Module 6: The Case of the Overwhelmed Shelter

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD


A brown and white dog stands behind a chain link gate in a shelter


Module Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate shelter performance by analyzing trends over time in intake, outcomes, live release rate, and length of stay.
  • Calculate length of stay, housing capacity, required holding capacity, staffing capacity, and adoption-driven capacity, and interpret how these metrics impact capacity for care.
  • Utilize population management rounds to identify and correct barriers to animal flow-through.
  • Explain how effective population management practices are critical to achieving capacity for care.
  • Examine capacity for care in various shelter settings and propose solutions for those that are beyond capacity for care.



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