Exercise 7


Overcrowding In Animal Shelters Sources Information

Source #1:

Simmons, Kaitlyn E, and Christy L Hoffman. Dogs on the Move: Factors Impacting Animal Shelter and Rescue Organizations’ Decisions to Accept Dogs from Distant Locations. pp. 1–15, Dogs on the Move: Factors Impacting Animal Shelter and Rescue Organizations’ Decisions to Accept Dogs from Distant Locations, eds.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=13&sid=73307dce-b172-46ce-8792-845933f47182%40sessionmgr103.


This report discusses the necessity of transferring shelter animals long distances in order to reduce overcrowding and the spread of disease among the animals. This study includes a survey of why animal shelters and organizations would make the decision to accept these transfer dogs. These reasons are listed out within the introduction of the study. The report also includes bar graphs and images that were a result of the participants of the survey including their age, gender, and what type of organization they were representing. I believe that this source will be helpful in proposing my solution about reducing animal shelter overcrowding. The report explains the solutions that are taken in order to reduce the stress of having too many animals in one shelter, and how organizations and shelters from longer distances would take these animals.


Source #2:

Menchetti , Laura, et al. “RandAgiamoTM, a Pilot Project Increasing Adoptability of Shelter Dogs in the Umbria Region (Italy).” Academic Search Premier [EBSCO], 14 Aug. 2015, eds.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=29&sid=73307dce-b172-46ce-8792-845933f47182%40sessionmgr103.


This source is a bit unique because its main focus is a project that originates from Italy known as “RandAgiamo.” The goal of this project is to help dogs get adopted easier by families and to help manage shelters that seeme to be overcrowded. Even though this project did not start in the US, their strategies can be applied in shelters in our country today. Their goal was to change the image of shelter dogs. They wanted these animals to have the opportunity to be adopted into a loving home with a caring family. Within this report, they provide diagrams of the strategies that they implemented in their project, and provide results of how the strategies worked in their program. Their program was successful in regards to a higher adoption rate in their shelter.

Source #3:

“Pet Statistics.” ASPCA, www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-stati....

On the ASPCA’s website, they have a page that is dedicated to statistics about how many animals are in shelters. These statistics include dogs and cats that are strays or animals that need to be rehomed. This information will be helpful in my proposal because they include how many animals are in shelters, and how this large number is the reason for overcrowding in shelters across the nation. I know that the ASPCA is a reliable source because they were one of the first humane society’s founded in North America, and have greatly contributed to the welfare of animals. They have over 2 million supporters as well. By using these statistics I can effectively discuss my proposal centered around animal shelter overcrowding.

Source #4:

Underwood, Jen. “Analyzing Animal Shelter Overcrowding.” Analytics Industry Highlights, 29 June 2017, www.jenunderwood.com/2017/06/29/analyzing-shelter-overcrowding/.

Jen Underwood  is the founder of an analytics company and has compiled research that she has done on the issues of animal overcrowding. She shares her own story of adopting her dog from the animal shelter and how the dog has been a wonderful addition to her family. She met a lady named Jill Dyche who donates a lot of her time to making sure that shelter animals get adopted. She has compiled a report of statistics on shelter animals, that Jen includes in her article. Jen discusses what to do if looking to find a shelter animal, and the process and steps one should take in order to do so. Also, she mentions the issues that go on inside of the shelters such as animal misplacement, and high euthanasia rates. This article/report will be helpful not only to provide statistics, but also to have a personal experience of adopting a shelter dog.

Issue at Hand:

Overall, in this proposal I am trying to come up with a solution to overcrowding in animal shelters across the nation. This solution theoretically could be used in order to reduce euthanasia rates and to reduce mislabeling (of the incorrect breed) in crowded shelters. Using these sources, I believe that over time I can create a useful and effective solution to the overpopulated animal shelters in communities where there is a high demand to find homes for these animals.