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Department of Health Services

Sonoma County Animal Services

Statistics and Reports

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Our community cares a great deal about animals, and many people are interested in better understanding the more than 3,000 animals who come through the doors of Sonoma County Animal Services each year.

We care for the neediest animals in our community: those who are injured, abused, neglected, surrendered by their owners for a variety of reasons, abandoned, and lost. The data posted at SoCoData provides real-time updates on animals coming into and leaving our shelter. If you need help navigating and finding the intake and outcome information at this site, please call our office for a brief tutorial.

If you are looking for information beyond what is available at SoCoData, contact us to submit a public records request. 

Live Release Rates July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

The Live Release Rate is the percentage of animals leaving the shelter alive. Live Release Rates are calculated using the formula: Total Live Outcomes = (Adoptions + Transfers + RTO)/(Total Outcomes).

Return to Owner (RTO) rates are calculated using the formula: Outcome RTO/(Confiscated + Stray + Transfer + Quarantine).


 Release Type Number of Dogs Release Rate 
 Adopted 284  19% 
 Returned to Owner  830 57% 
 Transferred to Another Organization  344  24%
 Totals 1458  100% 

Out of 1,615 dogs that came to our shelter, 90% were adopted, returned to owner or transferred.



 Release Type Number of Cats Release Rate 
Adopted 440 52%
Returned to Owner 107 13%
Transferred to Another Organization 304  36%
 Totals 851 100% 

Out of 1,302 cats that came to our shelter, 82% were adopted, returned to owner or transferred.

Intake and Outcome Summary July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Intakes are how our animals come to us. Outcomes are how animals left the shelter.

Data for previous years can be found on our archives page.

SCAS Intakes and Outcomes Report FY18-19

Intake Type Number of Dogs  Number of Cats 
 Born in shelter  15 13 
 Confiscated  206 13 
 Owner Surrender  121  201
 Returned Adoption  30  16
 Stray  1193  765
 Transferred In  7  15
 Quarantined  43  9
 Total Intakes  1,615  1,032
 Outcome Type Number of Dogs  Number of Cats 
 Adoptions 284  440 
Returned to Owner  830  107 
Transferred to Other Organization  344  304 
Humanely Euthanized  137  161 
Died in the Shelter  32 
Escaped or Stolen 
Total Outcomes  1601  1044