The final numbers of fiscal year 2015 show fewer animals wound up at the Kauai Humane Society, a higher percentage of dogs and cats left alive and total euthanasia declined.
The figures indicate KHS programs are working, said Executive Director Penny Cistaro.
“We are making progress,” Cistaro said Wednesday. “We’re making great strides here.”
A key number, the live release rate, was 45 percent, a 6 percent increase from last year. According to the report, 1,118 dogs, 72 percent, and 531 cats, 25 percent, were released from the shelter in the last fiscal year.
Another key number, euthanasias, were down 22 percent. All told, 438 dogs were euthanized (down 26 percent from 588) while 1,607 cats were euthanized, (down 21 percent from 2,207) in the last fiscal year.
“We are making headway on the problem,” Cistaro said. “It’s not going to be an overnight success.”
Thank you for sharing Kauai Humane Society’s shelter statistics with us. We are pleased to see that KHS is using the highest industry standard for collecting shelter data via the Shelter Animals Count (SAC) matrix. As you know SAC was created through a collaborative effort of many organizations including the ASPCA, National Federation of Humane Societies, American Humane Association, University of California-Davis Shelter Medicine Program, Maddies Fund, PetSmart Charities and The HSUS. SAC allows us to expand the picture, including input not only from local shelters, but from national organizations including the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and the National Animal Care & Control Association. The database also makes it easier for shelters to evaluate their situations and compare their efforts to those of similarly sized and resourced organizations across the country.
SAC generated statistics should help KHS better streamline its business operations, while at the same time making it possible to get a holistic overview of the animal welfare landscape. By collecting consistent shelter data, and by collaborating with other shelters that are doing the same, our collective ability to save animals’ lives can be dramatically improved. In addition, developing an infrastructure for complete and accurate shelter reporting can help to identify risk factors and then be used to implement effective strategies and direct necessary resources to positively impact all of KHS’ lifesaving efforts.
We are also pleased to hear that KHS is not euthanizing animals simply for a lack of space, and that your innovative Mainland Transfer and Field Trip programs continue to significantly increase your adoption rates.
Thank you for all you and KHS are doing for Kauai’s animals and people. I look forward to continuing to work with you!
Inga Fricke is the Director of Sheltering Initiatives at the Humane Society of the United States