The BC SPCA is taking an important next step in how incoming shelter animals are documented, with the goal of saving more animal lives.
Under the new process, part of the international Asilomar Accords (established in 2004) that promote a consistent system of data collection among animal welfare agencies, BC SPCA staff will begin identifying Asilomar treatability categories for incoming animals and follow their outcomes to help the society determine where additional staff, volunteer, financial and community resources are needed to increase live release rates in BC SPCA shelters.
“Over the past decade, the BC SPCA has consistently increased annual medical budgets to enable us to save more animals, including those with skeletal trauma requiring surgical intervention, severe dental disease, feline calicivirus and ringworm. We see the results in our incredible overall live release rate of 89 per cent (93 per cent for dogs and 87 per cent for cats), which is well above the national average,” says BC SPCA Senior Manager of Animal Health Dr. Emilia Gordon. “Despite these increases, some animals who enter the care of the BC SPCA with complicated or chronic medical or behavioural conditions cannot currently be treated. Being able to document animals by category and track their outcomes will provide us with detailed information on where we need to increase our resources and seek additional community support in order to save even more lives.”
While the BC SPCA has been reporting shelter data using Asilomar Accords forms since 2014, adding the Asilomar treatability categories to the intake data puts the BC SPCA on the leading edge of Canadian animal welfare organizations.
Larry Odegard, registrar of The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, says the CVBC supports the implementation of transparent, data-driven operational policies in BC animal shelters. “We are pleased that the BC SPCA consulted veterinarians and other animal lovers in order to develop these materials.”
Asilomar Survey Results (PDF)
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.