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Porter County Animal Shelter releases intake and outcome data

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The Porter County Animal Shelter reports that adoptions are up in the first half of 2018 and it has maintained no kill status.

Of 440 outcomes as of June 30, 52 percent were adoptions, 28 percent were returned to owners, and 13 percent were transfers to rescue groups. When compared to the first six months of last year, adoptions were up by 57 percent and return to owners were up by 19 percent.

From January 1 through June 30, the shelter had 438 animal intakes compared to 355 during the first six months of 2017. Of the total, 64 percent were strays, 14 percent were owner surrenders, 7 percent were adoption returns and 8 percent were seized through law enforcement actions.

“This is the first reporting period that reflects the impact of the addition of animals from Portage,” said Shelter Director Toni Bianchi. “It’s not just animals brought to us by Portage Animal Control, but also public drop-off of strays and owner surrenders from Portage citizens.”

“It is clear that our new shelter facility is yielding very positive results,” said Bianchi. “Not only can we take in more animals, we now have a shelter that is designed to be less stressful on the animals and provides the functionality we need to better train and socialize them. And that results in more adoptions.”

Of the outcomes, 3.18 percent (15) were the result of euthanization, two for aggressive behaviors and 12 for medical reasons. It is an improvement over the 4.23 percent rate from the first half of 2017. The standard for achieving no kill status is that the shelter maintains a euthanization rate below 10 percent.

The Porter County Animal Shelter continues to be one of the only shelters in northwest Indiana that is transparent by publishing their income and outcome data every six months. Intake and outcome reports dating back to 2015 are available on the Shelter’s website at



Posted 8/28/2018




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