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Shelter Animals Count (SAC) is a collaborative, industry-led nonprofit organization formed by a diverse group of animal welfare agencies to create and share The National Database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights that will improve animal welfare throughout the country.


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Jan-Dec 2023 vs Jan-Dec 2022

Most Recent Report: 2023 Annual Analysis

Animal organizations continue to struggle with over-capacity status and urgently need community support, expressing a dire need for members of their communities to adopt or foster from local shelters or rescue organizations, spay or neuter their pets, and volunteer or donate.


Read the 2023 Annual Analysis

Condensed: 2023 National Statistics

Recent Industry News

National Puppy Day is March 23

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PEDIGREE Foundation Announces 2024 Grant Cycle

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > FOX56 News By: PEDIGREE Foundation Published: Mar 1, 2024   FRANKLIN, Tenn., March…

Helen Woodward Animal Center Halves Fees to Spur Adoptions amid National Drop

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > Times of San Diego By: Debbie L Sklar Published: Mar 1, 2024…

What to Expect When Fostering a Kitten

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > The Wildest By: Elizabeth Laura Nelson Published: Apr 29, 2024   So,…

Kentucky Humane Society encourages adoption after years of over-capacity

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > Spectrum News 1 By: Laya Gilpin Published: March 11, 2024   LOUISVILLE,…

Behind glass doors: the ethics of animal shelters

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > Scot Scoop By: Keira Sarmiento Published: Mar 8, 2024   Over two…

Rise in Pleasanton Dog Abandonment Strains Area Shelters

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > The Independent By: Sarah Peters Published: Mar 7, 2024   Dog abandonment,…

Purina Invests More Than $30 Million in Supporting Pets, People and the Planet

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > 33 WYTV ABC By: Nestle Purina PetCare Published: Feb 28, 2024  …

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  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > Yahoo News By: Daniyal Jawaid Published: Feb 27, 2024   In this…

Lowcountry animal shelter asks for help for overcrowding concerns

  VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE > 5 WCSC By: Tiana Maxwell Published: Feb 27, 2024   MONCKS CORNER,…