Information on NSW Pounds and Shelter Intakes – Dogs
Every month, about 4500-5000 dogs come into contact with the NSW pound system.
About 1000 of these are in the pound from the previous month, and about 3,500 to 4,000 new dogs join them. Of these, about 1,500 a month are reclaimed by their owners. See graph.
How and When Dogs Come into NSW Pounds (Data Source: NSW Office of Local Govt Pound Statistics 2013-2014)
Contrary to perceived wisdom, for 2013/14, December was actually the LOWEST intake month (though New Years Eve fireworks create their own special challenge), the real crush coming a few months after.
So how do these dogs end up in the pound, and are the numbers increasing or decreasing? See graph:
How dogs came into NSW pounds – 3 year trends 2012-2014
As can be seen, most dogs that end up in the pound are seized by council Rangers, followed by abandoned or strays. Some are pro-actively returned to owner without entering the pound system, which relieves pound resources (as distinct from those reclaimed by their owners from the pound).
So, what factors have driven the 9% reduction in dogs entering the NSW pound system from 2012 and 2014?
There were about 1,200 (9%) fewer stray dogs, and a massive 3,300 (nearly 10%) fewer dogs seized by council rangers. Counterbalancing this a little, nearly 1,000 (14%) fewer dogs were returned to their owners without entering the pound.
And 700 (14%) fewer surrenders to pounds, perhaps being surrendered to rescue instead?. Or maybe people are keeping their animals? (research continuing).
But what becomes of these unclaimed dogs? And how do we (1) reduce the gap between intake and reclaim, and (2) rehome the maximum possible number of those left? Continued here.
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