A Recap of the First Dogs & Data Webinar – The State of the Shelter Dog Union

In case you missed the April 19 Dogs and Data call hosted by Shelter Animals Count and Pedigree Foundation, here are the key learnings for the first quarter of 2024 based on a sample set of government and nonprofit organizations:

  • Dog adoptions accounted for 53% of dog intakes in 2024, compared to 52% in 2019. 
  • Dog return-to-owner outcomes have declined each year since 2019, from a high of 21% of total intakes in 2019 to 18% in 2024. 
  • Dog transfer outcomes have decreased three percentage points, from 16% of total intakes to 13% of total intakes in 2024. 
  • Dog non-live outcomes decreased from 9% of total intakes in 2019 to 6% of total intakes in 2021, and have been increasing since 2021, reaching the highest level in 2024, with 11% of total intakes resulting in a non-live outcome. 

Review the data charts and the slides from the meeting presentation here.

Following the data presentation, we turned to Dr. Emily Weiss and Dr. Julie Levy to share their take on the most recent data and the current state of dogs in animal shelters. 

You can watch the conversation here.

To learn more about Dr. Emily Weiss’ vision for how we move forward in this challenging moment, read our latest SAC blog, Looking forward in tough times: the hopeful vision of Dr. Emily Weiss

Learn more and join the Dogs and Data Zoom calls on the third Friday of every month.

Are you reporting data to Shelter Animals Count? Now is the perfect time to sign up to integrate your shelter software platform with SAC to help us achieve our mission of counting every shelter animal!

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