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A map of the 2019 national dataset

2019 National Data Set

This town hall is a deep dive into our brand new national data set. Watch and learn about our collective lifesaving progress towards No-Kill 2025 and how you can use data to increase lifesaving in your community. 


  • Brent Toellner, senior director of national programs, Best Friends Animal Society


  • Vicki Kilmer, director of business intelligence and strategy, Best Friends Animal Society
  • Teresa Salamone, senior manager of business intelligence and strategy, Best Friends Animal Society

  • Webinar Intro- Brent Toellner, Best Friends Animal Society. -0:02:00
  • Project introduction and why the data is important. -0:02:31
  • What are the differences between this data set and others that exist in the industry? -0:05:48
  • How is Best Friends collecting the data? -0:9:16 • What are some highlights of the 2019 data? -0:14:38
  • Define “No-Kill Community” in the context of the data set. -0:18:00 • What have the trends looked like over time? -0:19:00
  • Summary from 2016 to 2019. -0:20:39
  • Define “Lifesaving Gap” in the context of the data set. -0:21:30
  • How do challenges differ in various regions of the country? -0:23:15
  • Disparity between cats and dogs. -0:24:00
  • States with the largest lifesaving gaps. -0:25:29
  • What is the difference between “save rate” and “live release rate”? 0:29:40
  • Is it harder to maintain no-kill status versus reaching no kill status? -0:31:10
  • What can you tell us about no-kill sustainability? -0:32:20 • Public perception of No Kill? -0:34:12
  • How can people find out what is going on in their community regarding the data? -0:37:38
  • When was the public perception research done? -0:39:00
  • What do we see happening in 2020? Is there an impact from COVID? -0:40:00
  • Pet Lifesaving Dashboard intro. -0:43:00
  • Dashboard demo. -0:44:00
  • How can you see shelters in the local community that have not provided data? -0:50:17
  • Are there any plans to include other species beyond dogs and cats? -0:52:00
  • Where does this data leave us in reaching the 2025 goal? -0:53:45
  • Could the lower foster stats in April and May be due to decreased intake? -0:56:00
  • Does the data differentiate between open admission and closed admission shelters? -0:57:00
  • Did decreased intake during COVID cause a decreased lifesaving gap? -0:59:00
  • Can we use this dashboard to refer people to local shelters? -1:00:24
  • Do you think that the economic impact of COIVD will necessitate a new strategy? -1:01:26
  • What were the key factors in reducing shelter killing over the last 10 years? -1:03:57



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