Gap Analysis Tool

Use your shelter data to increase lifesaving.


Saving 90% or more of the animals who enter shelters is the current benchmark for no-kill status. The Gap Analysis Tool is for shelter staff and leaders who have access to detailed shelter data and want to increase their shelter’s save rate. Rescues and support organizations can also use it to analyze their community’s shelter data. The tool will provide tailored results to help guide your lifesaving efforts, including recommended programs and tools to help you get started. 

Before you begin, you will need an annual data set, broken out by dogs and cats, that includes: 

  • Live intakes 
  • Live outcomes 
  • Other outcomes  

Depending on your shelter’s current save rate, you may also need detailed data such as intake type (stray or owner surrender, over-the-counter or field, etc.) or reason for euthanasia (medical, behavioral, etc.).

You will also need basic information about aspects of your shelter operations, such as animal care, field services and fostering. After you have gathered the necessary information, it will take about 10 minutes to complete the Gap Analysis Tool. 

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