Category Archives: Animal Shelters

Never mind

I’ve found the problem.  Craigslist changed the way they do searches sometime between July 4 and July 11.  It used to be the search for “kittens” did not include ads that only used the singular “kitten”, but now it does, … Continue reading

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USA Facing a Purrfect Storm

The more I look at, the more convinced I am that we’re in for a cat population explosion all over the US. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_storm “A “perfect storm” is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will … Continue reading

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The Kittens Are Coming!

I’m seeing a shocking jump in my Craigslist Kitten Index (CLKI) almost everywhere. So far, I’m seeing confirmation from shelter stats that there’s a population explosion going on, I’m assuming from the record warm winter we just went through. I … Continue reading

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Stochastic Demographic Simulation

I wonder if this post will get a lot of traffic because people will think I’m talking dirty. But, no, this is just my typical passion for numbers and spay/neuter. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0113553 Let me share some numbers I just figured out … Continue reading

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Oregon update: More good news thanks to spay/neuter

I’m too excited to wait for the final polish on some of these charts.  

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The Infertile Crescent: North Carolina’s Spay/Neuter clinics’ impact

If you study the NC map I posted last blog, you will notice areas of low shelter euthanasia near spay/neuter clinics that I’ve dubbed “The Infertile Crescent.” NC has a statewide license-plate s/n voucher program, and is the home of … Continue reading

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Oregon is a model for the effectiveness of Spay/Neuter clinics

Yes, this chart really is a summary of an awful lot of information.  Not theory.  Not a projection from a small sample.  It includes information from every shelter in Oregon that I know about (well, there’s one for-profit shelter in … Continue reading

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Spay/Neuter clinics benefit a wide area: example, Foothills clinic in Catawba County, NC

While limiting intake, increasing adoptions, or Shelter-Neuter-Return can improve a shelter’s Live Release Rate, they can result in putting the burden of killing on neighboring shelters. Opening a s/n clinic, however, benefits the neighbors as well, as happened when the … Continue reading

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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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