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Identifying Best Practices in Animal Sheltering

The aim is to identify animal sheltering practices that optimize outcomes for the animals and communities they serve.

While enormous progress in live release rates from animal shelters has been made across the US over the last several decades, improvements in practices for animals, staff and the communities served are needed. My research group is studying the impacts of animal sheltering practices at both the levels of individual shelters and of systems of shelters and rescues. A recent study analyzed trends in the intake and outcomes for dogs and cats in animal shelters and rescues across the entire state of Colorado from 2000-15. Other studies are assessing the impacts of innovative sheltering practices, moral distress in shelter staff and public attitudes toward shelters and rescues as sources of pets.