San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
the incident which led to the formation of
The San Francisco
Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals
on April 8, 1868
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Charity & Public Work • Notable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1914.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on November 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,007 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.