The city’s Animal Welfare Department this week announced that its two animal shelters have a “save rate” of just over 90%, earning the facilities a “no-kill” status.
The save rate is the annual percentage of total intakes minus shelter-related deaths, which include both euthanized animals and animals that died in the care of shelters, Animal Welfare Department Director Danny Nevarez said Tuesday.
Euthanasia was reduced 10.2% in fiscal year 2019 over the previous year, and the number of animals that died while in the care of city shelters was reduced 15.9%. “Reclaims” were up by 8%. Reclaims are counted when a lost animal is reclaimed at a shelter, as well as when and animal is located through its microchip.