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.
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 set a lofty goal to ensure that all of our healthy animals find new homes. From 2006-08, we saved all of our healthy animals. In the years 2009-12, we not only saved all of our healthy animals, but all treatable animals as well.
In 2013, we once again saved all healthy and treatable animals as well as many of our unhealthy and untreatable animals and ended the year with an overall live release rate of 88%. 92% of dogs, 84% of cats, and 91% of 'other' animals (rabbits, hamsters, birds, reptiles, etc.) were saved.
SVACA reports our statistics here 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 grant funds from Maddie’s Fund which are used to save lives and assist with some 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."
Our goal for 2014 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.