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2016: Quarter 2 statistics

August 4, 2016

Over the last quarter from April to June 2016 the Home experienced a decrease in the number of incoming dogs overall. Typically, dog intake is higher for shelters during the summer months and this, coupled with additional rehoming options for the community saw approximately 400 fewer dogs reach our North Melbourne and Cranbourne shelters.

This also meant that the dogs who needed our care, come to us with more challenging medical and behavioural needs before being rehomed. Our rehomed rate increased three percent from the previous quarter and five percent compared with our annual rates.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne dogs
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Incoming 11,865 2708 2300
Rehomed 15.35% 17.1% 19.8%
Euthanasia 11.77% 8.3% 9.2%
Reclaimed 71.81% 72.8% 71.2%
Other 1.07% 2.7% 1%
Total 100% 100.9% 101.2%

Our Behaviour Team has grown with additional trainers on board who have rehabilitated and successfully adopted out 49 dogs while our Rescue Partnerships Program transferred 85 dogs into the care of rescue groups and 123 cats and kittens including 22 felines that went into our Foster to Rescue program.

Overall dog euthanasia increased under a percent to 9.2 between April and June 2016.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne cats
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Incoming 11,420 3203 2614
Rehomed 19.83% 28.25% 37%
Euthanasia 63.89% 53% 51.9%
Reclaimed 9.42% 7% 10.8%
Other 5.1% 10.4% 5.6%
Total 98.24% 98.65% 105.3%

Cat intake reduced to standard levels from April to June with 2614 lost, stray and wild cats received at our North Melbourne and Cranbourne shelters – 590 fewer than during the summer months.

Cat reclaims saw an extraordinary increase of four per cent to 10.8 per cent while euthanasia decreased further from last quarter just over a per cent to 51.9. We also rehomed 8.7 per cent more cats and kittens this quarter.

123 cats and kittens were transferred into the care of rescue groups while 22 felines were rehabilitated and found new homes through our newly formed Foster to Rescue program. The Foster to Rescue program is a 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 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016 
Incoming 780 154 176
Rehomed 27.67% 38% 35.2%
Euthanasia 19.10% 14.2% 14.7%
Reclaimed 53.09% 49% 47%
Other 0.14% 0.06% 2.8%
Total 100% 101.26% 99.7%

Campaspe saw an increase in dogs at the shelter throughout this quarter while the rehomed and reclaim rates slightly dropped by around two per cent.

Overall, the adoption and euthanasia rates have improved respectively on 2014 -15 financial year comparison.

Campaspe cats Financial year
2014 -2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Incoming 716 174 131
Rehomed 40.24% 56.3% 63.3%
Euthanasia 52.29% 25.7% 34.3%
Reclaimed 5.79% 4% 12.2%
Other 1.68% 0.4% 2.3%
Total 100% 86.4% 112.1%

Intake of cats was slightly down after the summer season with a seven per cent increase in rehomed rates of cats as a result of the campaign promotions at the shelter and the ongoing efforts of staff to find felines their adopted match.

However, some of the statistical changes are not representative due to the low numbers of cats at Campaspe as reflected in the four per cent increase of reclaimed cats and the eight and a half per cent increase in euthanasia.