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Statistics and data

Effecting long-term change requires information. Pet adoption and community data is necessary for accountability, public image, fundraising and program evaluation and planning. Data collection requires staff training, knowing what information to gather, making sure the data is clean and knowing how to turn that data into action. You can—and should—put numbers to work for you.

  • Crunching the numbers

    Last year, the Maryland SPCA faced a 10-pound challenge named Lilly. The newly arrived cat was stressed out and aggressive with shelter workers. After nearly three weeks, her behavior showed no improvement, and her chance at adoption was slipping away.

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  • What’s data got to do with it?

    Have you ever sat down and just looked at animal flow for your organization? You know, really just dug into it, looking at intakes, outcomes, adoption, euthanasia, length of stay and any of the other myriad of numbers an organization can produce? This is data that can feel tedious to collect month after month, but it can be so valuable. You can use it as a powerful tool to do anything, from staffing your adoption center appropriately to knowing how many foster volunteers you need to recruit. 

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Statistics and data

  • Magazine Article

    Herding cat stats

    A free online database helps trap-neuter-return programs track community cat colonies, as well as caretaker details and other information.

    Free online software helps TNR programs track colony data and more

    Do you know where your community cats are?

    That was the inspiration behind the customized database system Neighborhood Cats developed in 2007, which is designed to make caretakers and volunteer trappers part of the data-entry effort.

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  • Blog Post

    What’s data got to do with it?

    Dr. Graham Brayshaw explains how tracking and sharing your shelter’s data can increase effectiveness and save more lives.

    Have you ever sat down and just looked at animal flow for your organization? You know, really just dug into it, looking at intakes, outcomes, adoption, euthanasia, length of stay and any of the other myriad of numbers an organization can produce? This is data that can feel tedious to collect month after month, but it can be so valuable. You can use it as a powerful tool to do anything, from staffing your adoption center appropriately to knowing how many foster volunteers you need to recruit. 

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  • Magazine Article

    Closing the door on the gas chamber

    Efforts to eliminate gas chambers nationwide have been largely successful, but the fight isn’t over

    We’re all working toward a world where no healthy, adoptable animal has to be euthanized, and statistics show we’re succeeding. But until we reach our goal, we owe shelter animals a compassionate end of life. Most outdated, inhumane euthanasia methods exist only in history books, but gas chambers are an exception. The HSUS is working to change that and, in collaboration with local advocates and organizations, has made great strides—but the chapter on gas chamber use isn’t closed yet.

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