The numbers are in and HSNBA has something to celebrate! Since 2014, HSNBA has DOUBLED our “Live Outcome Rate”. We calculate the Live Outcome Rate by dividing the total number of animals that come into the shelter during a specific time period by the number of animals who left alive (returned to their owner, adopted, or transferred to a rescue group). Because of this “shelter math”, in December, we actually had a Live Outcome Rate of OVER 100%! Basically, that means we sent MORE animals out ALIVE than actually came IN to the shelter!
We know this can be confusing and many might feel it to be misleading, so it makes sense to look at an entire year of data. Monthly we post our numbers on our website and questions are encouraged to come directly to me. The numbers are just one small piece of our shelter but as the numbers begin to rise, we can’t help but crow about them! The last several years of data can be viewed HERE
Here is how 2016 looked at HSNBA, by the numbers,
In 2013 the shelter’s Live Outcome Rate was 33% – this means that for every 100 animals that entered the shelter, only 33 left alive.
In 2014, it was 35%. 61% of the dogs entering the shelter left alive and a mere 15% of the cats.
In 2015, we leapt to a 53% Live Outcome rate, with 78% of the dogs leaving alive and 33% of the cats.
2016 Live Outcome Rate? 70%! 91% of the dogs entering the shelter left alive and 51% of the cats.
But there’s more to any shelter than just the numbers and in our case, that is just so, so true. It’s about our amazing support – the Volunteer Team we have grown (over 500 registered volunteers!) and the foster homes we have supported and nurtured so they can in turn save the most fragile of the animals who enter our shelter. It is about our incredible staff who face insurmountable odds every day but somehow manage to get the job done, and they certainly aren’t doing it for the money! (Did you know all HSNBA staff starts out at minimum wage?) Our amazing Board of Directors who continue to think outside the box to take HSNBA to the next level.
The partnerships we have developed have made so many amazing things possible. First, with the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association, who made it possible to operate a surgery clinic so each and every adopted pet is spayed or neutered prior to adoption. This partnership is responsible for over 2000 shelter pets altered so they will not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.
With the support of CCVMA and the partnership with the New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition, we have also begun spaying and neutering feral cats nearly every week, so they can return to where they have been living without reproducing and contributing to the already overwhelming number of homeless cats in our community. Starting in August of 2016, we’ve already Trap Neutered and Returned over 300 cats!
Our adoptable cats have a new place to meet adopters as well, in December we partnered with PetsMart at Creekside and now have kittens and cats available for adoption there! We’ve already sent over 35 cats home to new adopters from PetsMart!
So things are looking pretty great here at HSNBA but we know we can’t let our guard down for a second. Now is the time to recruit more volunteers, more fosters, and more DONORS who can help us make more miracles happen throughout 2017 and beyond.
Please help us spread the word that it is indeed a Brand New Day at HSNBA, the SMALL SHELTER with a BIG HEART.
My heartfelt gratitude to our supporters and this wonderful community for allowing me to serve the lost and abandoned pets of New Braunfels and Comal County, it’s been an amazing 2 years!