SOURCE: San Francisco SPCA

October 04, 2005 16:44 ET

The San Francisco SPCA Announces $13 Million Gift to Help Fund New Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center

Gift Provides Foundational Funding of $32 Million Project

Largest Gift in History of The SF/SPCA Launches Capital Campaign to Complete Fundraising

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 4, 2005 -- Daniel Crain, President of The San Francisco SPCA (SF/SPCA) today announced that the organization received a $13 million gift which provides the foundational funding for The SF/SPCA to construct a new $32 million animal care facility in San Francisco. The new center, to be named "The Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center," is a gift from the late Mrs. Roberts, a member of The SF/SPCA Board of Directors for 15 years from 1988 to 2003. This gift, together with other gifts given by the Roberts Family, constitutes the largest single gift in the history of The SF/SPCA. The announcement was made on the day of the Feast of St. Francis (Patron Saint of Animals), and also, coincidentally, the birthday of the late Leanne B. Roberts.

Groundbreaking for the Center takes place in early 2006, with completion scheduled for 2007. The approximately 60,000-square foot facility, designed by award-winning Rauhaus Freedenfeld & Associates in joint venture with Forum Design, will be located in an existing building adjacent to The SF/SPCA between Florida and Alabama Streets.

"The SF/SPCA is profoundly grateful for this extraordinary gift," Mr. Crain said, "The Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center will substantially advance The SF/SPCA's capacity to provide the best life possible for every dog and cat. The new care center with state-of-the art technology and facilities is needed to provide care for the 25,000 animals that come through our facility each year. The Center will be a tribute to Mrs. Robert's deep love for animals, as well as her vision and unwavering support for this organization and its lifesaving mission."

The Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center answers a growing demand for the most advanced and comprehensive veterinary specialties and services. Through a referral service, it will make specialty veterinary care, including diagnostic and treatment options available for the approximately one-third of all veterinary patients that need specialists.

The Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center will provide:

--  Updated, state-of-the-art facilities for The SF/SPCA Community
    Veterinary Hospital and Spay/Neuter Clinic
    
--  A referral service to a local preeminent specialty veterinary group
    with practices in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology,
    radiology, medical and radiation oncology, neurology and cardiology
    
--  Diagnostic imaging services, including oncology and radio advanced
    imaging
    
--  Ancillary services, including ambulance service
    
--  Continuing education programs for veterinarians and support staff
    
--  Seminars in related veterinary fields
    
"My sister, brother, father and I -- in honor of Leanne Roberts -- all are thrilled to provide the impetus for this major new veterinary care facility in San Francisco," said Eric Roberts, spokesperson for the Roberts Family and current SF/SPCA board member. "She loved The SF/SPCA and supported its mission through her many years of dedicated service to the organization. Animals in need throughout the San Francisco area now will have the most up-to-date veterinary care and referral service possible. We are delighted to partner with The SF/SPCA and invite the Bay Area to join us in supporting this exemplary project."

The gift provides the key funding for the Center's capital campaign, but additional gifts are needed to complete the $32 million campaign. Those interested in making a contribution can visit www.sfspca.org.

Rauhaus Freedenfeld & Associates (rfa) is the result of a merger of two highly respected architectural firms, Rauhaus Architects on the West Coast and Warren Freedenfeld & Associates on the East Coast. Although the merger occurred in August of 2005, the origins of the two firms date back to 1984 and 1973 respectively. Richard Rauh, AIA, and Warren Freedenfeld, AIA, both renowned architects, have won numerous animal care design awards. Richard is well known for striking contemporary architecture. Warren is well-known, nationally and internationally, for outstanding contextual architecture. By combining the experience, talents and expertise of the East Coast and West Coast offices, rfa provides the animal care profession with the finest architectural services available.

About The SF/SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs and cats, to providing lifesaving care and treatment to dogs and cats in need, to helping pets stay in loving homes, and to cultivating respect and awareness for the rights and needs of animals. Founded in 1868, The SF/SPCA is a national leader in saving lives and raising the status of companion animals. To make a donation or for more information visit www.sfspca.org.

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