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2016: Quarter 1 statistics

April 29, 2016

With a steady intake of dogs over the last quarter, our North Melbourne and Cranbourne shelters have maintained their rehomed, reclaimed and euthanasia rates from the previous quarter. Overall dog euthanasia currently rests at 8.3% between January and March 2016.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne dogs
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 4
October – December 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Incoming 11,865 2,793 2,708
Rehomed 15.35% 17.12% 17.1%
Euthanasia 11.77% 8.2% 8.3%
Reclaimed 71.81% 73% 72.8%
Other 1.07% 1.6% 2.7%
Total 100% 99.92% 100.9%

Incoming animal totals may appear less or greater than outgoing totals due to animals already in our care at the cusps of the quarter.

With our Rescue Partnerships Program growing from strength to strength, 93 dogs were transferred to rescue groups.

Our Adoptions Team have reviewed the processes and procedures in rehoming cats and dogs resulting in improvements for average length of stay. Being mindful of seasonal differences, on average, dogs are waiting three fewer days for a new home today compared with six months ago; while cats are waiting 15 fewer days with an average wait of 20 days.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne cats
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 4
October – December 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Incoming 11,420 2,661 3,203
Rehomed 19.83% 21% 28.25%
Euthanasia 63.89% 64.3% 53%
Reclaimed 9.42% 8.35% 7%
Other 5.1% 6.3% 10.4%
Total 98.24% 99.95% 98.65%

One of the success stories of this quarter is the notable work performed with cats. We saw a marked seasonal increase in the numbers of cats entering the shelter between January and March 2016 with an additional 348 above the yearly average in our care. A 7.2% increase in the rate of adoptions which includes those which were transferred into the care of a partnering rescue group saw the adoption rate reach 28.25%. Similarly, the feline euthanasia rate fell 11.3% this quarter from 64.3% to 53%.

228 cats and kittens were transferred into the care of rescue groups while 127 felines were rehabilitated and found new homes through our newly formed Foster to Rescue program. The Foster to Rescue program is a new pathway for cats to be treated and cared for away from the shelter environment and adopted out via rescue.

Campaspe dogs Financial year
2014 -2015
Quarter 4
October – December 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Incoming 780 181 154
Rehomed 27.67% 31.64% 38%
Euthanasia 19.10% 14.3% 14.2%
Reclaimed 53.09% 53.44% 49%
Other 0.14% 1.72% 0.06%
Total 100% 101% 101.26%

While Campaspe shelter’s reclaim rate dipped 4.4% to 49%, the adoption rate increased 6.3% to 38% between January and March. The euthanasia rate for dogs remained steady at 14.2%; almost 5% below the financial year rate of 19.1%.

Campaspe cats Financial year
2014 -2015
Quarter 4
October – December 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Incoming 716 147 174
Rehomed 40.24% 30.85% 56.3%
Euthanasia 52.29% 63.13% 25.7%
Reclaimed 5.79% 5.14% 4%
Other 1.68% 0 0.4%
Total 100% 99.12% 86.4%

Our Campaspe shelter also experienced a higher than usual intake of cats over the summer season with 14% of these cats still awaiting adoption at the end of the first quarter, accounting for the total of 86.4%. With adoption rates increasing to 56.3% and euthanasia falling to 25.7%, cat outcomes have seen a positive turn this quarter. Please note that dips and spikes are more pronounced due to the lower overall incoming numbers of animals at Campaspe as well as seasonal factors.