""The animal shelter last reported a 67.4 percent live release rate for August 2010 in comparison to 64.7 percent in August 2009. The rate refers to the percentage of animals that leave the shelter alive through adoptions, transfers and owner redemptions. The adoption rate for the shelter was at its highest for 2010, hitting 32 percent of total intake. ""
A lousy 3% and he is bragging like something great has happened? Note that he didn't bother to report this record setting 3%, just referring to the best ever month for "live releases". That 3% probably has ended up with hoarders.
Anyone drunk enough to read the latest post on the Whino's blog sees that he is right up on his bragging rights for Austin. Word has it that the officials in Austin are seeing through this game and Austin hasn't quite fell into the quagmire of Nathan Winograd yet. This article was written over a year ago but rings quite true today and the way that the Whino gets to his "figures" that he thinks justifies "No Kill". It is and always has been a numbers game with him.
Web Posted: 05/15/2009 12:00 CDT
""ACS policy only masks problem
If a basketball team lowered its goal from 10 feet to 8 feet, it would certainly generate some impressive offensive numbers. But those numbers would be meaningless to a real understanding of the team's true ability. Changing the parameters changes the results.
But that's exactly what Animal Care Services has been doing to help generate numbers that show San Antonio making progress toward its no-kill goal in 2012.
The city's euthanasia numbers have dropped by almost half in recent years, from nearly 50,000 dogs and cats in 2004 to about 26,000 animals last year. That decrease is due in part to more aggressive efforts at adoption and a campaign to increase the number of spayed and neutered animals.
But as Express-News reporter Brian Chasnoff revealed last week, the lower number of euthanized animals is also the result of a policy to limit the amount of strays ACS accepts.
Sources told the newspaper ACS officers routinely pick up only sick, injured or aggressive strays. Residents who try to leave animals at the ACS facility are discouraged or turned away.
The focus on lowering a number, rather than dealing comprehensively with the animal control problem, has some predictable consequences. One is that more, healthy, breeding animals are running loose in the streets. Another is that, according to ACS, reported animal bites doubled over the course of a year from about 2,400 to 4,800.
Gary Hendel, the new ACS director, had some encouraging comments on the numbers game. Public safety should be the priority, he said. “The citizens are paying for animal control.”
Hendel is correct.
San Antonio has a huge animal-population problem, one that is the result of irresponsible pet owners. Masking it by limiting the intake of strays may temporarily generate some positive euthanasia numbers. But it does nothing to solve the problem.""
I think this says it all.