BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions

Asilomar Accords

Asilomar Accords are a set of criteria; guiding principles, standardized definitions, a statistics table for tracking shelter populations and a formula for determining live release rates in shelters. The purpose of the Accords and the live release rate formula is to create a uniform system so that shelters and other pertinent parties can obtain a better understanding of lifesaving shelter progress and get a big picture view of progress nationwide.

The name “Asilomar” comes from the name of the spot where in August of 2004, a group of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation met together in California to discuss issues and create standards focused on reducing the euthanasia of healthy, treatable and adoptable companion animals in the United States.

"The assembled groups held a variety of viewpoints on how best to help the animals, yet we all agreed that the most effective way to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the shortest amount of time was to work together."
-- Rich Avanzino

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BARC is proud to have implemented the Asilomar Accords into our shelter operating procedures.

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To understand more about the definitions, terminologies and criteria in the Asilomar Accords, go to