No Kill Pima County (NKPC) publishes data reports regarding activity at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in order to encourage discussion, collaboration, additional research and ultimately planning and programming within the shelter and in the community to achieve a No Kill community. NKPC believes in making data-driven decisions that save more lives.

In Fiscal year 2017, ending June 30, 2017 PACC took in 19,477 animals INCLUDING wildlife and deceased animals.

Becoming a No Kill Community requires strategies to keep animals out of shelters, provide quality care while they are there and get them out to suitable placements as soon as possible.

The graph below represents the 16,049 live dogs and cats who were admitted to PACC last fiscal year, ending June 30 2017, and left the shelter by July 10.  The ‘other’ category includes the relocated barn cat program (110), cancelled (89), missing (29) and outcome unspecified (21).



The Live Release Rate continues to improve, reaching 85%.  A modified rate, often reported, which does not include pets who were reportedly brought to the shelter for the purpose of euthanasia, was 90%.  This represents an improvement from last year of 4% and 1% respectively.


Spotlight on Adoptions

The shining star of the outcome data is the ever increasing adoption outcomes, achieving 59% compared to last year’s 55% and 49% in 2015.  Cats achieved 66%,  up from 61%, and for dogs  56% were adopted, up from 52%.   Offsite adoptions (at stores or events) constituted 14.5% of all adoptions, a decline from last year’s 17.8%.  The largest number recorded was 424 at Petsmart on Orange Grove. The next most successful location was Petsmart at Oracle and Wetmore at 174.


Spotlight on Lost Pets Returned to Owner


1,880 pets were returned to their owners (1,782 dogs and 98 cats).  Of those, 1,225 came in as strays for a stray return to owner rate of 15%.  The previous year the rate was 14.5%  and in 2015 it was 13%.   The rate this year for stray dogs was 19% and cats was 2%.

The other 655 who were returned to owners  were admitted for confiscations (379), owner request for euthanasia (15) owner surrender (80), quarantine (159), adoption return (15) and transfer (7).


Spotlight on Rescue and Transfers to other Shelters


This year,  8.32% of the animals were discharged to rescue organizations (363 cats and 972 dogs) and 4.64% were transferred to other shelters. This is a 1% decline from last year in both categories. In raw numbers, there were 350 fewer animals who went to rescue and 250 fewer to other shelters.


Foster Care

For animals coming into the shelter, approximately 1,192 went into foster care this fiscal year. Similarly 1,162 went into foster care last year. Foster figures are approximate as some are missing original intake information.




The following graph represents the 16,764 LIVE DOGS AND CATS that came to PACC (about 1,880 fewer than previous year).  Why do animals come to a shelter?  More than half are strays, indicating a need to focus on lost pets- we will provide more details in a report in the near future.



First we will look at the pets returned from a recent adoption. Many have been asking for this data in order to work on improvements, whether that be screening families, matching people/pets or assessing efficacy of free adoption events.

649 animals were ‘returned’ to PACC last fiscal year (ending June 30, 2017). A return is defined as animal surrendered by owner within 30 days of being adopted.  In April, 2017 PACC implemented new protocol to increase data collection and fine tune the information gathered and will be reporting on that in the future.

However, there already is significant information that has been gathered, including reasons for 64% of the animals returned this past fiscal year, which can be reviewed for use by the community who assists in or is concerned about adoptions.  Similarly, there is comparison data for the previous year for over 50% of the animals that were returned as well as data from prior years.

According to ASPCA in 2011 (and PACC’s reports) the national average is 6% with  8% of dogs and 4% of cats being returned.

The total return rate at PACC last fiscal year, for 9,466 adoptions was approximately 6.86%  (only counting June adoptions that came back by July 10).  Cats had 101 returns out of 3106 adoptions for a rate of 3.25% and dogs had 548 returns out of 6360 adoptions for a rate of 8.62%.  

We take note that the prior year had a significantly better rate of 5% .  One might hypothesize that more difficult animals were being placed this year but the available reasons show the percent of “animal issues” versus “owner problems” was almost exactly the same. We do not know if this year had more free adoption events, but we do not think so. Further assessment is needed to address the challenges.

Below is a list of the reasons on record that animals were returned this past fiscal year As well as their later outcomes, if completed by July 11, 2017.




Adoption Returns July 2016 through June 2017

 649 Returns (101 cats and 548 dogs)

 Reasons Provided for 413 (56 cats and 357 dogs)



DOGS: Top Two/majority: Aggression related (67) and Destructive behavior (46)

CATS: only 15 for ‘animal issues’ and 6 of those were sick animals


Aggressive with animals 38 (1 cat) – 35 were re-adopted, I put down, I transferred, 1 returned to owner

*Animal aggressive 18  – 16 readopted, 1 return to owner, 1 pending

Aggressive with people 1 – rescue group

*Human aggression  3 dogs- 2 readopted 1 to foster

*Human/animal aggressive 5 (1 cat) – 4 readopted 1 pending

Bites  5   (1 cat) – 4 adopted one dog put down

*Resource guarding 2 -1 readopted 1 return to owner

Destructive 46 (all dogs, 17 were 1 year old or younger)  – 41 readopted,  2 transfer, 1 return to owner, 1 to foster, 1 pending

Hyper 17 all dogs readopted

Sick 23 (6 cats 17 dogs)  – 17 readopted, 2 put down, 1 cancelled, 1 relocated, 1 transfer 1 return to owner

Injured 1 dog readopted

*Socialization issues  6 (3 cats, 3 dogs) – 5 readopted 1 pending

*Small kids 4 (1 cat 3 dogs) all readopted

Afraid 4 (2 cats and 2 dogs)  all were re-adopted

Not friendly 1 dog readopted

Escapes 4 readopted

*Containment 3 readopted

Fence   1 readopted

House soil 5 (1 cat) – 4 readopted 1 pending

*Litterbox issues- 2 both cats were readopted

Disobedient 1 readopted

Dull 1 dog readopted

Chases animals 1 readopted

Compete attention 1 to rescue



Top for dogs and cats was  Other Pet (82)

 2nd for dogs and cats is Unspecified Owner Problem (54) as well as allergies for cats


Other pet issues 82 (13 cats, 69 dogs) – 76 readopted or rescue, 2 to foster, 2 return to owner, 1 put down 1 pending

Unspecified owner problem  54 – (5 cats 49 dogs) 47 readopted, 2 transfer, 1 put down, 1 return to owner, 1 missing, 1 pending

Allergic   19  (6 cats 13 dogs) –  all re-adopted

Landlord 16  dogs  (5 bully type, 1 rottie, 1 boxer, 2 Queensland, 3 labs, 1 maltese, 1 black mouth cur, 1 chi, 1 aussie) – 15 readopted, 1 rescue

No time 16 all dogs – 14 readopted 1 put down 1 transfer

Cost 13 (4 cats 9 dogs)  – 2 to foster, 1 cancelled 10 readopted

Moving 9 dogs – 8 readopted,  1 transfer

New baby 3 dogs – readopted

Stray 3 (? May be a typo)

Attention 2

Facility 1

Too many 1 cat readopted

Wrong sex 1 cat readopted


*indicates a new data category started April 2017