SoHumane 2019 Year in Review


  • 988 dogs came into our care.
  • 977 dogs went to loving homes.
  • 585 cats came into our care.
  • 536 cats went to loving homes.
  • Live Release Rate**: 99.99%
  • Increased Bully Breed and Senior Pet adoptions.

**A shelter’s “Live Release Rate” is the number of live outcomes divided by the number of total outcomes. SoHumane gives every animal in our care the time and support they need to find a loving home. However, because we take in some very vulnerable and sick cats and kittens—including newborn orphaned kittens—some of the cats in our care do pass away or are humanely euthanized to end suffering due to incurable disease.


  • 977 total dog/puppy adoptions.
  • 551 total cat/kitten adoptions
  • 58% of adoptions were dogs and puppies.
  • 22% of adoptions were kittens (cats less than 6 months of age)

Intake/Saving Train Transfer Program:

  • 1573 dogs/cats from other shelters and the public.
  • 37% of these intakes were surrendered by the local community.
  • 53% of these intakes were transfers on our Saving Train from euthanizing shelters.

Foster Program:

  • More than 300 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were fostered.
  • 41 volunteers opened up their homes to foster.


  • 500 active volunteers assisting with all aspects of SoHumane operations.
  • Over 42,000 hours of service donated—the equivalent of 20 full-time employees!

Spay & Neuter Surgeries performed in 2019:

     808 adopted dogs and cats were spayed/neutered, and 110 feral cats were fixed as part of the Community Cat Project