The San Francisco SPCA is proud to be the birthplace of the no‐kill movement. We support this continued vision that there be an adoption guarantee for all healthy and treatable animals.
To be successful requires a community‐wide effort that centers on three critical areas. First, we must have accessible and affordable spay/neuter programs to prevent overpopulation. Second, we need visible and attractive adoption programs to find homeless animals a loving home. And finally, we need programs that keep animals in their homes, including access to affordable veterinary care. The SF SPCA is proud to be a leader in all three areas.
We remain a no‐kill facility and celebrate a 97% Live Release Rate in our shelter. We continue to look for ways to make the city even safer for our animals.
We recognize that the "no‐kill" label can be misleading. To us, it means an adoption guarantee for every healthy and treatable animal and the supporting programs to prevent animal homelessness. Today, to be transparent about our work, we report all our statistics in a standard format and have documented a matrix of how we classify animals as healthy, treatable and unhealthy/untreatable. We work within the definitions of the Asilomar Accords (a recognized industry standard) in an effort to be clear to the public about euthanasia.
Our vision of no‐kill goes beyond city boundaries and statistical milestones. We believe saving lives is not a competition amongst organizations but rather a charge to all of us to work together towards a no‐kill nation.