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<Headline>City of Long Beach Animal Care Services Continues Improving with Another Record Year in 2016</Headline>

City of Long Beach Animal Care Services Continues Improving with Another Record Year in 2016

Release Date: 2017-01-08

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) achieved another record year in 2016 with saving animals. The following year-end statistics show increasing progress being made at the animal shelter and are the best numbers ever reported:

  • Over 1100 fewer cats and dogs were impounded at the shelter in 2016, a 15% reduction compared to 2015. Additionally, impounds of cats and dogs has been reduced by nearly 38% since 2011, just five years ago. 
  • Euthanasia saw another steep decline with 717 fewer dogs and cats euthanized in 2016 compared to 2015. This represents a reduction of 27% for dogs and 31% for cats. 
  • Compared to five years ago in 2011, euthanasia for dogs and cats is down 70%, representing over 3850 fewer dogs and cats euthanized.
  • 2016 live release rates of over 85% for dogs and 62% for cats compared to only 83% for dogs and 54% for cats in 2015. The live release rate in 2011 was only 72% for dogs and 20% for cats.

View the Dog and Cat Impound Euthanization Numbers for 2005 to 2016.

The Live Release Rate is the percentage of animals that come to the shelter and leave with a positive outcome such as return to owner, adoption or transfer to a rescue organization.