How dogs can help relieve stress and anxiety

The mission of The San Francisco SPCA is to save and protect animals, to provide care and treatment, to advocate for their welfare and to enhance the human-animal bond. Founded in 1868, The SF/SPCA is a community-supported nonprofit dedicated to saving, protecting and caring for cats and dogs. We do this through immediate care of animals that are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate, but we also work to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying/neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their companions. Website:

AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy)
The San Francisco SPCA AAT department currently offers three services: The General AAT/AAA Program, The Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program (PDT), and Mastery, Empathy, and Social Conscience through AAT (MESCAAT). Our oldest program, the General Program, began in 1981, making us the longest-running AAT service affiliated with a larger animal welfare organization. When people enter mental and physical healthcare facilities most are unable to have their own pets with them. Our volunteers bridge that gap by sharing the love of their pets with those in need. In addition to relieving symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression a friendly pet allows us to feel thoroughly loved and in the present. While the human-companion animal bond is something intangible, and not always easy to describe, if you've ever loved and been loved by a pet, you know how it feels. Companion animals remind us of who we are and who we've been; they allow us to demonstrate compassion, empathy, and generosity. In short, they allow us to exercise the very best elements of our humanity. Our General Program serves more than 40,000 San Francisco community members annually by making the human-companion animal bond accessible to those in mental and physical healthcare facilities.

Marley Cares Day
Marley Cares, a special event taking place nationwide in 14 cities, including San Francisco, will be held to raise awareness of the value of therapy dogs in various settings as well as to celebrate the DVD release of the hit film Marley & Me. Fox Home Entertainment, who released the DVD Marley & Me, presented the SF SPCA with a $500 donation - a giant, dog bone-shaped check - to fund its valuable services of training and education.

Marley & Me (Available on DVD)
Packed with playful special features, including tons of deleted scenes, irresistible featurettes, Marley & Me is a satisfying treat for the whole family! Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson unleash huge laughs as John and Jenny Grogan, a young couple contemplating the decision to have a baby. Then came adorable Labrador pup who flunks obedience school and quickly turns his new home into a disaster area. But as mischievous Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of life and love, they ultimately realize that "the world's worst dog" truly brings out the best in them.

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