During 2014-15 the RSPCA received 46,595 dogs and achieved the highest adoption/reunited with owners rate to date with 74.48% of dogs being adopted or reunited with their owners (see figures 2, 3 and 4).
An additional measure for monitoring change over time is the live release rate (LRR). The 2014-2015 LRR for dogs was 83.99%, which is an increase of 1.46% compared to the previous year. The LRR is the percentage of dogs 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 dogs received (not including those currently in care or categorised as ‘other’ ) for the 2014-2015 financial year.
Figure 2: Percentage of dogs adopted, reclaimed and live release from the RSPCA 2009-2015
Figure 3: Outcomes for dogs 2014-15
Figure 4: Outcomes for dogs selected years 2002-2015
Many more owners reclaim lost dogs from the RSPCA than they do lost cats (19, 057, 40.90% of dogs compared to 2,426, 4.59% of cats). The increased use of microchip identification of dogs supports reuniting lost dogs with their owner.
This increase in adoption and reuniting with owners is the result of our proactive tracing services, promotional, care, and rehabilitation activities leading to a decrease in euthanasia.
Sadly, 14.52% (6,765) of dogs/puppies were still humanely euthanased (see figure 5). We remain focused on adopting all animals that are suitable for adoption.
Of dogs euthanased, the majority of cases are because of severe behavioural issues (67.81%). This includes aggression and severe anxiety that the RSPCA is not able to or has not been able to treat through behavioural modification programs. Such issues can compromise the dog’s welfare and quality of life and can be a safety risk to adults and children and other animals.
Figure 5: Reasons for euthanasia of dogs 2014-15