Rescue Program Results

A.R.F. believes that every life counts. As a no-kill animal rescue, we judge our success by the numbers of lives we save. Transparency is of the upmost importance to us, and as such we are publishing our annual rescue statistics visibly.

Our success metric is the Adoption Rate, which is a calculation based on the number of animals we receive, how many are adopted, and how many are euthanized or died while in our care. A.R.F. follows the Asilomar Accords methodology for calculating Adoption Rate, which they call Live Release Rate (LRR). A good guideline is that no-kill animal shelters or rescues have an Adoption Rate/LRR above 95.

A.R.F.’s overall Adoption Rate/LRR for 2019 was 99.7.

The Adoption Rate/LRR does not include 0 owner/guardian requested euthanasia which were unhealthy and untreatable and 31 dogs and cats that died or were lost in the shelter/care1.

Detailed Adoption Program Data

2019 Dog2019 Cat2019 Total
Pets Euthanized2202
Died in Care122931
Total Outcomes244501745
Adoption Rate/LRR99.110099.7


1 Died in care means a pet that has passed naturally or was humanely euthanized to end their suffering due to a non-survivable medical condition.

2 A.R.F.’s pet euthanasia guideline: Every pet that comes under A.R.F.’s care is valued and deserving of medical treatment. A.R.F. provides medical care for all pets regardless of their need. A.R.F. euthanizes pets only when they are suffering and there is no medical treatment that can heal or ease their pain, or when there is no way to rehabilitate extremely aggressive or dangerous behavior.