Local nonprofit Animal Protection League will assume responsibility for the shelter on July 1, 2018

June 5, 2018 – Conditions at Stockton Animal Services (SAS) have improved dramatically during its five-year partnership with the San Francisco SPCA. In November 2012, the two shelters entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and the SF SPCA began temporarily assisting SAS. The intention was to improve shelter conditions, increase adoptions, and save as many lives as possible.

Thanks to the partnership, more than 40,000 animals have been saved! During the last five years, SAS’ Live Release Rate increased from 32 percent to 82 percent. Conditions at the shelter improved dramatically thanks to better cleaning and housing protocols, and the spread of disease declined significantly.

“We entered into this partnership to save animals and decrease suffering,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “The partnership has been wildly successful. SAS has undergone a compete transformation and we’ve seen improvements across the board. It’s also important to recognize what a vital role the Stockton community has played in the shelter’s recent success. Stockton residents have stepped up to adopt, volunteer, and donate.”

On July 1, 2018, Animal Protection League (APL) will assume responsibility for the shelter. APL is a local nonprofit in Stockton dedicated to supporting SAS. The Stockton City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Stockton government and APL on May 15, 2018.

“We want to take what we’ve learned in Stockton and help other shelters in need,” explained Dr. Scarlett. “We hope that our work with SAS can serve as a model for other partnerships across the nation.”

To learn more about the SF SPCA’s lifesaving work, visit sfspca.org