Are you wondering how you can make a real difference for pet owners who are experiencing homelessness? Are you an animal lover? The Full Belly Bus mobile pet care team is committed to supporting pet owners who are working to prevent and end their homelessness with the help of San Francisco's Navigation Centers.
FBB provides FREE: licensed veterinary care, certified animal behavior training, pet food, as well as supplies like leashes, collars, harnesses and pet coats to unhoused people with companion dogs and cats. Our primary goal is to help people to keep their pets.
Since the first Navigation Center opened in 2015, the Full Belly Bus approach has proven successful in improving the well-being of pets, and in turn the well-being of their owners who are able to keep their beloved and bonded animal companions.
Our animal welfare experts offer care without conditions and help without judgement. In serving as advocates for pet owners who are residentially challenged, FBB helps make a dramatic reduction in the number of cats and dogs entering San Francisco’s animal shelters; enhances the quality of life for transitionally-housed animals; and supports pet owners of every age, race, gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation.
In response to large gaps in services available to SF pet owners in-need, FBB has three programs in addition to our Navigation Centers program. In partnership with the St. Anthony Foundation, FBB conducts monthly pet assistance parties in SF’s Tenderloin neighborhood called Full Belly Mondays! FBB provides pet food and supplies to SF human shelters that allow pets, via our Mobile Pet Food Pantries. And, has established an emergency veterinary care grant program called The Sugar Fund.
If you’d like to help us in our mission, please click on the donation button above or below. And thank you!
If you need FBB’s help, please visit the individual program links above.
We’re here for you and your pets!
Full Belly Bus is an all-volunteer, charitable 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization #83-1459701
With over 40 years of combined professional experience, the highly credentialed dream team trio of Corinne Dowling, Paul Ellis & Paula Benton provide: force-free, science-based, positive reinforcement-focused training and management help. Our combined training toolbox is bottomless!
Veterinary rock stars Dr. Julio Bolivar-Dillon and Vet Assistant Marisa Plaice provide free wellness exams that include vaccinations (DHLPP, Rabies, Bordetella), microchipping, flee & tick prevention, nail trimming, treatment of minor skin, eye & ear problems and spay/neutering help.
Education is key! We are committed, in our educational offerings, to dispelling common and often harmful pet care myths. We provide up-to-date animal health and behavior help as well as humane management equipment and pet supplies. The end result? Trusting relationships without fearful pets.
Our commitment to community is created one relationship at a time, free of judgement, respectful of timing. Our deeply caring volunteers treat people and their companion animals with dignity and understand a pet's home is with a loving person.
In 2019, Full Belly Bus began providing pet food pantries in the 400-bed Next Door Shelter, 300-bed Sanctuary Shelter and the SF VA Downtown Clinic as a way to assist people struggling to feed their pets. People need not go hungry to feed their pets.
We are the Village! Please join us in advocating for people struggling to keep their pets, while working to end their homelessness. Navigation Center guests love and cherish their pets exactly as you cherish yours.
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help people keep their pets.
Together, we can make a difference.
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