Because the numbers count.
Despite the hard work of shelters and rescues everywhere, it is estimated that millions of dogs and cats enter America’s shelters each year, and more than half of them will never leave. While great progress has been made, accurate and comprehensive nation-wide data does not exist. It’s precisely this data that will guide good decision-making, and help us save thousands of sheltered animals’ lives. The numbers really do count..
We need more than estimates.
We need action. Shelter Animals Count exists to create an effective infrastructure for complete and accurate shelter reporting to truly understand the risk factors, use this data to implement effective strategies and positively impact all lifesaving efforts.
Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help.
Our goal is to enable data-driven decisions to promote saving companion animals’ lives and preventing homelessness.
Data drives the decisions that can help save companion animals’ lives and prevent homelessness. Fortunately, many shelters already collect and report important data. But the time has come for all shelters to collect and report critical data on a national level.
Our ultimate goal is 100 percent shelter participation. Even if you have never shared data before, now is the perfect time to begin.
Shelter Animals Count offers many benefits to individual organizations, including:
- Providing you with a wealth of information on national trends that may affect your organization.
- Having the ability to view data from similar organizations with similar demographics, climate, geography, or other variables.
- Permitting researchers to perform the kind of analysis that individual organizations like yours request and would otherwise need to fund.
- Allowing you to measure the impact your best practices have on increasing live outcomes.
Your shelter can make a difference by joining this effort today.