Managed Admission

Managed admission is distinct from limited admission and refers to any form of regulating or scheduling intake, from simply limiting the hours for drop-off and closing night drop boxes, to scheduled intake appointments, to a formal process of surrender interviews with extensive efforts at providing support and alternatives. In short, managed admission can be thought of as the “how” and “when” of intake, but not necessarily the “who.”

Even shelters with an obligation to take in all animals presented to them (either by law, contract or policy) can benefit greatly from scheduling intake to smooth out fluctuations, plan for staffing and match capacity to provide humane care. Far from meaning more animals will be turned away, for both limited and open-intake shelters managed admission is often associated with serving more, rather than fewer, animals over time.

  • Managed admission: What and why

  • What are the choices for managed admission in shelters of different types?

  • Scheduling intake appointments

  • Managed admission: A great choice for cats in particular

  • Does managed admission mean limited intake?