FL Animal Sheltering Data

2020 Live Intake into FL Shelters

Species Intake Percentage of Intake
Dog 140,464 45%
Cat 173,083 55%
Total Intake 313,547 ––
  • Total Intake has decreased 37% since 2013
  • Dog Intake has decreased 41% since 2013
  • Cat intake has decreased 33% since 2013

Intake includes 10,697 Owner Requested/Intended Euthanasia

Total Live Intake into FL Shelters by Year and Species

Species 2013 2016 2018 2019 2020
Total Dog Intake 236,526 208,666 194,132 186,663 140,464
Total Cat Intake 257,701 217,853 224,632 215,386 173,083
Total Intake 494,227 426,519 418,764 402,049 313,547

Intake includes 10,697 Owner Requested/Intended Euthanasia

2020 Live Outcomes from FL Shelters by Type

Program Type Percentage of Total Outcomes by Program Type
Adoption 63%
Transfer Out 17%
Return to Owner (RTO) 10%
Return to Field (RTF) 8%
Other Live Outcome (Barn cat program, police training, etc.) 2%

Live Release Rate by Year and Species

Species 2013 2016 2018 2019 2020
Total Dog Live Release Rate 69% 81% 83% 86% 91%
Total Cat Live Release Rate 41% 65% 71% 76% 84%
Total Live Release Rate 54% 72% 77% 81% 87%
  • Total Live Release Rate has increased from 54% to 87% since 2013
  • Dog Live Release Rate has increased from 69% to 91% since 2013
  • Cat Live Release Rate has increased from 41% to 84% since 2013

Intake includes 10,697 Owner Requested/Intended Euthanasia
Live Release Rate = Live Outcomes / Live Intake

Shelter Euthanasia by Year and Species

Species 2013 2016 2018 2019 2020
Total Dog Euthanasia 67,160 38,414 29,357 24,766 15,017
Total Cat Euthanasia 138,024 71,269 55,852 43,904 25,886
Total Euthanasia 205,184 109,683 85,209 68,670 40,903
  • Total euthanasia has decreased 80% since 2013
  • 164,281 fewer animals were euthanized in 2020 than in 2013
  • Dog euthanasia has decreased 78% since 2013
  • Cat euthanasia has decreased 81% since 2013. However, cat euthanasia as a portion of total euthanasia has only decreased from 67% to 63%, so it remains the largest portion of euthanasia.

Includes 10,697 Owner Requested/Intended Euthanasia

2020 Total Intake in FL Shelters by County

County 2020 Total Intake
Alachua 5,517
Baker 701
Bay 2,904
Bradford 1,084
Brevard 9,355
Broward 15,713
Calhoun 90
Charlotte 3,457
Citrus 3,248
Clay 4,308

Includes 10,697 Owner Requested/Intended Euthanasia

2020 Total Euthanasia in FL Shelters by County

County 2020 Total Euthanasia
Alachua 282
Baker 248
Bay 1461
Bradford 289
Brevard 586
Broward 2926
Calhoun 0
Charlotte 303
Citrus 400
Clay 99

Includes 10,697 Owner Requested/Intended Euthanasia