What is a “Live Outcome Rate”? And why should I care?
The Live Outcome Rate is the standard measure for shelters all over the country to gauge how they are doing when it comes to helping the lost and abandoned animals in their care. The last two years have shown huge improvements at HSNBA but we still have a long way to go. If you love numbers and spreadsheets, you can study all of our info on the HSNBA Website.
If that much info makes your head spin, let me give you the highlights:
- The “Live Outcome Rate for cats in 2014 was 15% – That means HSNBA only managed to save 15% of the cats that came into the shelter, euthanizing over 1500 cats.
- In 2015, we managed to double that, and our Live Outcome Rate was 33% for cats. An improvement of course, but still dreadful for the nearly 1300 cats that did not leave the shelter alive
- We managed a 51% Live Outcome Rate in 2016. Sending over 1000 cats out of HSNBA ALIVE.
- During the 1st four months of 2017, we are sitting at 71% Live Outcome Rate for cats and now is the time we need to ask for help.
Several things have happened at once to help us save more cats.
# 1 TNR Program
Our Trap-Neuter-Return Program has made it possible for us to save the once unadoptable feral cats that flooded our doors each year. For cats that are used to living an outdoor lifestyle, and not accustomed to humans, we can now vaccinate and spay or neuter them and return them to where they came from. If it isn’t safe to return them, we can adopt them out as “Working Cats”. In previous years, feral cats that came into the shelter were always euthanized because there was no other option. Now we have an option. This option allows us to send out ALIVE cats who were once sentenced to death by arriving at our shelter. A huge thank you to the amazing volunteers that make this clinic possible each week and to Dr. James Rierson of Creek View Veterinary Clinic who DONATES his time each week to spay and neuter the feral cats in this community.
If you are interested in learning more about TNR, or getting involved, visit the New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition’s great website!
#2 Cat Adoption at PetsMart!
Our adoptable cats have been flying out of the kennels at PetsMart at Creekside and into new forever homes! Since November of 2016, over 60 cats have been adopted from our kennels at PetsMart. We are so thrilled with this new partnership giving us a new way to find homes for cats! Go by and see them the next time you are at Creekside!
#3 Foster Homes!
It’s “Kitten Season”! Cats tend to have litters of kittens in the spring and summer, and let’s face it, winter is over! But with dozens of kittens coming into the shelter every week, we run out of room fast! That’s where FOSTER HOMES save the day. Our staff works hard to match foster homes up with a litter that meets their skill set and time and space constraints. We won’t send our fosters home with anything they can’t handle!
Fosters simply provide a temporary home for kittens too small to be adopted. HSNBA provides routine vet care, and supplies when we have them donated. Once the kittens are big and healthy enough for adoption, they can come back to the shelter, to the PetsMart Adoption Center or the foster can take them to Offsite Adoption Events on the weekends, we let foster homes decide what works best for them!
We also like to think outside the box when it comes to foster homes. How about an office foster litter? Is your office or workplace pet friendly? Maybe a kennel could be set up for foster kittens right there at your place of business!
That’s the 1-2-3 of SAVING CATS!
And YES! HSNBA is participating in the Big Give SA 2017!
Join us in supporting the
New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition on Thursday, May 4th from 4pm-8pm
at the Pour Haus.
It’s going to be a great time!