fund all kinds of wacky stuff anyway) to pay Veterinarians to preform the surgeries as needed. Am I going to hold my breath to see that one. NOPE. Does it make sense? I really think it does.


I read that an Airline saved millions of dollars a year just by cutting out the "olives" from their in-flight, gourmet meals. Millions!!! How is it that we can't get help to solve the unwanted Pet Population explosion.

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

10/22/2007 3:11:00 PM

That's really good!

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megan   somewherein, OH

10/22/2007 10:13:21 AM

that's cute how they had the dogs do the first digging!!!

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Donna   Limington, ME

10/22/2007 8:42:48 AM

That is great, I wish there would be something like that on the east coast too!

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