City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Percent of Animal Shelter Live Outcomes

Measure Description
This measure assesses the outcomes for companion animals entering the shelter system.  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.
Calculation Method
The number of companion animals not euthanized as a percentage of the sum of companion animals adopted, transferred, Return-to-Owner, and euthanized. Excludes died, missing and disposal outcome types. 
FY 2014-15 Results
The goal was set at 90%; the actual result was 94%, surpassing the goal by 4%.
Assessment of Results
Animal intake increased slightly (295 animals) in FY 2015; however, increased efforts in live outcome programs have contributed to the maintenance of live outcome percentage this year.  Continued success at achieving the City of Austin’s No Kill goal is due in large part to the support of our citizens adopting their new family pets and increased pets returned to their owner freeing up much needed kennel and cage space for incoming pets.  In addition, the shelter’s veterinary program continues to increase the level of service provided 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. 
Image of dog wearing a shirt saying "adopt me".
Next Steps
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, multiple permanent satellite locations, and frequent off-site adoption events.   Expansion in the Foster Program, Volunteer Program, in Outreach and Education as well as in Community Cat initiatives will continue to maintain a very high percent of live outcomes for shelter 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. 
Contact Information
For more information contact Tawny Hammond, Chief Animal Services Officer, at (512) 978-0536.