Saving More
Animals by
the Numbers

At Shelter Animals Count, we know that accurate shelter reporting means more than numbers. It means saving more lives. With transparency as well as anonymity, our data collection process is designed to offer distinct and measurable benefits to animal welfare organizations in many ways.

The data matrix.

To facilitate consistent data collection, Shelter Animals Count is using the Basic Data Matrix (en Español), developed by the National Federation of Humane Societies, as the foundation for the database.

The matrix contains the minimum data points an organization should collect, including summary counts by species, age breaks, intake type and outcome type. This is the basic information we require from participating shelter data contributors on a monthly basis.

The three most important elements are: 

The matrix only looks at live intakes for Dogs and Cats. We know most organizations have other species but Shelter Animals Count has limited the National Database to the two species.

Intake/Outcome Definitions:
The matrix rolls up data into core intake and outcome types. For most organizations, using both intake type/subtype and outcome type/subtype can map to the matrix definitions.

Age Data:
Collecting Date of Birth is critical for matrix reporting! Some software has an “Age Group” field that can make up for missing age data, but then you would need to ensure that the field aligns with the matrix definitions (0-5 months = Juvenile, over 5 months = Adult).

If your organization is ready and able to provide these data points, please join us and register today!

Explore the data.

Using the business intelligence application, Tableau, you can now view and interact with shelter and rescue data, demographic and economic data by community and organization, providing the opportunity to do comparative analysis.