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HSUS estimated minimum staffing formula for kennel caretaking only:

______________________
(Human Population)

Multiplied by 7% = ______________________
(Incoming Animal Populaton Per Year)
______________________
(Incoming Animals Per Year)
Divided by 365 (days per year) = ______________________
(Incoming Animals Per Day)
______________________
(Incoming Animals Per Day)
Times Four* Day Holding Period =

_____________________
(Animals in Shelter Per Day)

______________________
(Animals in Shelter Per Day)
Times fifteen minutes** per animal = ______________________
(Number of Minutes Needed)
______________________
(Minutes Needed)
Divided by 60 (minutes) =  ______________________
(Number of Hours Needed)
______________________
(Number of Hours Needed)
Divided by 3*** (hours for cleaning/feeding) = ______________________
(Staff Needed Per Day)

* The HSUS is using the average holding period of four days as a basis for this study. Some animals may be held for a much shorter period; however, many animals may be held for a period exceeding the four day requirement.

**This formula is based on a per-animal time of nine minutes for cleaning and six minutes for feeding.

***These three hours are solely for the performance of these two tasks, but allowing for further time in the day to perform routine maintenance tasks such as laundry, dishes, lost and found checks, etc.

Source: National Animal Control Association

 

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