City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM0106220
Animal Care Services Closes Out Decade with Highest Save Rate for Cats and Dogs with Compassion Saves Approach
Euthanasia Sees Dramatic Decrease and Adoptions Are Way Up
Staycee Dains
Animal Care Services Bureau Manager
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) continues to see positive results with its Compassion Saves approach, which it instituted in 2019. The bureau’s efforts have resulted in a sharp decrease in euthanasia, a spike in adoptions and an 88% save rate for cats and dogs combined. That save rate is the highest it has been in the last decade.

“Our Animal Care Services team and our amazing volunteers and rescue groups are doing an incredible job using compassion, data and a network of supporters to get more animals into homes and save lives,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

  • ACS continues to accomplish positive results for shelter animals:
  • Live release for cats and dogs combined went from 79% in 2018 to 88% in 2019; this is well over double the percentage from 2010.
  • Despite an increase in kitten intakes across the country, Long Beach continues to accomplish low combined dog and cat admissions, with thousands less annually than at the start of last decade.
  • Total euthanasia was reduced by 33% in 2019 from the year prior; nearly 5,000 less dogs and cats are being euthanized annually than in 2010.
  • Adoption numbers for the ACS-operated shelter spiked with a 45% increase, with 995 in 2019 compared to 686 in 2018.

The Compassion Saves approach creates more opportunities to work closely with community members with the intent to save every healthy and treatable animal. With this approach, Animal Care Services has expanded opportunities for experienced volunteers to include work with animals that need specialized training or behavior modification. The City is now better equipped to match animals who need more specialized care with programs and resources to fit their needs.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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About Long Beach Animal Care Services
The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. ACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in the Cities of Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Signal Hill.

Visit Animal Care Services at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village (Village) to adopt, volunteer, donate, license your pet or obtain resources regarding low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics throughout the City. ACS is located at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The Village is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. For more information, please visit