Animal Shelter Performance Tables
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an animal shelter performance table? I think it would help. By performance table I mean the re-homing success rate of animals that pass through the operation and more.
For example on a simplistic level, if 1000 cats were “processed” by a shelter and 400 were re-home the overall success rate would be 40%.
There could also be tables for animals that died through disease, listing the type of disease. In addition, animals killed because they were deemed to be too aggressive or not sufficiently compatible with the human household lifestyle could also be tabulated.
This would provide a lot of information that could be put to work to improve operations.
It would mean collecting data, which would take time away from doing the essential work of saving lives and re-homing. However, provided a balance was kept between this downside and the downside of performing to tables rather the just doing good work, there would be overall benefits I believe.
You would also start to see such things as a correlation between veterinary attitudes in the area and death or successful rehoming. There are countless areas where information such as I suggest could be used to expose poor attitudes.
In some ways the USA is an advanced nation (computers) but in other ways it is living in past. Look at the cars for example. Other lifestyle choices that indicate an attitude rooted in the 1930s are (a) the death penalty in many states (b) preferring creationism over evolution across the wide and large bible belt (c) sticking to the metric system and fahrenheit rather then celsius. These are just indicators.
I feel also that the US attitude towards declawing is a throwback to the past. Greater efficiencies could be made in the very large nationwide operation that is animal shelters. There are 5,000 of them.
Enacting regulations that required record keeping in respect of essential information would make then more efficient and proficient.
The same could be said about the UK and Europe but I only read about the large number of deaths at shelters that are in the USA. That does not mean it does not happen in the UK but the operation is far larger in the USA.