Since our inception on July 1, 2001, we here at SVACA have always strived to deliver top notch and progressive services to our community and its animals. Before we opened the doors to our cageless Animal Care Center on November 14, 2006, we were determined to operate a premier center and thus far have accomplished a great deal.
SVACA's Animal Care Center is "open door" which means we receive all stray animals that come our way whether they are aggressive, feral, sick or injured. Yet, from day one, we set the lofty and, according to some, unachievable goal to ensure that all of our healthy animals find new homes. In 2006, 2007, and 2008, we saved all of our healthy animals. In 2009, 2010, and 2011 we not only saved all of our healthy animals, but all treatable animals as well.
In 2012, we saved all healthy and treatable animals as well as many of our unhealthy and untreatable animals which resulted in a 4% increase in our overall live release rate. We had set out to save at least 85% in 2012, but exceeded our goal by saving 87% of all animals. 92% of dogs, 84% of cats, and 93% of 'other' animals (rabbits, hamsters, birds, reptiles, etc.) were saved.
Our goal for 2013 is to increase our overall live release rate to 90%, but we need your help. There is still a tremendous amount of work for us to do and we cannot do it alone. We rely on our volunteers, foster parents and donors to help us help the animals. We also rely on our placement partners such as those who are a part of We C.A.R.E, a coalition of animal shelters and rescue groups who are working together to reduce euthanasia in Santa Clara County. Other important partners who have been instrumental in our feral freedom program are Town Cats and Peninsula Fix Our Ferals, and the ASPCA. Please browse our web site to find out what you can do to be a part of the solution from having your animal altered at our low cost clinic, to volunteering, to being a foster parent, to donating to our Animal Assistance Fund to help give animals a second chance.
SVACA reports our statistics on our web site because we believe in transparency and being an open agency. The collection and publication of this data is sponsored by Maddie's Fund. SVACA has received a grant from Maddie’s Fund which is used to cover the operating expenses associated with our low cost spay and neuter program. The statistics are reported via the Asilomar Accords which were developed by a group of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation "...for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships and creating goals focused on significantly reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in the United States." Please visit the Asilomar Accords web site to gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics and to find out what you can do to help the animals of our community.