Statistics & Impact

At MAC, we do not call ourselves a “no kill” shelter, since that is a term that often creates more confusion than clarity, and has at times been used as a justification for inhumane animal care. Instead, we say that even though MAC takes in any animal in need from within our jurisdiction regardless of its health, age or temperament, we are committed to never euthanizing simply for reasons of space or time. When we receive an animal at MAC, those that are safe and healthy are placed into our foster/adoption programs as quickly as possible. The path for all other animals is determined by their unique circumstances, namely: the severity of their medical or behavioral condition; the risk they pose to staff/volunteers and other animals in our care; public safety; the ability of a typical home to manage their medical or behavioral issues; and the overall quality of life the animal is expected to have. If we are unable to place an animal directly into our adoption program, we may explore placement with rescue organizations, barn cat programs, or other “non-home” environments, provided if the animal poses no safety risk and is likely able to experience a high quality of life. When even that is not an option, we do consider euthanasia the most humane decision. This decision is always made with the utmost consideration, and is conducted in a manner that is humane, respectful, and performed in accordance with the highest standards of care and in compliance with state and national standards.

We are very proud of our record of success in finding placements for the overwhelming majority of animals that come through our doors. In 2020, for example, our "live release rate" (the percentage of animals that were successfully placed in new homes) was 89%. This success is due in large part to a devoted staff and the ongoing support of our rescue networks, volunteers & fosters partners, who work each and every day to socialize animals in the shelter, transport animals to rescue partners near and far, foster animals in their homes, and ultimately place them in new loving homes.

Learn more about Shelter Animals Count here