About the Data FAQs

  • 01. What’s the difference between the Basic Data Matrix and the Community Services Matrix?

    The Basic Data Matrix tracks intake/outcome data for shelter/rescue animals while the Community Services Matrix tracks services provided for community and owned pets.

     

    Basic Data Matrix (BDM)
    The Basic Data Matrix was designed to serve as a tool for basic data collection. It is a simple matrix containing what many (including Asilomar, ASPCA, National Federation of Humane Societies, American Humane, UC Davis, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, HSUS and Shelter Animals Count) have agreed are the minimum data points (along with definitions) an organization should gather. Download BDM (PDF) >

    – Collects intake/outcome data
    – Species: canines, felines, rabbits, equines, small mammals, farm animals, birds, and reptiles/amphibians
    – Tracking by age: adult, youth (5 months) and unknown age
    – Live admissions only
    – Data for intakes only, not community or owned animals

     

    For full definitions and details, download the Basic Data Matrix PDF >

     

     

    Community Services Matrix (CSM)
    The goal of the Community Services Matrix is to capture the most common ways shelters and other organizations are supporting community members and keeping pets from becoming homeless through services. The CSM was launched in 2021 and is still in beta but is open for organizations to submit data.

    – Collects Field Services (TNR/RTF), Veterinary Services (spay/neuter, microchip, vet care, etc.), Behavioral Services (consults, training), and Support Services (pet food, supplies, housing, retention, rehoming)
    – Species: canines, felines, rabbits, equines, small mammals, farm animals, birds, and reptiles/amphibians

     

    For full definitions and details, download the Community Services Matrix PDF >

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