Capacity Score Chart
Mostly well within capacity with room to flex
Housing can be used as intended year-round (even during “kitten season”)
Housing is sufficient to accommodate occasional surges (e.g. hoarding cases, disaster response, 4th of July) while still meeting a variety of individual animal needs
Example: There is space to move animals around based on specific needs (e.g. quiet areas for fearful animals, less stimulating housing for kennel reactive dogs; non-cage housing for cats that don’t do well in cages)
Mostly at capacity
Housing can be used as intended most of the time and is sufficient to accommodate routine intake and a variety of individual animal needs, but occasional surges (e.g. hoarding cases, disaster response, 4th of July) exceed capacity
Examples: In response to intake surge, euthanasia decisions or emergency transfer arrangements need to be made for animals that otherwise would be good candidates for adoption; and/or housing is used inappropriately (double compartment converted to single compartment; animals housed for > a few hours in cages or areas not intended for that use etc.)
Over capacity in some areas
Housing, in general, is almost always used as intended, but there is insufficient housing available to meet individual animals’ needs
Example: Double compartment kennels are used as such and sick animals are moved to isolation as appropriate, but there are no quiet areas to move stressed/fearful or overstimulated animals
Over capacity in most areas
Housing is generally used as intended but is often so full that urgent decisions have to be made in order to make room for new incoming animals and/or housing is occasionally used inappropriately
Example: Euthanasia decisions need to be made for animals that otherwise would be good candidates for live release in order to make room for new intake.
Capacity urgently exceeded
Inappropriate housing is often or always used for one or more species.
Examples: Animals are housed for more than a few hours in carriers intended for short term use; sick animals remain in general housing due to lack of space in isolation; kennels intended for double compartment use are used as single compartment; multiple animals are co-housed due to housing shortage.