SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden and her adopted dog Wingnut were joined by Pinellas County Animal Services bureau director Doug Brightwell, Humane Society of Pinellas executive director Stacey Hannouche and Friends of Strays executive director Dara Eckart for a news conference to announce the Pinellas County Pet Partnership’s 2017 Animal Welfare Report.
Highlights from the 2017 Pinellas County Animal Welfare Report include:
- Overall intake decreased 17% for dogs and 23% for cats
- Stray intake down 27%
- Owner surrender has decreased by 21 percent over the past five years.
- Other Intake is predominantly wildlife, which has increased 10% over the past five years. Two agencies accept wildlife: SPCA Tampa Bay & Humane Society of Pinellas.
The number of stray animals has decreased by 27 percent over the past five years, however, the number of animals returned to their owners has remained roughly the same during the same time frame. This suggests that proportionately more animals are being returned to their owners, but more analysis with complete data is needed.
2017 SPCA Tampa Bay Month by Month
2016 SPCA Tampa Bay Month by Month
The objective is to create a shared reporting methodology. Figures and rates are shown for dogs, cats and other species – rabbits, hamsters, birds, wildlife. Live release is calculated using the ASPCA’s formula. The rate is calculated by dividing the number of live outcomes (animals returned to their owners, adopted or transferred to other organizations) by the number of live (strays, owner surrenders, etc.) admissions.