Save Rate Reports & Awards

Each year Michigan Pet Fund Alliance uses a variety of available data sources to determine if progress is being made toward becoming a no kill state. 

The most important data set available is from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD): the annual shelter reports submitted by licensed shelters.

Licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development:

185 Total Licensed Shelters(Open & Limited Admission, Rescue, Blood Services, Rabbit, Ferret, Sanctuary, Animal Hospitals) 

In 2014, 162 shelters filed reports which were included on MPFA’s 2014 Michigan Shelters by Save and Live Release Rate report which can be viewed here

58 Open Admission Shelters

80 Limited Admission Shelters/AC Pounds 

5 Animal Hospitals (providing AC hold facilities/some adopt)

34 Licensed Rescues (w/ sheltering or boarding facilities, no public hours)   

1 Other (Sanctuary or Crisis Centers)

No Licensing Required:  Home-based Foster Rescue Organizations: Hundreds, but no way of telling

Term definitions:
Open Admission = Accepting all strays even if full and accepting or making arrangements for owner surrender when full, can be restricted to a geography and managed intake.

Limited Admission = Only accepting animals when space is available at the shelter or in foster homes, selecting animals for intake.

Adjusted Intake = Intake minus Owner Request Destroy where it is counted in intake.

Save Rate is determined by the percent of adopted and returned to owner of total intake.

Live Release Rate is determined by the percent of adopted, returned to owner, and transferred of total intake.

8-Year history 2.8.16


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