Carol Blymire is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and public affairs consultant. When she's not working, she's likely being taken for a walk by her energetic dachshund-Jack Russell mix, Dexter. On Twitter: @CarolBlymire.
They may not be sexy, but spreadsheets save lives.
That’s what the 10 organizations in the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) discovered when they joined forces to reduce the area’s euthanasia rate. Serving four counties and 2.1 million people in the greater Portland metropolitan area, ASAP slashed local shelters’ total euthanasia rate by 65 percent from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, the alliance received a $1 million recognition grant from Maddie’s Fund, a foundation that supports successful initiatives to decrease euthanasia.