Adoption Driven Capacity

Adoption Driven Capacity: Your shelter’s key to saving lives and providing great care

What is the perfect number of animals to have up for adoption at any one time?

We know from the retail world that this is a critical question, all the more so when we’re dealing with living, feeling beings. Too few animals for adoption and willing adopters may walk out of the shelter empty-handed because they couldn’t find the pet of their dreams.

Too many animals for adoption and costs and length of stay are needlessly increased, conditions for care may be compromised, and in the worst case scenario adopters are so overwhelmed by choices that they don’t take any animal home at all.

Just the right number, and welfare and health are maximized while cost is minimized, more animals are served over time, and everybody wins!

We know which of these three options we want, but how do we determine that elusive “just right” number? To help each shelter answer this question, we’ve developed this article and the associated Adoption-Driven Capacity (ADC) Calculator. We hope these tools are useful for you!

  • Choosing the right number: Playing the odds

  • The role of length of stay

  • Marketing matters

  • Good news about good care

  • Getting to adoption-driven capacity

  • Still not sure?

  • The nitty gritty: Calculating adoption-driven capacity

  • Using the ADC Calculator

  • Choosing your target length of stay

  • The basic yearly and monthly ADC calculator

  • Fast track and slow track

  • The peak and slow season calculators

  • The adoption length of stay reverse calculator

  • Housing needs calculator for annual or monthly adoptions

  • Notes