SFSPCA to lay off 15 percent of workforce

October 2, 2009 5:06:20 PM PDT
The San Francisco SPCA has announced it is laying off around 15 percent of its workforce.

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It has not been announced yet which positions will be eliminated, but the animals will not suffer because of the layoffs.

The equivalent of 22 full-time positions are being eliminated. Some people are being let go, others are having their hours reduced. The SFSPCA laid off eight full-time workers just a couple of months ago back in July.

"The economy was really the perfect storm for us. People lost their homes. We saw more people in need coming to use our charity services at the veterinary hospital. Our expenses increased, our reserves decreased and we had to make some tough decisions cutting costs here so that we can continue forward with our mission," said SPCA president Jan McHugh-Smith.

Starting October 12, the SFSPCA will be closed on Mondays; it will be open on the other weekdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The SFSPCA is asking for volunteers to help fill the loss of the employees. If you are interested, please visit www.sfspca.org

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