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2016: Quarter 3 statistics

October 14, 2016

With a slight dip in the number of dogs reunited with their owners from our North Melbourne and Cranbourne shelters, our rehoming and euthanasia rates kept to standard levels without notable changes in the quarter of July to September 2016. During this time, 95 dogs and 78 cats were sent to a partner rescue group while 56 cats and kittens were placed in our Foster to Rescue program. The rescue program has expanded to include around 80 rescue groups. Forty-seven dogs successfully progressed through the behaviour program between July and September.

The incoming rate of dogs was at the same level as the previous quarter and significantly down from the peak summer quarter.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne dogs
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Quarter 3
July – September 2016
Incoming 11,865 2708 2300 2324
Rehomed 15.35% 17.1% 19.8% 19.5%
Euthanasia 11.77% 8.3% 9.2% 9.9%
Reclaimed 71.81% 72.8% 71.2% 70.2%
Other 1.07% 2.7% 1% 0.7%
Total 100% 100.9% 101.2% 100.3%

The Home took in 500 fewer felines between July and September 2016; typical for the winter season. The rehoming rate continued to sit higher than the average levels at 35 per cent during a period when we conducted fee-waived adoption drives as well as targeted online and radio campaigns aimed to elevate the value of cat ownership. Included in this figure were cats transferred into rescue groups. The euthanasia rate for felines continued to decline and was 10 per cent lower than the annual rate.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne cats
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Quarter 3
July – September 2016
Incoming 11,420 3203 2614 2074
Rehomed 19.83% 28.25% 37% 35.4%
Euthanasia 63.89% 53% 51.9% 53.1%
Reclaimed 9.42% 7% 10.8% 9.4%
Other 5.1% 10.4% 5.6% 5.7%
Total 98.24% 98.65% 105.3% 103.6%

The last three months were busier than expected at our Campaspe shelter with 200 arrivals. Despite this challenge, we remained on track and our live outcome rate improved upon last year’s figure. As we head toward our final months managing the Campaspe shelter we have run a half priced adoption campaign for dogs with cats fee-waived. Notwithstanding these efforts, eight per cent fewer dogs were rehomed during the quarter.

Campaspe dogs Financial year
2014 -2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016 
Quarter 3
July – September 2016 
Incoming 780 154 176 202
Rehomed 27.67% 38% 35.2% 27.2%
Euthanasia 19.10% 14.2% 14.7% 14.3%
Reclaimed 53.09% 49% 47% 65.8%
Other 0.14% 0.06% 2.8% 1.4%
Total 100% 101.26% 99.7% 108.7%

In what is usually a quiet time of the year for cats, the Campaspe shelter received an unusually large influx in the last quarter. This was due to an increase in wild cat trapping activity in the Shire, which reflected in our increased euthanasia rate for cats. Since September all cats at the Campaspe shelter were offered as fee waived adoptions. This will continue until November 1 2016, when we hand over management of the shelter to the Shire.

Campaspe cats Financial year
2014 -2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Quarter 3
July – September 2016
Incoming 716 174 131 165
Rehomed 40.24% 56.3% 63.3% 44.2%
Euthanasia 52.29% 25.7% 34.3% 62.4%
Reclaimed 5.79% 4% 12.2% 13.9%
Other 1.68% 0.4% 2.3% 1.8%
Total 100% 86.4% 112.1% 122.3%