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Comparing Milwaukee Animal Control to Other Cities

Animal Control in Reno, Nevada and Austin, Texas have similar intake rates as Milwaukee but save 91% of the animals in their care. Milwaukee saves 51%.

Many people still say that No Kill animal sheltering is impossible but the facts are proving them wrong. No Kill animal sheltering is described as saving 90% or better of all incoming animals.  This leaves a very generous 10% allowance for those animals that are hopelessly suffering or dangerously aggressive.

The table below shows two other major metropolitan areas in America that have attained a 90 % or better save rate. There are currently over 50 No Kill communities in the United States. You can see where they are by clicking here.

They have done it by implementing all eleven steps of the No Kill Equation.  No Kill animal sheltering is more cost effective and more publicly acceptable than the traditional "catch and kIll" model of animal sheltering that Milwaukee currently embraces.

The 2012 year to date statistics for Milwaukee are not showing much improvement over 2011. You can view them by clicking here.

The greatest risk to companion animals in Milwaukee is that they will enter Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission and be killed. The board of directors is failing to make life-saving changes to procedures and programs to save the lives of animals in Milwaukee County.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin

County Population 952,532
City Population 597,867


Animal Intake (2011)
Dogs: 5378
Cats: 6943

Save rate:
Dogs: 64%
Cats:39%

Average Save Rate: 51.5% RENO, Nevada

County Population 425,710
City Population 227,511

Animal Intake (2011) 
Dogs: 6977
Cats: 4103

Save rate:
Dogs: 91%
Cats: 91%

Average Save Rate: 91%

AUSTIN, Texas


County Population 1,026,158
City Population 820,611


Animal Intake (2011)
Dogs: 9688
Cats:  5391

Save Rate:
Dogs: 91%
Cats:91%

Average Save Rate: 91%

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Peace September 11, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Milwaukee can do better, if other cities were sucessful, why can't we be? But we need the leadership (Madacc Board of Directors mainly) to embrace it, and make changes for the better, not turn a blind eye and go on with 'business as usual'. One step at a time, Milwaukee can achieve No Kill.
Sheila Johnston September 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I would like to erge the board of MADACC to become familiar with and implement the changes needed to turn Milwaukee into one of the pioneering metropolitan areas to become No-Kill. It is not only good for the animals, it is good for humans too. It can help to improve the image of the city and reunite lost beloved pets with their owners, a win-win scenario for all.
Linda Schultz September 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
There is definitely a glaring and deadly difference between Milwaukee when comparing to Reno and Austin. What surprises me most is that Austin is a larger metropolitan area > larger intake with an amazing report card. Thankfully, articles like this gives us in Milwaukee, the chance to take a look at what we have, and decide what we want. Who should we contact to tell them we want to model Milwaukee after Austin?

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