The numbers have been crunched, and in 2017, the live release rate (LRR) for the entire city of San Francisco remained at 93 percent, which is one of the highest for any major American city! As a leader in animal welfare, we continue to pave the way for other cities to achieve similar results.

As the founder of the No-Kill movement in 1994, the SF SPCA has advocated for robust spay/neuter and surrender prevention programs and it is paying off -- we are seeing a reduction in intake and euthanasia nationwide and LRRs across the country are improving. Much has changed since the SF SPCA was founded in 1868, but San Francisco continues to be at the forefront of animal welfare. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2018, we want to acknowledge the unwavering support of the San Francisco community – without it, 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 2017 Asilomar Accords Annual Animal Statistics Report and our SF SPCA-SFACC Partnership Report. Questions or requests for clarification may be emailed to

Previous Years

SF SPCA 2016 Annual Animal Statistics and 2016 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report

SF SPCA 2015 Annual Animal Statistics and 2015 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2014 Annual Animal Statistics and 2014 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2013 Annual Animal Statistics and 2013 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2012 Annual Animal Statistics and 2012 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2011 Annual Animal Statistics and 2011 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2010 Annual Animal Statistics and 2010 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2009 Annual Animal Statistics and 2009 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2008 Annual Animal Statistics and 2008 SF/SPCA & ACC Partnership Report 

SF SPCA 2007 Annual Animal Statistics and 2007 SF SPCA & ACC Partnership Report


The collection and publication of this data are sponsored by Maddie's Fund®. Learn more at #ThanksToMaddie


For more general information and statistics that illustrate the results of our programs, please download our most recent annual report.