Florida Shelter Animal Census: A snapshot of statewide intake and disposition

Click the map to see if your shelter has participated!

Florida animal shelters are invited to join a statewide initiative to develop a reliable snapshot of the state’s shelter animal census.

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is responding to a request for information that we frequently receive from Florida shelter managers:

How many cats and dogs are admitted to shelters each year and what happens to them?

This is the question that the Second Triennial Florida Shelter Animal Census is meant to answer, and a new census is being conducted right now! Your shelter can participate by submitting shelter data for calendar year 2016 (January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016), and also providing some basic information about your shelter or facility.

We’re asking all Florida animal shelters to fill out a brief survey with your shelter data and information. The shelter data will be compiled based on the Basic Animal Data Matrix from Shelter Animals Count.


Submit Data For Your Shelter

Click the button below to launch the official census survey and submit your shelter data and information.

Take the Shelter Census



The deadline for submitting shelter data is July 25, 2017. 

Here are some additional resources to help you complete the census survey.

  • Worksheet and Census Survey Guide
    Click the link above to download a worksheet to plan out your responses to the Florida Shelter Animals Census. This document contains all of the data and information you will need to complete the official census survey. This worksheet also includes the Basic Animal Data Matrix.
  • Basic Animal Data Matrix
    Click the link above to download the Basic Animal Data Matrix from Shelter Animals Count. The census survey is sourced from categories found in the Basic Data Matrix.

Contact Us

Send an email to shelter-census@ufl.eduWe’ll be happy to answer your questions or provide assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What shelter data is required for the Florida Animal Shelter Census?

  • Submit data for all intakes and outcomes for Calendar Year 2016. This is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

Can I run a shelter software report to provide shelter data?

  • Yes! Shelters with Chameleon, PetPoint or Shelterluv can easily run a report based on the Basic Animal Data Matrix. Please click here for more information on how to configure this data report.

What if I don’t have data, or what if it is incomplete?

Are Florida animal shelters required to release shelter data upon request?

Is there a deadline for submitting shelter data?

  • Yes. Data must be submitted no later than July 25, 2017.

2013 Florida Shelter Animal Census Results

  • A total of 130 animal shelters were operating in Florida, providing animal sheltering services in almost every county.
  • Nearly a half million cats and dogs were admitted.
  • Municipal and nonprofit shelters collectively spent more than $158 million on shelter operations.
  • Free-roaming/stray cats and dogs made up more than half of all intakes.
  • Statewide live outcomes were achieved for three of every four dogs, but less than two of every four cats.