Our Impact

We serve more than 10,000 animals every single year through sheltering, spay/neuter and wellness services, emergency food assistance, and various other programs. Our services & programs benefit animals and their people in any county, not just Vanderburgh County. In fact, in 2017 more than 20% of the animals we sheltered came from Warrick, Posey, and other counties!

Our impact over the past four years:


Intakes (+ Inventory)AdoptionsTransferred OutReturned to Owner (RTO)Died/EuthanizedSpay/Neuter SurgeriesLive Release Rate
2017
2,9392,203163101331*pending*88%
2016
2,9892,0782271034387,83885%
2015
2,4091,738236704727,323
81%
2014
2,3681,43523478564--74%

In 2017, our live release rate was 88%!

We are extremely proud of the progress we have made to improve the lives of animals in our community. In 1997, we took in 2,953 animals (comparable to our population now) but had to euthanize 1,250 of them. This placed us at a 58% live release rate*, or "save rate." While that is a sad number, it's an important part of our history to show how far we've come and how far the community has come. Since that time, over the course of 20 years, we have improved the outcomes of local animals in shelters through the opening of our Spay & Neuter Clinic in 2007, robust adoption & foster care programs, and a wide range of humane education and assistance services. Thanks to those initiatives, we are now at an 88% live release rate for 2017! But there is still work to be done. Select "Get Involved" above to see how you can help continue our mission even further in the future.

*Live release rate: 
Live Outcomes (Adoptions + Transferred Out + RTO) divided by Total Outcomes = Live Release Rate. This accounts for animals who were currently in inventory (with no outcome yet) on December 31st of each year.

Example for 2016:
2,408 Live Outcomes divided by 2,846 Total Outcomes = 84.6% live release

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