I frequently come across people saying that the DAS pound in Canberra has a 95% rehoming rate, and that this is one of the best in the country. I have always believed this figure which is reported in the TAMS (Territory and Municipal Services) Annual reports and other official documents. A friend of mine recently pointed out thought that the key here is that it is a qualified figure.
As the fine print in the TAMS annual report says, it is the percentage of dogs reclaimed or adopted/rescued divided by the number of dogs thought to be adoptable (not the total number of dogs!).
However often this fine print, which in my opinion is very misleading, is not even mentioned. For example in a Canberra Times article from last year a TAMS spokeswoman is quoted as saying “DAS rangers care for a large number of dogs and have achieved one of the highest re-homing rates of any pound in the country, at around 95 per cent.”
Mr Stanhope also frequently cites this statistic, but as he admits himself – “unadoptable dogs” however they are identified, are conveniently excluded from the equation.
- Total dogs impounded in 2012 = 1,491 (including a carryover of 35 dogs from 2011).
- Total dogs rehomed (includes reclaimed)= 1,245
- Total dogs euthanized= 226 (including 66 “adoptable”)
- Total dogs carried over till next year=20
Excluding the 20 dogs carried over to 2013 that still equals a rehome rate of about 85% if all dogs are taken into account?
The DAS pound is very good. They have a volunteer program, work closely with rescue groups and are able to achieve fantastic outcomes. I just don’t see why misleading statistics are used.