Four hundred and four dogs, 332 cats and 11 other animals died at MADACC. The chart above shows the comparisons from last year to this year and also the breakdown of the March statistics. The new Executive Director, Karen Sparapani, started on February 16 so this is the first full month of statistics under her directorship. April statistics will not be available until after the May operations committee meeting.
Intake is down (a good thing!) and so are shelter deaths. But unfortunately, reclaims and transfers are also down for the year.
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; 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.