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Gap Analysis Tool

Use your shelter data to increase lifesaving.

Want to increase your shelter’s save rate? Need to identify which programs will help you save more dogs’ and cats’ lives? Use our Gap Analysis Tool. 

Using the Gap Analysis Tool is simple. First, enter your shelter data and answer a few questions. Next, the tool determines the gap between your shelter's current save rate and the no-kill benchmark (90 percent or higher). Finally, the tool identifies lifesaving programs to help close the gap based on your shelter's specific needs. 

To start using the tool, you'll need:

  • A full year of data divided into categories for both dogs and cats, including: 
    • Live intakes
    • Live outcomes
    • Other outcomes
  • Basic information about your shelter operations, such as animal care, field services and fostering
  • Depending on your shelter’s current save rate, you may also be asked to provide  animal intake type (stray or owner surrender, over-the-counter, or field, etc.) and reason for euthanasia (medical, behavioral, etc.) so that we can provide you with more customized recommendations. 



Who should use the Gap Analysis Tool? 

The Gap Analysis Tool is perfect for animal shelter staff and volunteers who want a customized plan to help their shelter increase lifesaving. The tool can also be employed by rescue groups, using their community's shelter data. 

The Gap Analysis Tool is also used by students as part of several courses offered by Southern Utah University and Best Friends. 

What does the Gap Analysis Tool do? 

This tool will help your shelter increase its save rate for dogs and cats by recommending lifesaving programs and resources based on your shelter’s specific needs.

How does the tool learn about my shelter? 

Once you input your shelter’s annual data, the Gap Analysis Tool will analyze it and, based on the results, pinpoint up to five programs that can help you save more lives. 

How can I get started? 

You will need access to the data and information about your shelter listed above. After you have gathered the necessary information, it will take about 10 minutes to complete. 

Have your data ready? Click the start button above to begin.