Northern Michigan Euthanasia & Intake Reports
These from reports released in 2015 for the year 2014
Every year, the Michigan Department of Agriculture releases the “Michigan Animal Shelter Activity Reports” for licensed animal shelters in Michigan. Fostering-only groups do not have to report but sometimes they do as well. This report includes, among other things, intake and euthanasia information.
This information has been organized for you in this post so that you can easily check out the numbers for the animal shelters in your community. The results we have listed are for the rescues and animal shelters in our area that are on the Pet Friends Magazines shelters & rescues link. Some groups might not have reported last year or didn’t make the deadline to report this year. For the full report of the animal shelters in Michigan click here: animal shelter report 2014
My reports are different than others who do “save rates” because I think they are more accurate. I think the true measure of how a shelter is doing is what their euthanasia rate is. Obviously, there are those times when euthanasia is the only choice when a pet is sick or aggressive and even the best shelters and rescues have higher numbers in different years based on the kind of animals they rescue or accept into their system.
I also think that a shelter should be judged on the animals that it has a responsible to house and adopt. Because of this, I subtract the owner requested euthanasias and the returned-to-owner animals from the intake amount – which leaves a more accurate number of animals that the shelter is responsible for.
For the purposes of Pet Friend Magazine’s 7th Annual “PAW” Award (Pet Friends Animal Welfare Award), the winners are based on the percentage of the least amount of euthanasias for the year 2014 compared to the intake numbers of cats and dogs after I have made the subtractions to their intake numbers as mentioned above.
To be eligible for the award, a rescue group or shelter must take in at least 50 animals to make them comparable to other shelters in deciding who wins the awards.
The Missaukee Humane Society in Lake City is the winner of the 2014 PAW Award from Pet Friends Magazine in the DOG category for the least amount of euthanasias.
The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs is the winner of the 2014 PAW Award from Pet Friends Magazine in the CAT category for the least amount of euthanasias.
Congratulations to our winners – and to those of you who are doing a great job to reduce the number of animals killed in your care! All in all, over the years, our area seems to be headed in the right direction with less animals killed in many of the previous years. If your shelter has too many animals killed, please get involved in volunteering and get involved in the the local politics of your county (most Sheriff’s Departments run county animal control departments – and county commissioners are responsible for the budgets and other aspects of the animal shelter). Go to your county or city commissioners meetings and voice your concerns. Taxpayer money should be used to house and adopt your community cats and dogs – not kill them. Continue reading