The National Database

Participating Organizations
Data Points
Reporting States, US Territories & Canadian Provinces
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Animal Shelter Data

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Multiple Species


Shelter Animals Count:
The Most Trusted Source for Animal Sheltering Statistics

A centralized, standardized database for animal shelter statistics is critical for the animal welfare movement.

Shelter Animals Count created The National Database to get a holistic overview of the animal welfare landscape, while at the same time give animal organizations the information they need to streamline and pivot operations according to the needs of their community. By collecting consistent shelter data and by collaborating with other shelters, our ability to save animals’ lives can be dramatically improved.

Shelter Animals Count is a 501(c)(3) organization funded through grants, sponsorships and donations.

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"We need to understand trends by state, region and nationally in order to build out the best programs possible to protect animals. "
- Mike Keiley, Board Chair

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Why Shelter Animals Count?

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We Need More
Than Estimates

We Need More
Than Estimates

We need action. Shelter Animals Count exists to create an effective infrastructure for complete and accurate shelter reporting to understand risk factors, use data to implement strategies, and positively impact efforts.

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An independent, centralized database is necessary. While shelters have made great progress for animals, accurate and comprehensive nationwide data collection did not exist prior to Shelter Animals Count.

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Is Critical

Is Critical

Shelter Animals Count is a collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share The National Database of sheltered animal statistics, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help.

Data Reports

Take a look at our recent data reports.

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Community Services Data

2021 | Released April 7, 2022

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Our Goal is 100% Shelter Participation

Data drives the decisions that animal shelters make daily for pets in their communities. Fortunately, many shelters already collect and report important data to The National Database, and the time has come for nationwide participation. Find a list of participating organizations here.


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organization benefits

Why Participate?

Improve Operations

Data helps drive decisons

Qualify For Grants

Many grantors require data entry

Custom Dashboards

Share your organization's data

National Comparisons

See how your organization compares

Access the Data

Get the complete data set annually

Develop Programs

Use data to help your community

Additional Information

Get more details about contributing data to The National Database.

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