Florida Shelter Animal Census

Florida Shelter Census participating shelters

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

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is frequently asked, “How many cats and dogs are admitted to shelters each year and what happens to them?”

To answer this question, the program periodically conducts a statewide census of animals that pass through more than 150 animal shelters across the state.

The census for calendar year 2018 Florida shelter animal data is currently underway.

Submit Data For Your Shelter

Thank you for contributing to the Florida Shelter Animal Census. This census consists of two parts that will be used to record an accurate snapshot of shelter animal dynamics during 2018 in the state of Florida.

Part 1: Shelter Description

Part 2: Shelter Intake and Outcome Data for calendar year 2018 (January 1-December 31, 2018).

Complete the Florida Shelter Animal Census


The deadline for submitting shelter data is March 31, 2019. Contact us at keegan.spera@ufl.edu if you have questions about submitting your shelter’s data.

Contact Us

Send an email to keegan.spera@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?

  • Full details for data reporting are available in the Worksheet Guide. The census includes animal intake and outcome data for Calendar Year 2018 (January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018) using the Shelter Animals Count Basic Data Matrix and information regarding shelter type, staffing, and budget.

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

  • Yes! Shelters with Chameleon, PetPoint, Shelterluv, Shelter Buddy, or Petstablished 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.

I already report data in Shelter Animals Count. Do I need to complete the census as well?

  • If your shelter is enrolled in Shelter Animals Count and is a member of the Florida Shelter Data Coalition, your data entered in SAC will be carried over to the Florida Shelter Animal Census automatically. You will still need to complete census information about your shelter type, staffing, budget, and animal importation into or exportation out of the state, since this information is not available in SAC.

How do I enroll my shelter in the Shelter Animals Count Florida Shelter Data Coalition?

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?

  • The deadline for completing the census is March 31, 2019.

2016 Florida Shelter Animal Census Results

2016 Florida Shelter Intake map

The size of the bubble represents the aggregated number of cats and dogs admitted to animal shelters in each county. (Click to see a larger image)

2016 Florida Shelter Animal Census interim data released!

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida responded 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?

A total of 151 animal shelters in Florida, estimated to represent 95% of all shelters in the state, have submitted data for our triennial survey. An interim analysis of data received as of September 2017 showed that:

  • More than 400,000 cats and dogs entered Florida animal shelters in 2016
  • Live outcomes were achieved for 73% of animals, a jump of 11% since 2013
  • Live outcome for cats (65%) still lags behind that of dogs (81%), but the gap is narrowing
  • Click here to review data aggregated for all reporting shelters in each county.
  • A detailed analysis for data trends is underway and will be released when available

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.