Animal Shelter Statistics

Reporting period - January 1 to March 31, 2016

Hamilton Animal Services is often asked for statistics on the outcome of animals in the shelter:

Animals received by the shelter

Animals received by the shelter infographic

 How Animals are received by the shelter between January 1 and March 31, 2016

Owner Surrender
The animal was given up to Animal Services by the owner.

Stray
The animal was found wandering at large and was brought to Animal Services in the hopes to find its owner.

Other
Any other way an animal could arrive at the shelter. There are times when an animal is brought to the shelter during an emergency with the owner. Animal Services takes in animals at the request of Emergency Services (Fire, Ambulance, Police) to make sure the animal is cared for while the owner is not able to do so.


Outcomes for animals received by the shelter

Outcomes for animals received at the shelter January 1 to March 31, 2016     Outcome for animals received at the shelter January 1 to March 31, 2016

Back Home to Owner
An animal is claimed by their owner and goes back home.

Rescue Organization
An animal is chosen by a rescue organization for their adoption program.

SPCA
The animal is chosen by the Hamilton Burlington SPCA for their adoption program.

Euthanized
An animal is humanely euthanized by a Veterinarian.


Reasons for Euthanasia

Reasons for Euthanasia January 1 to March 31, 2016

  • Behaviour - an animal is exhibiting an unwanted behaviour (not aggression issues) and an adoption placement is not found. (i.e. urinating in the house, not using litterbox, marking etc.)
  • Temperament - an animal is acting aggressively in the shelter and is severe enough to be a concern for public safety.
  • Age - animal is too old to have good quality of life or the animal is too young to survive without its mother and an adoption placement is not found.
  • Health - animal is in poor health and is not considered to be able to live with a quality of life or the animal is in the shelter with a health condition that can no longer be cared for and an adoption placement is not found.
  • Owner Request - when an owner surrenders their animal and requests it to be euthanized for reasons other than the above listed reasons.

Hamilton Animal Services has worked very hard to reduce the euthanasia rates. For the first time in 2015, zero animals were euthanized due to lack of space in the shelter. In 2015, Animal Services did not accept incoming cats four times until more had been transferred to rescue groups and the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA.


Animal Shelter statistical data:

Animal Shelter historical data: