Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) has killed 1031 animals so far in 2013. Five hundred forty three dogs, 477 cats and 11 other animals. Last year they had killed 1069 during the same period.
Intake is down for the year; but dog intake is up in April. Reclaims are down for the YTD. Transfers to other rescues and shelters are also down.
Progressive animal sheltering that saves lives relies on two things - reducing intake and increasing live outcomes.
Shelters can reduce intake by: proactively reuniting more lost pets with their families, preferably before they even reach the shelter; offering low cost spay and neuter services to the public; offering trap,neuter return programs for feral cats; and by reducing surrenders and "abandonment at the shelter" through excellent customer service and animal help desks.
Shelters can increase live outcomes by transferring animals to other rescues and shelters, offering medical and behavior rehabilitation; using volunteers to socialize, train and foster animals; and creating innovative adoption and marketing programs.
The busy summer months are ahead. More pets are outside, thereby more are lost and end up in the shelter system. Feral cats are having kittens which are often brought to animal control by Good Samaritans. If MADACC is going to succeed in reducing euthanasia by a significant amount in 2013, they will need to get on the right track quickly.
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