Shelter Animals Count

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Animal Statistics Reporting 
Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives. Over 3,380 organizations currently participate in the program, reporting their numbers monthly so that they can be analyzed by industry experts and explored by the general public. Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary is proud to be one of those organizations.
As a Best Friends Network Partner, Kindness Ranch was already collecting and reporting monthly animal statistics for all of our companion animals. When Shelter Animals Count went live in early 2016, we made the switch, along with all Best Friends partners.
Here you can find our yearly reported companion animal statistics, starting from 2014.
Note: "Other" category refers to companion animals other than cats and dogs, i.e. rabbits or ferrets. This does not include our farm animals, who are typically lifelong residents.
Live Release Rate definition: To calculate our Live Release Rate, we take the number of "live outcomes" for the year (adoptions and transfers) and divide it by the total number of outcomes for the year (adoptions, transfers, humane euthanasias, died or lost in care)
2016 Year End Report
2016 Live Release Rate: 97.7% (1 animal humanely euthanized)
2015 Year End Report
2015 Live Release Rate: 97.7% (1 animal humanely euthanized)
2014 Year End Report
2014 Live Release Rate: 100%
If you have any questions about these statistics or our participation in Shelter Animals Count, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-331-0445.
End-of-Life Decisions
Though our mission includes providing lifelong care for all of our animals, if needed, many of our cats and dogs are adopted well before any end-of-life decisions need to be made. Occasionally, an animal in our care may die of natural causes at our facility. This is the unfortunate reality we face by offering lifelong sanctuary to these animals.
We do not euthanize animals simply to make space, or for behavioral or medical problems unless our team determines that the animal no longer has an acceptable quality of life. Thankfully, these decisions are few and far between here at Kindness Ranch, and we do not take them lightly. We love and care for every animal who comes through our gate as if they are our own, and if they happen to take their last breath on our property, they are given a proper burial and small ceremony.