San Francisco Animal Care & Control is an open admission shelter.  We accept ALL homeless, injured, orphaned, unwanted, lost, abandoned and mistreated animals, including companion animals, farm animals, exotic animals and native wildlife—every animal brought to our door is welcome, regardless of temperament or medical condition.

We differ from many shelters that are limited admission, meaning that they only accept some of the homeless animals in their community and may refuse those animals that may be difficult to place. Limited admission shelters sometimes do euthanize an animal if it becomes unadoptable for medical or behavioral reasons.

ACC will euthanize when an animal requires medical treatment beyond our ability to provide or when an animal has unmanageable behavior that presents a safety concern to potential adopters or to the community.  As an open admission shelter, we do not identify ourselves as “no kill” because we believe the term can be misleading.  In every community there are a number of pets (approx. 25% of the pet population in any community) that will not be candidates for rehoming due to major medical issues or aggression. Shelters that identify themselves as “no-kill” are shifting the euthanasia of animals in their community to another entity by selecting the pets they admit.

Our high release rate (calculated based on the number of the animals entering the shelter alive that leave shelter alive) is 90%, which is significantly higher than the national average of ~35%. This success is due in large part to a devoted staff and the ongoing support of our rescue groups that improve our success rate by finding suitable temporary and/or permanent homes for every pet possible. Hundreds of volunteers work with us to socialize animals in the shelter,  reunite lost pets with their owners/guardians, and to assist individuals looking to add a new family member.

Live Release Rate Tables—FY 2006-2007 through FY 2015-2016

 

Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2558 2279 298 89%
Cats 2266 2063 209 91%
Others 2670 1733 900 65%
Total 7494 6075 1407 81%
Dogs & Cats 89%

 

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2690 2341 314 88%
Cats 2426 2240 197 92%
Others 859 756 183 79%
Wild 1863 910 865 54%
Total 7838 6247 1559 80%
Dogs & Cats 90%

 

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs  2615  2288  320 88%
Cats 2289  2092  242 89%
Others 799  631  119 85%
Wild  1644  770  796 52%
Total  7347   5781   1477  80%
Dogs & Cats  89%

 

Fiscal Year 2012-2013

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs  2879  2427  449 84%
Cats  2580 2293  293 89%
Others 941 777  172 82%
Wild  1665 773  862 48%
Total  8065  6270  1776 78%
Dogs & Cats  86%

 

Fiscal Year 2011-2012

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2632  2085  569  78%
Cats 2690  2423  356   87%
Others 726 616  135   81%
Wild 1452  611  830  43%
Total  7500  5735  1890  75%
Dogs & Cats  83%

 

Fiscal Year 2010-2011

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2424 1907 481 80%
Cats 3158 2709 493 84%
Others 1049 730 314 70%
Total 8005 5934 2068 74%

 

Fiscal Year 2009-2010

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2295 1931 335 85%
Cats 3247 2898 498 85%
Others 2730 1591 1167 57%
Total 8272 6420 2000 76%

 

Fiscal Year 2008-2009

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2161 1821 344 84%
Cats 4217 3514 541 87%
Others 1149 917 190 83%
Wildlife 1643 695 949 42%
Total 9170 6947 2024 78%

 

Fiscal Year 2007-2008[2]

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 1939 1618 308 84%
Cats 3827 3234 589 85%
Others 2090 1061 839 60%
Wildlife 667 535 302 55%
Total 8523 6448 2038 76%

 

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[1] Due to a software glitch, “Other” companion animals are currently merged with “Wildlife” — this table will be updated
[2] SF/ACC began separating “Other” companion animals from “Wildlife” in February 2008.
Fiscal Year 2006-2007

Animal Type Animals In Animals Out Euthanized Live Release Rate (LRR)
Dogs 2069 1641 442 79%
Cats 4315 3557 769 82%
Others 2742 1420 1350 51%
Total 9126 6619 2561 72%