Albemarle County, VA

Charlottesville is an independent city within Albemarle County in Virginia, located near the Shenandoah National Park. The combined population of the city and county is about 118,000 people, not counting non-resident students who attend the University of Virginia. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (CASPCA) is a private non-profit that contracts with the city and the county for animal sheltering services.

The shelter takes in strays and owner surrenders. It has a pet retention program to reduce the number of owner surrenders, and requires an appointment and a fee to surrender a pet. The shelter does not guarantee acceptance of an owner surrender if the animal has a major medical or behavior issue.

CASPCA posts its statistics on its website. It had a 90% live release rate in 2006 and has had a 90% or better live release rate each year since 2009. In 2011, the shelter’s live release rate was 93%. The live release rate for 2012 was 94%, with an intake of 3569 dogs and cats. If we include the categories of owner requested euthanasia (ORE) and died or lost in shelter care in with euthanasias, the shelter’s 2012 live release rate was 92%. This is the same as 2011, when the calculation including ORE and died/lost was 92%.

For 2013 the shelter reported an intake of 3679 cats and dogs. This is an intake of approximately 31 per 1000 people. The live release rate was 96%. The shelter did not report any owner-requested euthanasias. If animals who died or were lost in shelter care are included with euthanasias, the live release rate was 94%.

The director who first took CASPCA to a 90% or better live release rate, Susanne Kogut, resigned in June of 2012. Leslie Hervey was selected as the new executive director in the summer of 2013. Hervey was formerly the executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA in Virginia.

Albemarle County, Virginia, was originally listed by this blog on April 15, 2013, based on its 2012 statistics. This post is a revision and update with 2013 statistics.