Animal Statistics Tables

Our Animal Statistics Tables are based on a reporting system that follows the Asilomar Accords.
The Asilomar Accords outline principles that guide animal welfare organizations to work together to save the lives of all healthy and treatable companion animals. The document aims to cut through the rhetoric of "no kill" vs. "limited admission" vs. "open admission" shelters and to dispel the murkiness of what defines an adoptable animal. By utilizing a standard language for their statistics, shelters and their supporters are able to easily and clearly track progress both at a specific shelter and across shelters nationwide.

How Can I Understand the Statistics?
Euthanasia statistics are represented in four categories: healthy, treatable/rehabilitatable, treatable/manageable, and unhealthy/untreatable. Definitions of these categories are available at These clear definitions allow our community to understand the euthanasia statistics for their local animal welfare organizations without the confusion of unclear or unethical reporting.

What is Live Release Rate?
The Live Release Rate is perhaps the most compelling of the statistics. The Live Release Rate reveals the percentage of animals that leave the shelter alive regardless of their health or behavior status. This measurement eliminates any subjective definition of the word "adoptable".

2014 Animal Statistics
2013 Animal Statistics
2012 Animal Statistics

2011 Animal Statistics
2010 Animal Statistics
2009 Animal Statistics
2008 Animal Statistics

MADDIE's Treatable Assistance Program

The East Bay SPCA is grateful to Maddie's Fund for providing financial support through its Treatable Assistance Program.

Maddie's Fund® announced a program for adoption guarantee organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties to support the adoptions of senior and/or medically treatable homeless dogs and cats originating from animal control shelters in those counties.

Maddie's® Treatable Assistance Program provides adoption stipends of $700 per adoption of medically treatable or senior dogs and cats transferred from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco County and $1,400 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats transferred from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco County. The program runs through December 31, 2013.

Maddie's Fund is piloting the subsidy program to give local shelters and rescues the means to find more homes for vulnerable shelter pets, strengthen the relationship between animal control shelters and adoption guarantee groups, and shift some of the burden of responsibility for these pets away from cash-strapped government agencies. So far, 19 organizations have enthusiastically signed on.

  • Maddie's® Treatable Assistance Program is for spayed and neutered dogs and cats only.
  • Government shelters and adoption guarantee organizations that contract with local governments to provide animal control services are not eligible to participate.
  • Senior is defined as 7 years of age or older.
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East Bay SPCA is a member of Maddie’s® Treatable Assistance Program