City of Austin Performance Report 2015-16

Number of Spay/Neuters Performed at the Animal Center

Measure Description
This measure assesses the number of spay/neuters performed at the Austin Animal Center (AAC).  Spay/Neuters are provided for all adopted animals, most animals transferred to rescue partners, and for animals being reclaimed by owners who permit the surgery. Spays/Neuters are an important part of the strategy to lower intake at the Animal Center and increase live outcomes.
Calculation Method
The measure of the number of spay/neuters performed at the AAC is generated through a report in the Shelter Management System known as Chameleon. Austin Animal Center also partners with Emancipet and the Austin Humane Society to bolster the number of sterilizations throughout the community. Offsite sterilizations are excluded from this calculation.
FY 2015-16 Results
The goal for this measure was set at 6,400; the actual result was 5,995.
Assessment of Results
The goal for this measure is based on the projected number of animals entering the shelter that will require spay/neuter surgery before they are adopted, transferred to a partner, or returned to an owner. Companion animal intake decreased from 17,750 in FY 2014-15 to 16,355 in FY 2015-16, which resulted in a decrease of eligible shelter pets to be altered. When combined with the 10,568 spay/neuter surgeries that Animal Services facilitated for owned animals in the community, 16,563 sterilizations were performed in an effort to prevent unplanned animal births and reduce shelter intake. This is an increase of about 600 spay/neuter surgeries over the previous year total of 15,982. In FY 2010-11, a budget increase and additional staffing for the Animal Services Implementation Plan allowed for a substantial increase in the number of spays and neuters performed at the Animal Center compared to FY 2009-10.
Next Steps
Animal Services will continue to provide spay/neuter surgery to healthy, of-age cats and dogs in the shelter.  Animal Services has a multi-step policy and process of spay/neuter compliance with the too young or medically-compromised animals that leave the shelter unaltered.
Contact Information
For more information contact Lee Ann Shenefiel, Interim Chief Animal Services Officer at (512) 978-0500.