Petaluma is a city of about 58,000 people in Sonoma County, California. On August 1, 2012, a non-profit named Petaluma Animal Services Foundation (PASF) took over management of the city’s municipal shelter. PASF takes in strays and owner surrenders from the city.
In November 2012, PASF reported that it had been running at a 94% live release rate from the date of the takeover. An advocate in Sonoma County sent me a copy of statistics provided by the shelter director from August 1, 2012 through February 6, 2013. Those statistics show a 97% live release rate with an intake of 577 cats and dogs. During this time the shelter had 5 animals who died or were lost in shelter care, and euthanized 6 animals upon owner request. If those animals are included in the euthanasia total, the live release rate was 95%. Before PASF took over, the shelter reported an 83% live release rate to Maddie’s Fund in 2010 (scroll down to see the full-year report for Petaluma Animal Services). Thus, the increase in the live release rate to 97% was a significant improvement.
On August 9, 2013, a full year after PASF took over, Petaluma Animal Services reported on their Facebook page that they had achieved a 98% live release rate. This article in The Press Democrat on August 8, 2013, also reports the 98% live release rate.