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.


Veterinary Hospital

$5.0M in charitable care for owned and homeless animals — a 9% increase over last year and a new record for the SF SPCA.

Animal Rescue

The citywide live release rate was 93% in 2017 — one of the highest rate for any major city in America.


The number of adoption increased 2% over last year and 5,242 animals found their forever homes.

Foster Program

To help socialize and nurture animals before they are adopted, our volunteers fostered 1,537 animals, including many terminally ill animals that are given the opportunity to live out their lives in a loving home because of our innovative Fospice (foster-hospice) program.

Animal Assisted Therapy

110,000 people visited by therapy animals -- a new record for the SF SPCA.

Humane Education

8,332 children participated in our Humane Education programs — a 5.9% increase over last year and a good sign that San Francisco has a new generation of animal advocates.

Community cats

865 feral and free-roaming cats spayed/neutered. The decline in recent years shows that our program is working – as more cats are spayed/neutered, we will gradually see a decline in population.


7,796 surgeries performed, and 81% of the surgeries for public clients were free or deeply discounted.

Community Cares Mobile Vaccine Clinics

2,423 animals from low-income communities received free or low-cost veterinary services at our bi-monthly Mobile Vaccine Clinics. Many of the animals who visit our clinics would otherwise go without care.

Behavior & Training

5,245 pets and people were helped through our Behavior & Training department. “Behavioral problems” continues to be the most common reason why animals are surrendered, so these programs get to the root of the issue and help keep animals in their homes.

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, indentify where we can improve, and determine how our resources are utilized. We invite you to review and celebrate our 2016 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 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 is 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.