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2016: Quarter 4 statistics

January 23, 2017

October to December 2016 was an extra busy time at our North Melbourne and Cranbourne shelters with 127 more dogs than the previous quarter.

Throughout that time, the Home’s North Melbourne and Cranbourne shelters reunited 6.2 per cent more dogs with their owners than the previous quarter and the general average. We will continue to observe the factors that have led to this increase in the forthcoming months, however increased repetition in the follow-up of ownership as early as practicable may be having a positive effect on overall reclaim rates for dogs.

Similarly, there was a three per cent reduction in euthanasia and a 4.9 per cent reduction in adoptions – this can be attributed to the higher rate of reclaims during that period.

A total of 50 dogs and puppies were transferred into the care of our rescue partners for rehoming after some additional time away from the shelter while 49 dogs progressed through our behaviour program.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne dogs
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Quarter 3
July – September 2016
Quarter 4
October – December 2016
Incoming 11,865 2708 2300 2324 2451
Rehomed 15.35% 17.1% 19.8% 19.5% 14.6%
Euthanasia 11.77% 8.3% 9.2% 9.9% 6.9%
Reclaimed 71.81% 72.8% 71.2% 70.2% 76.4%
Other 1.07% 2.7% 1% 0.7% 0.41%
Total 100% 100.9% 101.2% 100.3% 98.3%

 

There were 846 (41 per cent) more cats and kittens in our care in Quarter 4 than in Quarter 3. The higher levels of incoming cats and kittens to the shelter during the quarter were expected as standard during spring. The previous months’ adoption promotions saw a spike in adoptions which settled during the last quarter to typical rates of 28 per cent.

Reclaim rates for cats (which continue to be a challenge for shelters) fell 2.8 per cent. We are concentrating on ways to permanently boost the numbers of cats reunited with their owners.

Despite the influx of felines during the quarter, the euthanasia rate remained steady at 52% which was consistent across all of 2016 – that is, over 11 per cent reduction on 2015 rates.

Our rescue program sent 164 cats and kittens to partners while 197 progressed through our Foster to Rescue Program. A total of 361 felines found new homes through our rescue initiatives and we are grateful for the dedication of our foster carers and rescue partners for helping us achieve this.

North Melbourne
& Cranbourne cats
Financial year
2014 – 2015
Quarter 1
January – March 2016
Quarter 2
April – June 2016
Quarter 3
July – September 2016
Quarter 4
October – December 2016
Incoming 11,420 3203 2614 2074 2920
Rehomed 19.83% 28.25% 37% 35.4% 28.4%
Euthanasia 63.89% 53% 51.9% 53.1% 52.5%
Reclaimed 9.42% 7% 10.8% 9.4% 6.6%
Other 5.1% 10.4% 5.6% 5.7% 3.9%
Total 98.24% 98.65% 105.3% 103.6% 91.4%