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 2017-2018
Fiscal Year 2017-2018
Fiscal Year 2016-2017
Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Fiscal Year 2014-2015
Fiscal Year 2013-2014
Fiscal Year 2012-2013
Fiscal Year 2011-2012
Fiscal Year 2010-2011
Fiscal Year 2009-2010
Fiscal Year 2008-2009
Fiscal Year 2007-2008
 Due to a software glitch, “Other” companion animals are currently merged with “Wildlife” — this table will be updated
 SF/ACC began separating “Other” companion animals from “Wildlife” in February 2008.
|Fiscal Year 2006-2007