More cats and kittens have been adopted by the RSPCA and reclaimed by their owners this year than in any previous year, 28,968 cats (54.86%), reflecting the success of new adoption approaches and programs (see figures 6, 7 and 8).
There has been an increase of 1,078 in the number of cats and kittens adopted by the RSPCA and reclaimed by their owners this year when compared to 2013-14.
An additional measure for monitoring change over time is the live release rate (LRR). The 2014-2015 live release rate for cats and kittens was 62.59%. The LRR is the percentage of cats that were adopted, reclaimed by their owner or transferred to a rescue group or other non-RSPCA facility as a percentage of the total number of cats received (not including those currently in care or categorised as ‘other’) for the 2014-2015 financial year.
Despite more cats and kittens being adopted and reclaimed than in any previous year, unfortunately, 32.95% (17,398) of cats/kittens were still humanely euthanased (see figure 9).
With the increasing uptake of microchip identification for cats, we are hopeful to see an increase in the number of lost cats that are reunited with their owners over the coming years.
Figure 6: Percentage of cats adopted, reclaimed and live release rate from the RSPCA 2009-2015
Figure 7: Outcomes for cats 2014-15
Figure 8: Outcomes for cats selected years 2002-2015
Figure 9: Reasons for euthanasia of cats 2014-15