City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Shelter Intake Per Capita

Measure Description
This measure assesses the shelter intake as a percent of Travis County population.
Four dogs in a caged-off section of the animal shelter.
Calculation Method
Number of companion animal intake divided by Travis County population using the shelter management system and census data.
FY 2014-15 Results
The goal for this measure was set at 2.0; actual results were 1.54, 23% better than the goal.
Assessment of Results
This measure is intended to determine how well Animal Services is able to keep pace with a growing population in terms of animal intakes at the shelter. It is expected that as the human population grows, the number of pets will also grow, increasing the number of animals that will enter the shelter system.  The goal is to maintain below 2 intakes per 100 residents. As illustrated below, shelter intake per capita is generally decreasing. Over the past several years, Animal Services has expanded prevention programs that provide affordable access to spay/neuter surgery in an effort to prevent unwanted litters of dogs and cats.
Shelter Intake per Capita Comparison Chart
Two dogs in their pens at the animal shelter, one stretching.
Next Steps
In order to maintain a rate of 2 intakes per 100 residents or less, Animal Services will continue our work to build awareness of the importance of identification on pets as well as continue to expand prevention programs that provide affordable access to spay/neuter surgery. Finally, an increased presence of our Animal Protection Officers in high intake areas can make an impact on compliance with the leash law to help keep pets out of the shelter. 
Contact Information
For more information contact Tawny Hammond, Chief Animal Services Officer, at (512) 978-0536