Animal Welfare Statistics
In August 2004, a summit of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation convened at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships, agreeing on common definitions and gathering statistics in a standardized format. The statistical guidelines developed from the spirit and vision of this meeting came to be known as the Asilomar Accords.
The Asilomar Accords serve as an important tool in consistently tracking the progress of reducing or eliminating the euthanasia of healthy or treatable companion animals in shelters across the United States. All member organizations of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition (SDAWC), including San Diego Humane Society, utilize the definitions prescribed by these Accords.