How is COVID-19 impacting animal shelters and rescue organizations? Shelter Animals Count is measuring change around the country as reported by animal welfare organizations in The National Database.Shelter Animals Count compared data from 1,270 organizations reporting both January – June 2019 and January – June 2020 data as of 7/14/20.
Kitten intake in 2020 went up 113% from April to May compared to 72% in 2019. In June kitten intake increased by 19% from May compared to a 4% increase last year. The majority of kitten intake both years came in as strays.
Shelter intake overall is down 24% compared to last year but increased at a higher rate from April to June 2020 than the same time period in 2019.
Regionally, Pacific and New England states have seen the largest year-to-date intake decrease at -31% and -30% while West North Central states saw the smallest decease at -17%.
Adoptions as a percentage of total intake are up slightly at 57% in 2020 compared to 51% in 2019. When we look deeper at the community adoption rate (adoptions as a percentage of intake minus owner intended euthanasia and transfer intake), that rate increases from 64% in 2019 to 73% in 2020.