I wasn’t able to attend the most recent NYCACC board meeting. Fortunately, the meeting was posted on YouTube for the first time and the presentation slides are online as well, so anyone can follow along at home.
I’m not going to do an in-depth analysis right now but I did want to note two particular slides in the presentation.
These are the “shock and awe” slides that AC&C uses to communicate the enormity of the job at hand, but they only tell a small part of the story. What isn’t communicated here is that a large number of these animals are already leaving alive, particularly courtesy of the shelters’ New Hope partners who do the lion’s share of actually adopting out AC&C animals. The more useful data is to look at the number of animals who aren’t making it out.
Here are the statistics for May of 2014, the most recent available:
So here’s another way to phrase the problem: AC&C remains pathetically bad at adoptions. In the month of May they did an average of slightly over 5 adoptions per day per location in the largest, densest adoptions market in the nation.
In the month of May 383 animals lost their lives at AC&C. That is slightly over four per day per location, so if AC&C could adopt out an additional four animals per day per location they could have had zero euthanasias for the month.
That assumes that zero euthanasias are possible, which is likely not true – there will always be behavioral and health euthanasias, so let’s assume a generous 90% save rate target. At 2821 intake for the month, dropping euthanasia to approximately 282 would get them to a 90% save rate. In order to drop euthanasias to that number they would need to save an additional 101 animals… or an average of one more adoption per day per location.
Shock and awe indeed.