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The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
 
The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
1. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Marker
 
Inscription.
Near this site occurred
the incident which led to the formation of
The San Francisco
Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals

on April 8, 1868
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James Sloan Hutchinson, a pioneer banker witnessing nearby an act of cruelty to animals a condition all too common at that time, was aroused to put a stop to the offense. This also lead him to gather a number of leading citizens to form the first SPCA in the west and the fourth in the United States.


Presented by
The American Humane Association
in cooperation with the
California Historical Society
and the Wells Fargo Bank in recognition of
100 years of service on behalf of animals by
The SF SPCA
October 30, 1968

 
Erected 1968 by The American Humane Association.
 
Location. 37° 47.68′ N, 122° 24.137′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Clay Street and Leidesdorff Street on Clay Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
 
The San Francisco SPCA Marker - wide view Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
2. The San Francisco SPCA Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here on the building to the left of Leidesdorff Street.
 
within walking distance of this marker. Site of Ship Niantic (within shouting distance of this marker); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Italy (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Family" (within shouting distance of this marker); Bummer and Lazarus (within shouting distance of this marker); William Alexander Leidesdorff (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (about 300 feet away); Site of What Cheer House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the Clay Street side of the building on the corner of Clay and Leidesdorff. (For easy navigation - the marker site is across the street from the south side of the Transamerica Pyramid.)
 
Also see . . .  Our History. The SF SPCA's history: On a spring day in 1868 San Francisco banker James Sloan Hutchinson caught sight of two men dragging a terrified hog along the rough cobblestone street. Appalled, Hutchinson stepped in to stop the cruelty and rescue the hog. The incident crystallized Hutchinson's concern over widespread animal abuse, and he soon rallied 15 like-minded citizens to found The San Francisco SPCA.... (Submitted on July 25, 2010.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 988 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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