Since our inception on July 1, 2001, we here at SVACA have 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 including saving greater than 90% of our dogs and 'other' animals (rabbits, hamsters, birds, reptiles, etc.) since 2010.
SVACA's Animal Care Center is "open door" or "open admission" which means we receive all stray animals that come our way whether they are aggressive, feral, sick or injured. We also receive owner surrendered animals from our member agency cities. Yet, from day one, we have strived to save as many animals as possible. Due to the hard work of our staff and volunteers along with the support of our Board of Directors, we have steadily improved our live release rate.
In 2014, we achieved a 91% overall live release rate and saved all healthy and treatable animals. 93% of dogs, 90% of cats, and 96% of 'other' animals were saved. These figures meet how "no kill" shelters are often measured; all healthy and treatable animals or at least 90% saved.
The collection and publication of this data is sponsored by Maddie's Fund. SVACA has received grant funds from Maddie’s Fund which are used to save lives and assist with some expenses associated with our adoption 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."
Our goal for 2015 is to once again increase our overall live release rate, 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 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.