How is Your Shelter Performing?

How can you save lives with math? We believe in the power of statistics. Numbers don’t lie. Is your shelter saving as many lives as it can? Is your shelter not performing well? Is your shelter saving lives but doing it on the backs of independent rescues? You can find out by performing a comparison.

We do a monthly comparison between some of the shelters in the north Texas area, where we’re based. We compare small, medium and large shelters to see how they’re doing. You can see our shelter comparison, then you can drill deeper by viewing the statistics from the individual shelters: Arlington, Dallas, Rockwall and Seagoville. You’ll notice that we use per capita intake, which is shelter intake per 1,000 residents. That puts each shelter on an equal footing. Some shelters may take in huge numbers of pets, but they’re most likely in large cities with many available resources, like volunteers, fosters, off-site locations, donors, etc. Small shelters may not take in as many pets, but they don’t have the vast numbers of resources available in larger cities.

Doing your own shelter comparison is easy. The hardest part may be acquiring the statisticsĀ from your local shelter, but that’s when open records laws are your friend. The No Kill Advocacy Center can take you the rest of the way with their invaluable publication “How Does Your Community’s Shelter Measure Up.”

We believe in the power of statistics. By making the numbers public, you inform your community of your shelter’s lifesaving abilities (or lack thereof). And it doesn’t hurt to have your local shelter know you’re monitoring their progress. Ask for your shelter’s statistics today, then start making your own comparison. You’ll help save the lives of shelter pets by being a math wizard!

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