Return To Home Challenge

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  • 1.  RTF Cats as New Category

    Posted 08-31-2022 11:59 AM
    "This year we've expanded Return to Home to include the Return to Field/Shelter-neuter release (RTF/SNR) category in addition to the Return to Owner category on the Basic Data Matrix."

    Wondering if this means that we should keep the RTF cat data separate from the RTF pets that are returned to owners, with the assumption that the RTF cats are likely not owned pets but rather community cats? However, some RTF's might be pets that are trapped accidentally and subsequently returned to their neighborhood, but we'll never know. Also wondering where I could find the Basic Data Matrix, are you referring to Shelter Animal Counts? Sounds like we'll be reporting two different RTH rates, one for RTF's and one for pets?

    Thank you!

    Jenny Miller
    Maui Humane Society
    808 877-3680

  • 2.  RE: RTF Cats as New Category

    Posted 25 days ago

    Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for your question and participation in the 2022 RTH Challenge.
    Yes, if you are able, please keep your numbers separate for both cats and dogs.  You can find the Participation Report for the RTH Challenge on our website.  You will see in Question 1, that we are looking for:
    a. October 2022 Return to Home SNR/RTF Dogs    
    b. October 2022 Return to Home Owned Dogs 
    c. October 2022 Return to Home SNR/RTF Cats 
    d. October 2022 Return to Home Owned Cats

    Here are more details about the Basic Data Matrix.  Shelter Animals Count is now tracking two data sets. The Basic Data Matrix tracks intake/outcome data for shelter/rescue animals while the Community Services Matrix tracks services provided for community and owned pets.  They explain the difference in more detail on their website.

    I hope this is helpful, but if you have any additional questions, please just let me know.

    Thanks so much!

    Amber Eby
    Grants Specialist
    Maddie's Fund

  • 3.  RE: RTF Cats as New Category

    Posted 23 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing this information, Amber! 

    I wanted to attach the PDFs from Shelter Animals Count that contains all the details about the Basic Data Matrix and the Community Services Matrix so that they are easily accessible for all challengers. Please note that the attached document titled "SAC Intake and Outcome Database" is the Basic Data Matrix, it looks like they recently renamed it.

    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund