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?
- old dogs,
- large dogs,
- black dogs?
With the number of dogs that were rescued, do you want to know
- how many were sick
- how many were puppies
- how many were from another state
- how many were about to be euthanized
- how many were purchased
- how many were aggressive?
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.
- Dogs who are likely dying may not be accepted into the rescue as they would then be part of the "death" number.
- Dogs who are aggressive may not be allowed in as there is a chance the dog may need to be euthanized.
- Dogs who are sick may not be accepted as they may die.
- Black dogs are not highly adoptable and may not be accepted as they take longer to get adopted. The same situation pertains to older dogs and certain breeds of dog.
- Local dogs are not helped in favor of out of state dogs who are more adoptable.
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!