Monthly Archives: April 2014

Map of Dog Return to Owner Rates by County in NC, VA, DE and NJ

I made this while puzzling, again, over NC’s low dog RTO. Looking at census stats, RTO correlates highly with the average income. And not so bad with percentage of residents who majored in Engineering.

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Great progress toward a No Kill Nation (NOT)

Rich Avanzino was interviewed on the radio this morning and says we need only do another 2.3 million adoptions from shelters to become a No Kill Nation.  http://cdn.voiceamerica.com/business/011395/weitz042214.mp3 That’s quite a lot of progress, down from 2.7 he said where … Continue reading

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Modeling cat population growth and decline: tipping point of spay/neuter

I made a lovely little model in Excel, letting me play with all kinds of variables.  The most amazing thing is, no matter what I put in for those variables, there’s a tipping point, where just a few more spay/neuter … Continue reading

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Kitten Season Approaches: What You Can Do

Originally posted on moggiepurrs:
I’m reminded of the poem written by Carl Sandburg: Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. It reminds me of the…

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Looking good in Utah – another victory for spay/neuter, especially for cats

I’ve updated my Utah spreadsheet, although data is only available Jan-Jul 2013 (and I’m assuming that’s the first half of the year, 1/1/13-6/30/13) so I projected. http://www.spayship.com/data.html

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Lisa’s Resumé – Who is this person anyway and why does she think she knows so much?

In case anyone wants to know. Education 1980, B. A. in Computer Science from the State University of New York University at Buffalo, cum laude Work History 1980-1982, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. … Continue reading

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Estimating cat populations — so important for spay/neuter programs

How can you estimate the number of cats in your area? I looked into formulae for this and found 11 for owned cats and 3 for feral cats. Most are based on the number of households, some on the number … Continue reading

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ASPCA gives grant to Humane Alliance to promote spay/neuter clinics

“A recent and inspiring update comes from Humane Alliance, an organization that focuses on remedying pet overpopulation through high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services. The ASPCA pledged more than $2.5 million, along with support from PetSmart Charities, to Humane Alliance over a … Continue reading

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Some actual data on pet population

While the experts are relying on old data and marketing surveys to estimate current national figures on shelter intakes and outcomes, there’s actual current data available online.  Several states have requirements for shelters to report their stats and either they … Continue reading

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Where do all these numbers come from?

Most of the time when you see numbers such as how many animals enter US shelters, they don’t give you a clue how they came up with them.  Or they quote a source such as the Humane Society of the … Continue reading

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