Whether they are housed at the shelter or in foster homes, or transferred to other rescues, all of our animals are given the second chances they deserve. Some may need more time than others to find homes as they recover from physical illnesses or become socialized with humans, and we are happy to give them all the help they need as they are prepared for adoptive homes. SVAS never euthanizes due to lack of space, but each year we do take in pets that have terminal illnesses, or have behavior/aggression challenges that make them unsuitable to be placed into an adoptive home. In those rare cases, they are humanely euthanized to end their suffering, or for public safety.
*Live Release is a term used to describe the placement of an animal in which the animal leaves the shelter’s care alive and well, either through adoption, transfer to another rescue, or returning to their owner’s care. Our live release is determined by taking the total intake, minus euthanasia/death at shelter, and dividing it by the total intake.