Our Live Release Rates


Live Release Rate = Total Live Outcomes (Adopted + Returned to Owners + Returned to Field + Released to Rescue) / Total Outcomes (Adopted + Returned to Owners + Returned to Field + Released to Rescue + Euthanized + Died in Care + Other)

The Humane Society of Yuma is very excited about the progress that has been made in the past 10 years here at the shelter and in Yuma County.  When we first entered the shelter we had a live release rate of 17% with our cat population, we are currently seeing a 75% live release rate.  For dogs we have gone from a 63% live release rate to 94%!!!! We believe the results above are attributed to many factors to include:

  • Spay/neuter services.
  • Increasing return to owner compliance through microchips and licensing.
  • Our wonderful volunteers and community members who are proactive with posting pictures and helping the staff match lost animals with animals that have entered the shelter.
  • Rescue organizations across the state that have chosen our organization to work with.
  • Our community’s support of the Humane Society of Yuma in the form of donations and adoptions.

"No-Kill Status"

According to Best Friends Animal Society (who is leading the “no-kill” movement in the animal welfare industry), achieving a "no-kill" status means that 90% or more of the animals who have entered the shelter have been released alive.  As you can see by our statistics, HSOY has maintained this status for TWO full years with our canine population.   Although we have much more work to do with the cats that enter into our care, we have made huge strides in moving towards the "no-kill" status with cats as well.

"HSOY'S Unique Challenges"

  • The Humane Society of Yuma is the one and only animal shelter in Yuma County. Servicing over 5,500 square miles of Arizona’s Southwest border.
  • The Humane Society of Yuma is an open admissions contracted with the following entities
    • City of Yuma
    • Yuma County
    • City of Somerton
    • City of San Luis
    • City of Wellton
    • City of Tacna
    • MCAS
    • Quechan Indian Tribe
    • Cocopah Indian Tribe
  • Over 8,600 animals enter the Humane Society of Yuma every year.

What makes HSOY unique is that we are the only animal shelter in Yuma County and we are an open admissions shelter.  We take all of the sick, injured, lost and unwanted animals to include feral or community cats; never is a domesticated pet turned away.  Traditionally, "no-kill" was only seen in shelters that limited, or managed their admissions, or shelters that only allowed a certain number of animals depending on whether or not that pets adoptability was high.  Animals that were less desirable were turned away, forcing those animals into open admissions shelters.  

Achieving a “no-kill” status as Yuma County is within reach and you can help make it possible. Our numbers for Yuma County proves that we CAN become a "no-kill" community; Yuma CAN set the standards in animal welfare, and YUMA COUNTY CAN MAKE ANIMAL WELFARE HISTORY.

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