Statistics

Measurement of Success

At the San Francisco SPCA we look at every changed life as a measure of our success: the injured homeless animal who pulls through surgery, the orphaned kitten who gains a pound, the joyous family walking out the door with their new lifelong companion. We know our work – and the collaboration of our staff, volunteers, donors and adoptors – results in positive change every day. When combined, these incremental changes and individual efforts make the SF SPCA a leader in animal welfare.

As a limited-admission shelter, the SF SPCA receives animals from three sources. First, we accept animals from San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SFACC). We also accept animals directly from the public and provide our adopted animals with a lifelong lifeline back to us should the need arise. Finally, we respond to the requests of other, underserved shelters throughout Northern California who, simply due to overcrowding, are otherwise forced to euthanize adoptable animals.

In order to accurately track each animal and our progress, the SF SPCA utilizes the Asilomar Accords, a nationally recognized system that categorizes the medical and behavioral conditions of shelter animals. The Accords enable us to determine our Live Release Rate, indentify where we can improve, and determine how our resources are utilized.

We are proud to report that in 2013, the live release rate for the entire city of San Francisco increased from 87% the year before to 91%! No other major city has ever saved more than 90% of its homeless animals, and it's a goal that San Francisco has been working toward for many years. As one of the most progressively humane cities in the world, we're once again paving the way for other areas to achieve similar lifesaving results. These results reflect the determination of that one pound kitten, the skill of our surgeons healing an injured dog, and the generosity of families who choose to adopt and help us save lives.

We invite you to review and celebrate our 2013 Asilomar Accords Report and our SF SPCA-SFACC Partnership Report. Questions or requests for clarification may be emailed to publicinformation@sfspca.org.


Previous Years

SF SPCA 2012 Annual Animal Statistics (26 KB, Adobe PDF) and 2012 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report (Preliminary) (24 KB, Adobe PDF)

SF SPCA 2011 Annual Animal Statistics (28 KB, Adobe PDF) and 2011 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report (24 KB, Adobe PDF)

SF SPCA 2010 Annual Animal Statistics (12 KB, Adobe PDF) and 2010 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report (10 KB, Adobe PDF)

SF SPCA 2009 Annual Animal Statistics (11 KB, Adobe PDF) and 2009 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report (11 KB, Adobe PDF)

SF/SPCA 2008 Annual Animal Statistics (11 KB, Adobe PDF) and 2008 SF/SPCA & ACC Partnership Report (10 KB, Adobe PDF)

SF SPCA 2007 Annual Animal Statistics (35 KB, Adobe PDF) and 2007 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report (13 KB, Adobe PDF)