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Per-Capita Intake Calculator

The per-capita intake is a measure of the number of live animals admitted to animal shelters relative to the population they serve. It is helpful when comparing shelters in different communities, particularly when animal shelters claim there are too many animals and not enough homes for them.

Many animal shelters insist that their high volume of intake prevents them from achieving No Kill. This Per Capita Intake Calculator will help you keep them honest.

Note: The average per capita intake for animal shelters in the USA is about 14 animals per 1,000 residents. Yet, open admission animal control operations with per capita intake of more than twice that amount have achieved No Kill status.

Use the calculator below to compute a shelters per capita intake. Simply fill in the raw data for shelter intake and population size then click "Calculate." We will give you the actual, per capita intake per 1,000 residents.

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Total Human Population

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