Essential to understanding the state of animal welfare in our community and nationwide is statistical transparency. Longmont Humane Society (LHS) is a proud participant in Shelter Animals Count, a coalition collecting information about sheltered animals nationwide to build a meaningful database to assess animal welfare progress and have a positive, life-saving impact. Additionally, LHS annually provides essential statistics to the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) Program which is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of shelter animals in Colorado.
LHS internally tracks essential measurements on a yearly basis to get a broad idea of community needs and shelter successes. Two of the primary measurements used are:
Length of Stay
Number of days a dog or cat stays at LHS, broken down (1) date of entry into the shelter until outcome and (2) date an animal becomes available for adoption until outcome.
From Date of Entry to Outcome
2020: 24.2 days cats/16.8 days dogs
2019: 29.3 days cats/19 days dogs
2018: 24 days cats/17 days dogs
From Date Available for Adoption to Outcome
2020: 6.8 days cats/8 days dogs
2019: 10.6 days/11.2 days dogs
2018: 8 days cats/9 days dogs
Live Release Rate (LRR)
LRR is a meaningful parameter to indicate a community’s progress toward improving outcomes for its animals. LRR is calculated by dividing the number of animals that leave LHS alive through adoption, return-to-owner, or transfer to another non-profit agency that can guarantee a home for all of the animals it receives from LHS, by the total number of live animals received in any given year. Live Release Rate for Cats and Dogs Combined: