Shelter Animals Count began collecting community services data in 2021 to capture the most common ways shelters, rescues, and service-based organizations are supporting pets and people in our communities. These services exist to help keep pets in their homes and out of the shelters, and also to help people during difficult times.
Organizations provide services to keep owned pets in their homes and to keep community pets thriving in their neighborhoods.
The Shelter Animals Count Community Services Database is the first database to allow both animal sheltering and non-sheltering organizations, as well as human services organizations, to count their animal services in a central database.
This database does not track services provided to animals counted as an intake.
What species are tracked in the Community Services Database?
Equine: Horses, donkeys, mules, and other equines
Small Mammals: small domestic mammals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rats
Farm Animals: Non-equine, hooved farm animals like pigs, llamas, and cows
Birds: Domestic birds like chickens, pigeons and parrots
Reptiles and Amphibians: Pet reptiles and amphibians like turtles, snakes, iguanas
Retention and rehoming support provided to community members to ensure their pets can stay in the home, return to home, or find new placement without entering the shelter.
Veterinary Services are provided to owned/community pets as free/low cost services. Includes microchipping, spay/neuter, preventative wellness care, basic and advanced medical care.
Services provided by organizations to care for and manage community pet populations such as community cats, and return animals to owners without entering the shelter.
Low-cost/free behavior programs & services to assist community members with pet behavior issues that otherwise may lead to that animal coming into the shelter.