Turning Data Into Lives Saved

A national shelter database has launched in the United States! This collaborative project is a first-of-its-kind initiative to gather data at the local, state and national level on animals and animal shelters in the U.S. How many animals enter U.S. shelters? How many animals are moving among those shelters and rescues as transfers? What can we learn from other communities where more - or fewer - lives are saved? These, and so many other questions can only be answered if shelters and rescues join us in agreeing that we can turn data into lives saved!

Key Learnings
1. How Shelter Animals Count and the National Database Project came to be.
2. The basics of quality data collection in animal shelters and the basic data matrix, a nationally-recognized tool in the U.S. for data collection and sharing.
3. Exploring the National Database portal, demonstrating the shelter registration and data entry portal.

Shelter Animals Count is a new national organization in the United States, formed by a diverse group of partners focused on creating and sharing a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights that will help shelters save lives. For more information please visit, www.shelteranimalscount.org.


Jodi Lytle Buckman
Jodi Lytle Buckman is a Senior Director of Community Outreach for the American SPCA. She serves as a policy advisor, and represents the ASPCA while working in partnership with other national organizations, including the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and Shelter Animals Count. With more than 25 years of experience working in non-profit animal welfare and protection, she has served as an Executive Director for shelters in Maine, Minnesota and Ohio and achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation in 2006.