Program Results

As a leader in animal welfare, we are always focused on how we can make the biggest impact to ensure positive outcomes for pets. In 2021, we turned that focus to taking in more complex medical and behavioral cases—a challenge we are uniquely positioned to take. Thanks to our diagnostic and medical capacity, we are transferring in more dogs and cats from our partner shelters and providing the expert, lifesaving care they need. Our live release rate (LRR) reflects this shift, and it is representative of the incredible success we are achieving in collaboration with our partner shelters in San Francisco and the Central Valley.

Much has changed since the SF SPCA was founded in 1868, but San Francisco continues to be at the forefront of animal welfare. We want to acknowledge the unwavering support of the San Francisco community & our partnership with San Francisco Animal Care & Control – without these, our successes would not be possible.

Each year, the SF SPCA’s programs and services reach 250,000 people, which is nearly one-third of the population of San Francisco. We are a local, independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with any national organizations, so it is thanks to you that we can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of animals in San Francisco and beyond.

Asilomar Accords and Partnership Reports

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, identify where we can improve, and determine how our resources are utilized. We invite you to review and celebrate our 2021 Asilomar Accords Annual Animal Statistics Report and our SF SPCA-SFACC Partnership Report. Questions or requests for clarification may be emailed to

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