Shelter Animals Count today announced the launch of a 2016 Data Drive
, including over $20,000 in grants and gifts to database participants, to boost completeness of the first full year of data in the National sheltering database.
The National Database Project – a first-of-its-kind platform for the collection and reporting of animal shelter data for organizations across the country – was launched in November 2015 and has since grown to over 4200 participating organizations providing their rescue and shelter data each month. As membership and data continue to increase, the database project will be able to measure progress across the animal welfare space on a national level, inspire life-saving collaboration and increased public engagement, and have a positive impact on pet homelessness in the future.
The Data Drive intends to help with that by incenting current database participants as well as new registrants to ensure all 12 months of data for 2016 are entered and complete by February 14, after which Shelter Animals Count will prepare its first, full-year data publish on their website (shelteranimalscount.org). The 2016 dataset will provide comparative reports – including shelter and U.S. Census data, and will be viewable and sortable by the public to allow for community comparisons using variables such as population, education and income levels.
Shelter Animals Count’s sponsoring and supporting organizations have stepped up to support the campaign, contributing financial incentives and other prizes to qualified database participants. A randomized drawing will be held by March 1 to announce the Data Drive prize recipients. Shelters and rescues that have not yet joined Shelter Animals Count are encouraged to register and enter their 2016 data prior to the deadline to also be eligible.
About Shelter Animals Count
Shelter Animals Count is a collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create, steward and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights that will save lives.
A variety of efforts have been undertaken over the past few decades to create a platform for shelter data reporting, yet no national or centralized system existed for consolidated shelter data until now.
Board membership of Shelter Animals Count includes key representation from the following organizations: Animal Humane Society, MN; the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals); Association of Shelter Veterinarians; Best Friends Animal Society; Humane Society of the Pike’s Peak Region; The Humane Society of the United States; Maddie’s Fund; National Animal Care & Control Association; National Council on Pet Population; Petco Foundation; PetSmart Charities; Society of Animal Welfare Administrators; University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine; University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine; and Wisconsin Humane Society.