Dear Friends of the SF SPCA,
Can we take the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in America and make it even lower? This was the challenge we gave ourselves for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. We expanded nearly every program at the Society and aggressively targeted services to communities in need. The result? Euthanasia of dogs and cats is down a whopping 16% city-wide. These results are simply incredible and they show the power of our life-saving programs when they are well-managed and funded. Below are some highlights.
The SF SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic set a record by completing nearly 11,000 surgeries, the highest number of spay/neuter procedures we’ve ever completed in a single year. Free pit bull spay/neuters accounted for 645 of those operations, up 56% over the last two years. Free Chihuahua spay/neuters, which were available during our spring promotion, nearly doubled from the prior year. Our feral cat spays/neuters also grew, and in turn the number of cats entering the San Francisco shelter system continued to decline.
Unaffordable veterinary care should never be a reason for surrender. $4.62 million in charitable care was provided at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital, which is nearly half a million more than the year prior. At the same time, we saw nearly 12% more clients. In total, approximately 16,000 animals were examined at our hospital last year.
In an effort to expand our services in underserved neighborhoods, our Community Cares Program doubled their Mobile Vaccine Clinics from monthly to bi-weekly. We provided 24% more vaccines (totaling nearly 2,000) to animals who might not have access to veterinary care otherwise, and we reached 17% more clients. Targeted free spay/neuter at the clinics resulted in a 58% increase in surgeries.
Our Behavior and Training Department increased the number of animals they helped through training classes, from approximately 2,100 to more than 2,300. Behavioral problems are the most common reasons given for surrendering an animal. We strongly believe that by offering more training and behavior resources, we'll be able to keep more pets where they belong: with their families.
Our Adoptions team found loving homes for more than 5,000 cats and dogs – the most adoptions in our 145-year history and a 10% increase over the prior year! We continued to stretch ourselves, taking in more shy and behaviorally-challenged animals and getting them the training and conditioning they need. More than 3,000 cats and nearly 2,000 dogs are now in their forever homes.
Underage, sick, behaviorally challenged and terminally ill animals received even more help through our Foster Program. Our dedicated team of Foster volunteers opened their hearts and homes to over 1,400 animals.
During the last year our Humane Education Department impacted the lives of more than 4,500 students. They continued to educate the next generation of animal advocates by enhancing compassion and respect, while encouraging them to help and protect animals throughout our community.
Animal Assisted Therapy expanded as well. Volunteer teams visited 154 sites in San Francisco, providing healing and motivation to those facing mental, physical, or emotional challenges. Throughout the year, volunteer teams visited nearly 80,000 people throughout the city.
As you can see, it truly has been an incredible, record-breaking year for the SF SPCA. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts to grow, expand, and help even more animals while supporting the San Francisco community. It is only because of your support that these accomplishments were possible.
We are one step closer towards our goal of ending animal abandonment and are looking forward to another incredible year!