Changing of the animal guard at Fort Mason, San Francisco
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2005:
SAN FRANCISCO–A July 31 grand opening marked the transfer of
the former Fund for Animals office in San Francisco to Animal
Switchboard, still under direction of Virginia Handley and her
assistant Elizabeth Keller.
The office was closed on May 1, after the Fund merged into
the Humane Society of the U.S. at the beginning of 2005, but was
retained by Animal Switchboard with the encouragement of PawPAC,
Action for Animals, Vigil for Animals, and the Animal Welfare
Animal Switchboard was begun in 1970 by Handley’s mother,
Grace Handley, assisted by Virginia and longtime Animal Welfare
Association volunteer Gloria Chavarria. Together they shared advice
about animal-related problems and referred callers to appropriate
veterinary and humane services. While Virginia Handley went on to
work for the Fund, Grace Handley continued Animal Switchboard for
more than 20 years. Chavarria kept it going after she died.
Contact: Animal Switchboard, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
94123; 415-474-4021; <www.animalswitchboard.org>.