Of the nearly 4000 dogs entering the NSW pound system each month, about 45% are reclaimed by owner.
That leaves nearly 2000 per month unclaimed (see Intake info
So what happens to them?
NSW Pound Outcomes by Month – Dogs – 2013/2014
About 350 per month are rehomed direct from the pound (blue). More than double that – about 770 per month – are transferred to shelters or to ‘rescue’ (green – though RSPCA pounds include internal reshuffling in this number to make their stats look better).
Unfortunately, that leaves about 700 per month who are PTS (red), plus some who die or escape from the pound.
Despite this carnage, there is always hope. And it is this: the better performing pounds achieve kill rates down in low single figure percentages, or lower, while others are 20-50% or above (and cats is a whole other horror story for another time). That means that low kill rates are possible, and that by ‘high-kill’ pounds adopting the proven ‘low-kill’ strategies and community engagement, we can make a huge impact.
Try the Interactive tools here to see the disparity in pound outcomes – even amongst similar pounds and within regions.
And of those rehomed, how is this achieved? See below:
NSW Rescue Groups rehome more cats and dogs than all council pounds, and nearly as many as RSPCA pounds and shelters combined. (and this rescue group rehoming data is only partial – real numbers are even higher)
This graph includes direct surrenders. But of those coming into the system through impounding, more are rehomed via community rescue groups than through either through RSPCA or direct from the pound.