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

Florida Shelter Census participating shelters

Click on the map to see if your shelter has participated! Green = data submitted, Red = data missing

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
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.

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 was July 25, 2017. But it is not too late for your shelter to be included. Contact us at shelter-census@ufl.edu about adding your shelter’s data

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?

  • The deadline for submitting shelter data was July 25, 2017. But it is not too late for your shelter to be included. Contact us at shelter-census@ufl.edu about adding your shelter’s data.

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.