San Francisco SPCA Celebrates Successful Five Year Partnership with Stockton Animal Services
Local nonprofit Animal Protection League will assume responsibility for the shelter on July 1, 2018
June 5, 2018 – Conditions at Stockton Animal Services (SAS) have improved dramatically during its five-year partnership with the San Francisco SPCA. In November 2012, the two shelters entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and the SF SPCA began temporarily assisting SAS. The intention was to improve shelter conditions, increase adoptions, and save as many lives as possible.
Thanks to the partnership, more than 40,000 animals have been saved! During the last five years, SAS’ Live Release Rate increased from 32 percent to 82 percent. Conditions at the shelter improved dramatically thanks to better cleaning and housing protocols, and the spread of disease declined significantly.
“We entered into this partnership to save animals and decrease suffering,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “The partnership has been wildly successful. SAS has undergone a compete transformation and we’ve seen improvements across the board. It’s also important to recognize what a vital role the Stockton community has played in the shelter’s recent success. Stockton residents have stepped up to adopt, volunteer, and donate.”
On July 1, 2018, Animal Protection League (APL) will assume responsibility for the shelter. APL is a local nonprofit in Stockton dedicated to supporting SAS. The Stockton City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Stockton government and APL on May 15, 2018.
“We want to take what we’ve learned in Stockton and help other shelters in need,” explained Dr. Scarlett. “We hope that our work with SAS can serve as a model for other partnerships across the nation.”
To learn more about the SF SPCA’s lifesaving work, visit sfspca.org
About the San Francisco SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.
For more information, call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.