Shelter Animals Count – 2018 Report

What does “no kill” mean?

At Heartland Animal Shelter, it means that each cat and dog under our care will be placed for adoption, even if they require medical or behavioral intervention or rehabilitation. We do not euthanize animals unless there is irremediable suffering, or in the rare event that a dog is too dangerous to rehabilitate and cannot be placed into the community safely and alternative placement options are unavailable.

What is Heartland’s save rate?

Since the shelter opened in 2002, we have been a no-kill organization. The national benchmark for save rate to be considered no-kill is 90%. Since 2007, we have saved at least 95% of the animals in our care each year. Now, we are saving 97.5-98.5% of animals annually, even with our increased focus on saving the most vulnerable populations of cats and dogs!

How is the save rate determined?

Shelters are able to choose the method they use to compute their save rate data which causes some inconsistencies in reporting. The Asilomar Accords permits shelters to remove some numbers from their live release data, including owner-requested euthanasia and animals that died or were lost in care. We do not consider those reports accurate.

We are firm supporters of a transparent “noses in, noses out” reporting approach. We believe that each cat and dog matters and we do not leave any animals out of our calculations, under any circumstance. We count each and every death and euthanasia in our numbers and even in doing so, we are proud to have achieved a 97.5% save rate in 2018. We are saving even more so far in 2019!

2018 Live Release Rate = 97.5%

Adult Up to 5 months UnknownAdultUp to 5 monthsUnknown
Beginning Animal Count (Date: 1/1/2018) 44006500109
Live Intakes
Stray / At Large 4 3 0231070137
Relinquished by Owner 71 6 03960122
Transferred in from Agency 342 69 081380530
Other Intakes 0 0 0368044
TOTAL LIVE INTAKE 41778 01791590833
Adoption 407 64 01571140742
Returned to Owner 0 0 02002
Transferred Out 700290036
Returned to Field 0003205
Subtotal: Live Outcomes 4146401911160785
Died in Care 4 1 024011
Shelter Euthanasia 3 3040010
Subtotal: Other Outcomes 74064021
TOTAL OUTCOMES4216801971200806
Ending Animal Count
(Date: 12/31/2018)


When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.