The Sangamon County Animal Control & Adoption Center (SCACAC) has as its mission to minimize the number of homeless and abandoned animals that come into our Center and to save all healthy and treatable animals as our resources allow. We are also dedicated to providing transparency and accountability to our community by sharing data regarding the animals that come through our Center. As part of that commitment, SCACAC will provide quarterly statistics on our website.
We currently utilize a statistical measurement called the Asilomar Live Release Rate to determine the actual percentage of dogs and cats that leave our facility alive through adoption, return to owner, or transfer.
1) Intakes include all of the categories of intake for dog, cat, other and wildlife during a particular time period: Stray animals (“Stray”); owner surrendered pets (“Owner Surrender”); animals confiscated for abuse, neglect or abandonment (“Confiscate”); animals other than dog/cats picked up by our officers (“Wildlife”); disposal requests for deceased animals; (“Disposal Request”); euthanasia requests by owners (“Euthanasia Request”); adoption returns (“Returns”), which are animals returned within 14 days of adoption.
2) Outcomes include all of the categories for the eventual disposition for a particular period of time for dogs, cats, other animals, and wildlife that have come into the shelter. These categories are as follows: adopted animals (“Adoption”); animals that have been returned to their owner after straying from home, or after having been confiscated or impounded (“Returned to Owner”); animals transferred to our rescue partners (“Transfer”); animals that were euthanized at the request of their owners (“Euthanasia by Request”); animals that were euthanized for health, behavior, and/or capacity for care (“Other Euthanasia”); animals that have died after they entered the shelter (“Died in Care”); animals that were dead on arrival or who died enroute (“Dead on Arrival”); and animals that were disposed of because they were dead prior to entering the shelter or in the field (“Disposals”).
3) The Asilomar Live Release Rate formula is a transparent formula commonly used by shelters to provide information to the community as to the percentage of animals that left the facility with a Live Outcome. To calculate this percentage, follow the guidance below:
- Add the total number of dog and cat adoptions, transfers to rescue groups, and returns to owner. (If you wish to calculate the LRR for dogs or cats, then follow the same formula separately for the cat data column and the dog data column.)
- Divide this number by the total number of cat and dog outcome minus “Euthanasia by Request”, “Dead on Arrival” and "Disposals."
- Multiply the result by 100 to arrive at the LRR