At CSHS, a foster-based rescue with a Cat Adoption Center, we believe in data transparency. That includes sharing our data with national database initiatives like Shelter Animals Count and the Million Cat Challenge. The data reporting standards encouraged by these initiatives allow us to analyze and identify trends, best practices, and opportunities to positively impact the communities we serve.
In addition, we feel that data transparency in animal welfare should be encouraged by donors, volunteers, fosters and adopters. Holding rescues and shelters accountable to their vision drives innovation and leads to lowering euthanasia outcomes for healthy and adoptable animals. In the words of Paul Wellstone: “We all do better when we all do better.”
In 2016, CSHS’ Lifesaving Percentage was 93%.
We calculate our Lifesaving Percentage using the ASPCA’s Live Release rate formula. We take total live outcomes and divide that number by our total live intakes.
The definitions for “live intake”, “live outcome”, and “euthanasia” are listed below for your clarification:
Intake: All live intake to shelter except “owner intended/requested euthanasia” and foster return
Live outcome: The sum of all permanent live outcomes including adoption, returned to owner, transferred to another agency (shelter or rescue), return to field, and other live outcomes (e.g. barn cat program); excluding foster
Euthanasia: All euthanasia except “owner intended/requested euthanasia”