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Our History

Our Founders

Pets Unlimited was born from the selfless acts of a trio of heroines in 1940’s San Francisco. When a scruffy, stray dog wandered into the yard of Mrs. Carter H. Downing, she did what any good citizen would do. She took the dog to the city pound. But she soon learned that the dog’s chances for survival were slim. Wayward pets were euthanized after only a few days unless adopted quickly.

Mrs. Downing decided to take the dog back home with her. Then she did more – she also took all the other dogs at the pound! Along with two other civic leaders, she quickly began her own impromptu adoption service, which proved amazingly successful at finding loving homes for animals in need.

Mrs. Carter H. DowningMrs. Carter H. Downing with pet ambulance

65 Years of Service

More than 65 years later, this commitment to charity and caring has grown into Pets Unlimited, San Francisco’s premiere veterinary provider, where a portion of every dollar spent in our Veterinary Center supports extended shelter services, a foster family program, volunteer opportunities and community educational services, both on and off-site.  Since inception, the organization has been instrumental in saving the lives of more than 250,000 animals.

Visit us in San Francisco to learn even more about our history and sincere dedication to our community, as well as our plans to continue serving our mission for years to come.

Who We Are

Pets Unlimited is a 24-hour Veterinary Center where a portion of every dollar you spend on the care of your pets helps support our charitable veterinary care programs and our Shelter and Adoption Center.

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Every Day
Main: (415) 563-6700
Fax: (415) 775-2573
Pharmacy: (415) 568-3016

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