City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Spays and 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.     
Calculation Method
The number of spay/neuters generated through a report in the shelter management system.
FY 2014-15 Results
The goal for this measure was set at 5,800; the actual result was 6,065, surpassing the goal by 265, or 4.57%
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 increased slightly in 2015 which resulted in a slight increase of eligible shelter pets to be altered.  When combined with the 10,182 spay/neuter surgeries Animal Services facilitated for owned animals in the community, 16,247 sterilizations were performed in an effort to prevent unplanned animal births and reduce shelter intake. 
Image of veterinarian operating on a dog.
Next Steps
Animal Services will continue to provide spay/neuter surgery to all 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 Tawny Hammond, Chief Animal Services Officer, at (512) 978-0536.