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SJBHS Livesaving Statistics

Every Outcome is Important

“Our shelter has committed to saving all savable pets entering our care. We do not euthanize healthy or treatable pets even at an owner’s request. We only euthanize a pet if:

  • A veterinarian has assessed that there is no chance of recovering an acceptable quality of life, or

  • It would be clearly inhumane or unsafe not to do so immediately, or

  • In cases of irremediable canine aggression when (1) a veterinarian has eliminated medical treatment as a solution; (2) rehabilitation by a specialist in canine behavior has failed; and (3) staff and public safety cannot be reasonably assured, or other management protocols seriously compromise quality of life.”

2019 Shelter Animals Count Report

SJBHS saved 445 animals since June 2019, with a 97.80% save rate. As of July 2019, we instated a "No Kill" policy.

"No Kill" status is achieved at 90%, accounting for animals for whom the most humane option is euthanasia. We never euthanize healthy or treatable pets or euthanize for space.  All animals that can be rehabilitated with medical or behavioral treatment within our means are treated.

Pets at SJBHS remain available for adoption as long as necessary (sometimes 1 year or more), and are never euthanized for space reasons. We partner with rescue organizations nationwide to ensure we are finding each pet the perfect home. We rely heavily on our enrichment program and foster team to ensure long-term shelter pets have as enriching a life as possible while in our care. Our ultimate goal is to place each pet in a loving home, perfectly suited for them.

The save rate, calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar Standard, reflects the many options for pets that come to the shelter besides adoption, such as animal transfers to accredited rescues and animals who are returned to their owner. 

The Annual Live Release Rate is calculated by dividing total live outcomes (adoptions, outgoing transfers, and return to owner/guardian) by total outcomes (total live outcomes plus euthanasia not including owner/guardian requested euthanasia or died/lost in shelter/care). 

Annual Live Release Rate = (I + J + K + L) / (T) * 100 = 97.8% 

The Annual Live Release Rate does not include 0 owner/guardian requested euthanasia which were unhealthy & untreatable [see Line R] and 5 dogs and cats that died or were lost in the shelter/care [see Line U]. 

See our Asilomar Accord Reporting Here

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