How to Make the Most of Shelter Data: Creating A National Strategy

Dr. Kim Lambert, DVM, MSc
Ontario Veterinary College


Research on companion animal relinquishment has largely relied on data from sheltering organizations in order to understand this complex societal issue. It has become clear that shelter data, though valuable, has lacked standardized approaches to collection that limit its potential for improving animal welfare. By standardizing data collection at sheltering organizations, more accurate and reliable data will be available to drive efforts to effectively reduce relinquishment and euthanasia.

This interactive workshop will engage stakeholders in joining the dialogue on standardized approaches to shelter data collection. Contributions from all stakeholders are needed to continue the momentum towards a collaborative effort to collect data in the most effective and efficient way. Building on the ideas that have already laid the foundation of current initiatives, this workshop will encourage identification of next steps to advance shelter data collection and standardized approaches.

Key Learnings:
1. Gain an understanding of the value of standardized approaches to shelter data collection
2. Gain an understanding of how to overcome the challenges to standardized approaches
3. Collaborate with and learn from other stakeholders about current initiatives to identify next steps to advance shelter data collection and its standardization


Dr. Kim Lambert received her DVM and MSc degrees from the University of Guelph. She is currently the Manager of the Medical Communications Program at the Ontario Veterinary College. Her research focused on companion animal relinquishment, and she is involved in the Shelter Data Working Group, an Ontario initiative.