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 2011, the SF SPCA’s Live Release Rate was 97 percent. Combined with the SF ACC, 86 percent of the animals entering San Francisco shelters were saved in 2011. Our Live Release percentages reflect one of the highest of any individual agency and any city of our size in the U.S. They 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 2011 Asilomar Accords Report and our SF SPCA-SFACC Partnership Report. Questions or requests for clarification may be emailed to publicinformation@SFSPCA.org .
Our major transfer partners in 2011
Animal Friends Rescue Project, Calavaras SPCA Rescue, County of Santa Barbara Animal Services, Fix Our Ferals, Hayward Animal Services, Kern County Animal Control, Madera County Animal Services, Merced County Animal Services, Milo Foundation, Monterey County, Oakland Animal Services, Sacramento SPCA, San Jose Animal Services, Santa Clara County Animal Care and Control, Shasta County Animal Shelter, Sonoma Humane Society, Stainslaus County Animal Services, Stockton Animal Shelter, The Dog Spot, Yolo County SPCA