The Porter County Animal Shelter recently
released its animal intake and outcome data for the first half of 2017 which
indicates a zero growth in the number of animals at the shelter and confirms
their continued status as a no kill shelter.
From January 1 through June 30, the
shelter had 355 animal intakes and 355 animal outcomes, a net zero effect on
the number of animals in the shelter’s care. At the beginning of the
reporting period, the shelter housed 28 dogs and 49 cats, and at the end of
the period they house 51 dogs and 26 cats, an almost total reversal of the
ratio of dogs to cats.
“The adoption rate
of cats is improving, and we have intentionally been reducing our reliance
on rescue groups to take dogs,” said Shelter Director Toni Bianchi,
explaining the changes in the makeup of the population. “The zero growth in
the overall animal count is encouraging, especially since this was the
period where significant staff time and efforts were focused on the planning
and execution of our move to the new building.”
Of the total intakes as of June 30, 69
percent were strays, 18 percent were owner surrenders, 6 percent were
adoption returns and 7 percent were seized through law enforcement actions.
Of the total 355 outcomes as of June 30,
4.23 percent (15) of those outcomes were the result of euthanization, 6 for
aggressive behaviors and 9 for medical reasons.
The standard for achieving no kill status
is that the shelter maintains a euthanization rate below 10 percent.
Ninety-five percent of the animals taken in were adopted, reclaimed by their
owners or placed with rescue organizations.
“The unknown factor
in our future animal population is the impact of the addition of animals
from Portage Animal Control,” said Bianchi. “We started taking animals from
Portage in June, so we don’t have enough data to reliably predict future