Every Case Study shows us the way to Zero.


We believe a great way to help a community get to zero (90+% shelter save rate) is by showcasing the work of others who have already done it.

Below are two in-depth case studies. If you have a case study you would like to share, please contact us at assist@target-zero.org.


CASE STUDY 1: Duval County / Jacksonville, Fla.

by Rick Ducharme, Founder, First Coast No More Homeless Pets

In 2002, in Duval County (pop. 864,263) 33,847 cats and dogs were entering the shelters and 23,104 were being put to death. That’s about a 32% save rate. In fiscal year 2014/2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015), 17,090 pets entered our shelters and 15,956 were saved. Using the shelter data calculation system endorsed by Target Zero (see FAQ) that’s a 93.4% save rate, making it one of the largest cities in the country to achieve and maintain no kill status. It should be noted that intake at the Jacksonville Humane Society (the limited admission shelter) has increased during this timeframe because their adoption success allowed them to help additional animals from shelters in surrounding counties. 

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CASE STUDY 2: New Hampshire

by Peter Marsh, Co-founder, Target Zero

Throughout the 1980s, about 11,000 cats and dogs lost their lives each year in New Hampshire shelters. Almost a third of the victims were kittens. In 2013, 12,590 cats and dogs entered the shelter system and 1,153 were euthanized—making the statewide euthanasia rate less than 1 Pet Per Thousand People, which is a statewide Asilomar Live Release Rate of 90%. No cat or dog is put down to make space for an incoming animal.

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