Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR), in partnership with leading national animal welfare organizations, has officially launched Shelter Animals Count: The National Database Project – a first-of-its-kind platform for the collection and reporting of animal shelter data for organizations across the country.
The database, which can be found here, is focused on promoting the importance of data collection. As membership increases, the database will measure progress across the animal welfare space on a national level, inspire life-saving collaboration and increased public engagement, and have a positive impact on pet homelessness in the future.
HSPPR President and CEO Jan McHugh-Smith serves as Vice Chair on the Shelter Animals Count Board of Directors.
“Shelter Animals Count will provide a supportive role in the collection of data at the local and national level,” McHugh-Smith said. “It is an exciting advancement for animal welfare.”
A variety of efforts have been undertaken over the past few decades to create a platform for shelter data reporting, yet no national or centralized system existed for consolidated shelter data until now. In late 2011, several animal welfare organizations convened and began to envision the creation of a national shelter database. In the fall of 2012, a formal governing Board of Directors was established, who then incorporated Shelter Animals Count – an independent non-profit created to bring the national shelter database to life.
Once an initial baseline of data has been gathered, Shelter Animals Count will be able to provide comparative reports – including shelter and U.S. Census data through a Tableau® Software interface – by mid-2016. These reports will be viewable and sortable by the public on the Shelter Animals Count website to allow for community comparisons using variables such as population, education and income levels.
In addition to HSPPR, board membership of Shelter Animals Count includes key representation from the following organizations: Animal Assistance Foundation; Animal Humane Society, MN; The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals); Association of Shelter Veterinarians; Best Friends Animal Society; The Humane Society of the United States; Maddie's Fund; National Animal Care & Control Association; National Council on Pet Population; Petco Foundation; PetSmart Charities; Society of Animal Welfare Administrators; University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine; University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine; and Wisconsin Humane Society.