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Posted on: November 6, 2023

Santa Rosa County Animal Services recognized for maintaining high save rate

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Santa Rosa County Animal Services maintained no-kill status in 2022, according to Best Friends Animal Society’s annual data report. This means the shelter saved more than 90% of the dogs and cats that entered the shelter last year.

A 90 percent save rate is the nationally recognized benchmark to be considered “no-kill,” factoring that approximately 10 percent of pets who enter shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia rather than euthanizing for lack of space.

"We work hard to find loving homes for every animal who comes through our doors, here at Santa Rosa County Animal Services," said Randy Lambert, SRCAS Chief. "We couldn't maintain this successful save rate without our awesome community of volunteers, fosters, donors and our wonderful staff."


SRCAS has worked hard to implement a variety of programs that help the community's most vulnerable animals have happy outcomes. From the robust volunteer program to the foster program, these opportunities allow the shelter to leverage the community's passion for helping these furry friends to ensure the best outcomes.

With these programs, SRCAS uses local and national partnerships to provide low-cost options to families wishing to adopt, spay/neuter, and microchip. These partnerships allow families to take home new furry family members, ensure they're reunited with lost furry family members and protect the community from overpopulation. 

Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the euthanasia of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025, recognizes this achievement as a positive step forward and one that can be replicated by other shelters in Florida.

To learn more about Santa Rosa County Animal Services visit

About Santa Rosa County Animal Services

Santa Rosa County Animal Services' mission is to build a society in which every animal is treated with compassion; we provide humane shelter and care for the approximately 3,500 lost, displaced and victimized animals who enter our doors every year. Our services protect animals and educate the community through outreach, intervention, and enforcement. 


About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 378,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit

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