SEE OUR 2017 IMPACT REPORT HERE!

Furry Friends has adopted the no-kill equation — the only proven way of creating a sustainable no-kill community. A part of any no-kill community is transparency. Our statistics are available on this page, and we are constantly working towards transparency communitywide so that the amount of need in our community can adequately be assessed.

Transparency also allows the community to evaluate programs and invest in the most effective and efficient solutions that provide all animals with a loving, responsible home.

In 2013, Furry Friends committed to accepting all animals from West Des Moines, Clive, and Urbandale animal control that have not been reclaimed within the stray hold time to ensure those animals are also protected by the no-kill commitment.

A no-kill community is one that doesn’t kill healthy or treatable pets. There are many different interpretations of what “healthy and treatable” means, but the communities leading the way have found that at least 90 percent of pets entering the shelter fit into one of these two categories. Thus, communities that are considered no-kill save 90 percent or more of the pets that enter the shelters.

Below you can see our intake/outcome statistics for the current year (updated quarterly) and the most recent full year. (More detailed statistics from previous years are available here.)

2018 intakes (1/1/18 to 3/31/18)

 DogsCatsSmall AnimalsTotal
Owner surrender305716103
Return**1933456
Stray64532119
Transfer in75012
Total12014822290

**Returns are animals adopted from Furry Friends at any point

 

2018 outcomes (1/1/18 to 3/31/18)

 DogsCatsSmall AnimalsTotal
Adoption6718515267
Euthanized/Died010010
Return to Owner/Guardian569065
Transfer out1012
Total12420416344
Live Release Rate100%95%100%97%

 

2018 intakes (4/1/18 to 6/30/18)

 DogsCatsSmall AnimalsTotal
Owner Surrender249612132
Return**1024236
Stray10216213277
Transfer in6122083
Total19730427528

**Returns are animals adopted from Furry Friends at any point

 

2018 outcomes (4/1/18 to 6/30/18)

 DogsCatsSmall AnimalsTotal
Adoption10818220310
Euthanized/Died112215
Return to Owner/Guardian79241104
Transfer out1102
Total18921923431
Live Release Rate99.5%94.5%91.3%96.5%

 

2017 intakes

 DogsCatsSmall AnimalsTotal
Owner/Guardian Surrender71326115512
Return**4711111169
Stray29847224794
Transfer In5610737200
Total47210161871675

**Returns are animals adopted from Furry Friends at any point

 

2017 outcomes

 DogsCatsSmall AnimalsTotal
Adoption2118461781235
Euthanized/Died364572
Return to Owner/Guardian249656320
Transfer Out818026
Total4719931891653
Live Release Rate99.4%93.6%97.4%95.6%

**Return to owner includes animals reunited through our contract with WestPet Animal Control, beginning March 1