Percent of Shelter Live Outcomes
This measure assesses the outcomes for companion animals entering the shelter system in a given fiscal year. Live outcomes include those animals returned to their owners, adopted or transferred to rescue groups and other community partners. The live outcomes category includes all sheltered companion animals not euthanized with the exception of those court ordered or qualified owner-surrendered for euthanasia. A 90% live outcome rate is the national standard to determine if a shelter is considered No-Kill.
This measures the number of companion animals not euthanized as a percentage of the sum of companion animals adopted, transferred, return-to-owner, and euthanized. This calculation excludes died, missing, and disposal outcome types.
FY 2015-16 Results
The goal for this measure is set at 90%; the actual result was 97.3%.
Assessment of Results
Increased efforts in live outcome programs and a slightly lower animal intake contributed to maintaining a high live outcome percentage in FY 2015-16. The animal intake decreased 7.9%, from 17,750 in FY 2014-15 to 16,355 in FY 2016. The 97.3% live outcome rate is the highest live outcome to date, and 14% higher than the FY 2010-11 rate of 83%. Continued success at achieving the City of Austin’s No-Kill goal is due in large part to the support of our residents adopting their new family pets. In addition, 2,920 pets or 18.62% of total intake returned to their owners, freeing up much-needed kennel space for incoming pets. The shelter’s veterinary program also continues to increase the level of service to pets in need of medical care, providing more complex, long-term medical care and specialty surgeries as part of the shelter’s lifesaving programs.
Animal Services will continue to focus on program growth and sheltering capacity to maintain the highest percentage of live outcomes possible in the face of Austin and Travis County’s explosive population growth. In order to sustain Austin’s success as a No-Kill City, it will be imperative to expand adoption programs to increase traffic at the Levander Loop location as well as off-site adoption events. The volunteer program grew this past year, with 63,863 volunteers hours donated. Expansion of the foster and volunteer program, in outreach and education as well as community cat program initiatives will continue to result in the Center maintaining a high percent of live outcomes for animals. Additionally, Animal Services will continue to support and foster growth for our rescue and shelter partner agencies as we work to increase capacity at our own facility.
For more information contact Lee Ann Shenefiel, Interim Chief Animal Services Officer, at (512) 978-0500.