Sources for shelter data include Shelter Animals Count (self-reported and opted in to a Best Friends-led Coalition), public websites, government-provided data and voluntary data submissions. Where information is derived from data supplied by Shelter Animals Count, Shelter Animals Count specifically disclaims all responsibility for any analysis, interpretations, conclusions and opinions contained in the information presented. While Best Friends attempts to validate data sources, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these sources.
Each community is assigned one of three statuses:
A no-kill community is generally a city, town, township, village or borough whose brick and mortar animal shelters are working collectively to save at least 90 percent of their animals. In some cases, unincorporated communities are instrumental in this effort and are included as well.
Save Rates displayed represent the community effort of all shelters located in or providing animal control services to each community. A community is recognized as no-kill when it meets the following criteria:
2. Not Yet No-Kill:
A community is considered not yet no-kill when it meets the following criteria:
3. Incomplete Data:
A community has incomplete data when Best Friends does not have access to data for at least one brick and mortar animal shelter located in or providing municipal shelter services to the community.
Some communities have no known animal shelters located in or serving their area. These communities are not included in the Community Dashboard.
The Community Dashboard is based on calendar year data with the data source year noted on the individual shelter’s view.
For all individual shelters and communities with data for only one shelter, a gross save rate calculation is used:
[(Live Intakes, including Owner Requested Euthanasia) - (Died in Care) - (Lost in Care) - (Shelter Euthanasia) - (Owner Requested Euthanasia)] divided by Live Intakes
For aggregating more than one shelter’s data a net save rate calculation is used to remove transfers between agencies and avoid double-counting of animals:
[(Live Intakes, including Owner Requested Euthanasia) - (Transfers In) - (Died in Care) - (Lost in Care) - (Shelter Euthanasia) - (Owner Requested Euthanasia)] divided by (Live Intakes - Transfers In)]
Special exception for Net Aggregation:
For all communities that are aggregated net (data for more than one shelter) where either:
A. Gross Community Save Rate 90% or greater and Net Community Save Rate is below 90%; or
B. The difference between gross and net community save rate is 5% or greater
We will send a survey to shelters to identify source of transfers. Based on the shelter’s response:
A. The community will be aggregated gross if less than 50% of the community’s total transfers in are from inside of the community.
B. The community will be aggregated net if more than 50% of the community’s total transfers are from inside of the community.
This rule will ensure a community’s save rate is accurately calculated. If a shelter transfers in animals mostly from outside of their own community, there is no need to remove transfers from the save rate calculation to avoid double counting.