Animal Shelter Statistics

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Ames Animal Control

The Ames Animal Shelter and Animal Control believes that transparency is an important part of being a municipal animal sheltering agency.   We are the public, "open admission" shelter for the Ames community. "Open admission" means we receive animals regardless of their behavior, health or adoptability, and that we do not turn away any animal as long as we have the space in our facility.

By far, the majority of our incoming animals are friendly, healthy, and highly adoptable.  We are proud of our success and thanks to our adopters, donors, volunteers, and community partners, we are able to place over 96% of our dogs, cats, and rabbits into new homes or return them to their original owners.  We are also thankful to the residents of Ames for their support of the Ames Animal Shelter.

We are absolutely committed to a simple goal – increase adoptions and owner reclaims and reduce euthanasia.  Our policy is to NEVER euthanize animals due to lack of space or for the amount of time that an animal is with us.  We work closely with animal rescue organizations to help us find homes for animals that don’t thrive in the shelter environment and could benefit from a foster home situation.  We also take extraordinary measures (thanks to the support of our donors) to rehabilitate and help animals with injuries or illnesses to help make them adoptable.

Ollie The statistics listed provide the most complete, accurate data we have available regarding all animals that enter the Ames Animal Shelter.

Prior to December 1, 2014, the Ames Animal Shelter used handwritten records to track animals at the shelter, as well as handwritten records to track requests for field services (animal control operations).  As you review the data in the reports, please note our records are incomplete.  From July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2013, we have 153 animals without a final disposition. Additionally, prior to June 30, 2013, our handwritten records didn’t provide details on animal ages, so kittens are included with cat data and puppies are included in the dog data.  For the purpose of tracking this data, kittens/puppies are five months old and younger and dogs/cats are six months old and older.  On December 1, 2014, we implemented Chameleon, an automated software system for animal shelters.  As part of the training process for Chameleon, staff entered the handwritten records from July 1, 2013 through November 30, 2014 into the new system.

From July 1, 2013 forward, Ames Animal Shelter records are complete, accurate and without data gaps.

Live Release Rates

 

Cat

Kitten

Dog

Puppy

Rabbit

*Other

Cat & Dog

July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006

83.74%

 

95.43%

 

71.43%

59.50%

88.77%

July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007

84.69%

 

90.99%

 

83.33%

50.85%

87.60%

July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008

86.02%

 

95.10%

 

100.00%

52.59%

89.89%

July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009

86.42%

 

92.72%

 

100.00%

45.33%

89.36%

July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010

83.99%

 

95.82%

 

100.00%

60.61%

89.73%

July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011

84.27%

 

94.15%

 

85.71%

46.04%

88.90%

July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012

86.54%

 

94.85%

 

100.00%

46.52%

90.64%

July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

88.07%

 

94.12%

 

66.67%

62.04%

90.79%

July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

92.53%

95.12%

97.84%

100.00%

92.31%

67.16%

94.99%

July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015

94.29%

93.26%

98.93%

100.00%

100.00%

68.64%

96.24%

 July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

 95.90% 90.18%
98.41%
100.00%  100.00%  68.75%  95.93%


*includes wildlifeYellow Cat Blue BKG  CMP

Combined Annual Statistical Reports

Annual Statistical Comparison Reports

 

Annual Statistical Reports by Fiscal Year

July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006
July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007
July1, 2007 to June 30, 2008
July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009
July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011
July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012
July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
 

 

 Statistical Data in Graphs
Cats & Kittens
Dogs & Puppies
Rabbits
Others (including Wildlife)
All Incoming Animals
Adoptions
Rescue Adoptions
Returned to Owner
Live Release Rates
Euthanasia
  Deceased Animals

 

Shelter Animals Count

A variety of efforts have been undertaken over the past few decades to create a platform for shelter data reporting – from Asilomar Accords and Live Release Rates, to Naked Data – much has been learned. There is strong desire to come together to create a standardized database system to collect baseline information nationally.

So in late 2011, a cross-section of animal welfare agencies banded together to create and share a National Shelter Database that would enable the measurement of progress in animal welfare, to inspire life-saving collaboration and have a positive impact over pet homelessness over time.

This steering committee outlined a vision and in the Fall of 2012, adopted a formal governing Board of Directors and incorporated Shelter Animals Count, a new, independent, non-profit created to share and steward a national database of sheltered animals that provides facts and enables insights to save lives.

The Ames Animal Shelter is proud to participate and share our statistical data with Shelter Animals Count on a monthly basis.

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Understanding the Data and Terminology

Beginning Shelter Count – The total number of live animals at the shelter at the start of that particular statistical report date range. As of July 1, 2013, these animals are separated by cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, domestic rabbits and other types of animals that include wildlife.

 LIVE INTAKES

Confiscate – Animals taken into care and custody for various reasons such as cruelty investigations, removing animals from vehicles in extreme weather, evictions, etc.

Owner Intended Euthanasia – Animals received whose owner brought their pet to the shelter with the intent of requesting euthanasia as a service.

Owner Surrender – Animals surrendered by their owners for the purpose of finding a new home.

Protective Custody – Animals received for the purpose of providing care and custody for various reasons such as natural/man-made disasters, vehicle accidents, domestic abuse cases, etc.

Adoption Return – Animals returned to the Ames Animal Shelter that were adopted and for whatever reason didn’t work out in the new home within 30 days of the adoption.

Stray – Animals brought into the shelter or picked up by Animal Control Officers whose owners are unknown or they were free roaming in the Ames city limits.

Transfer in for Adoption – Animals received from various sources such as other animal sheltering organizations for the purpose of adoption at the Ames Animal Shelter.

Total Live Intake – Total number of live animals received during that particular statistical report.

LIVE OUTCOMES

Adoption – Animals adopted into new homes through the shelter or at off-site adoption events.

Rescue Adoption – Animals adopted through non-profit animal rescue organizations.

Working Cat Adoption – Feral or semi-feral cats that are not suited for adoption into an indoor home are adopted into approved farm or barn homes as a working cat.

Returned to Nature – Wild animals returned to their natural habitat.

Returned to Owner (Shelter) – Animals reclaimed by their owners at the Ames Animal Shelter.

Returned to Owner (Field) – Animals reclaimed by their owners in the field.

Return to Owner (Protective Custody) – Animals reclaimed by their owners that were brought in for the purpose of Protective Custody.

Transfer to Another Agency – Animals transferred to other agencies such as approved wildlife rehabilitators, other animal sheltering agencies, etc.

Live Outcomes Subtotal – The subtotal of all live animal outcomes.

OTHER OUTCOMES

Died in Care – Animals that died while in the care of the shelter or at private veterinary offices.

Escaped – Animals that escaped from the shelter or away from the care and custody of our Animal Control Officers in the field.

Lost – Animals whose outcome is unknown or the outcome was not recorded in our handwritten records from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2013.

Stolen – Animals that were unlawfully removed from the Ames Animal Shelter or from the animal control vehicle.

Shelter Euthanasia – Animals that were humanely euthanized (put to sleep) for severe medical or behavioral reasons.

Private Vet Euthanasia – Animals that were humanely euthanized (put to sleep) for severe medical reasons.

Owner Intended Euthanasia – Animals euthanized (put to sleep) whose owner brought their pet to the shelter with the intent of requesting euthanasia as a service.

Dispatched by Police Department – Wildlife, typically injured deer that have been hit by cars and are suffering.

Other Outcomes Subtotal – The subtotal of all other animal outcomes

Total Outcomes – The total number of all animal outcomes, live and other.

Ending Shelter Count – The total number of live animals at the shelter at the end of that particular statistical report date range.

Deceased Animal Disposal – Deceased animals picked up by Animal Control Officers in the field.

Annual Live Release Rate – The percentage of animals that have a live release from the shelter.