Proactive Animal Sheltering Position:
The Animal Welfare Community (shelters (public/private), rescues and all companion animal organizations that provide intake/housing services MUST provide accurate, timely and consistent data to allow for complete transparency of operations.
The ASPCA strongly believes that the animal welfare community must clearly define our terms, and collect, report and compare shelter data using consistent, meaningful definitions and formulas. Without consistent, accurate data and transparency in the formulas used, our ability to clarify and quantify the problem and its causes and determine the most effective solutions is severely compromised.
Combined Position Statement for ASPCA, BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY, MADDIE’S FUND, MICHELSON FOUND ANIMALS FOUNDATION, PETCO FOUNDATION, PETSMART CHARITIES, WATERSHED ANIMAL FUND:
“As national leaders and funders of animal welfare in North America, we believe that organizations should be transparent about the number of animals that come under their care, and the outcome for all of those animals. That is why we support the public availability of key data, from all animal welfare agencies and nonprofits, both publicly and privately funded and whether or not they provide government animal control services or humane law enforcement.”