Some rescues will share information with you but it is the information they wish to share and not always the information you really want to know. A rescue will generally share the number of dogs they have rescued and the number of dogs that have been adopted. Some will even share how many were strays, owner surrenders or transferred from another shelter. Some will also share how many dogs they transferred out to another shelter, how many were returned to their owners. Few want to share the number of dogs that died or the number of dogs that were euthanized.
But is that all you want to know? Do you wish there were more statistics being shared or do believe it is all just a numbers game?
Should the adoption numbers include what type of dogs were adopted out?
With the number of dogs that were rescued, do you want to know
The problem with playing the numbers game is it makes rescues competitive. No one wants to be the one with the lowest number of adoptions or the with highest number of
deaths. And how can that affect the dogs? When you play that numbers game, the dogs can be affected.
If there are things you are wondering about rescue and the numbers, ask. Any reputable rescue will be happy to show you their statistics and even their financial information. As a volunteer, donor, potential adopter or community member, you have the right to know. Just ask.
And the numbers game? Let's leave that to the lottery!