No Kill Stamford CT

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Each month, every City and Town in the State of Connecticut is required to report their municipal shelter activity. Reports contain the number of animals impounded (taken in by the shelter), reclaimed by owners, found dead (i.e., hit by car), adopted and euthanized.

We are disappointed to report that the State of Connecticut's overall kill rate averages between 24 - 26%. For instance, in 2013, of the 9,752 animals that were not reclaimed by their owners and became the property of the shelter system, 2,341 were killed. This is unacceptable, yet we find that the State Department of Agriculture continues to report such numbers and has done nothing to discourage the outdated catch & kill "dog pound" mentality.

Learn How OPIN (Outreach to Pets in Need) Helped Stamford Achieve No Kill for 03/2005 to 04/2014

For the purpose of this report, "animals impounded" is shown to reflect the size/volume of the facility. Many of the animals impounded are subsequently reclaimed by their guardians, go home, and do not become available for potential adoption. Likewise, animals found dead (or, dead on arrival) are not available.

The below tables contain the adoption and kill rates for the entire State of Connecticut, a history of the Stamford Animal Control facility dating to 2002 and comparison tables for years 2007-2013 for Connecticut's largest towns and neighboring Stamford communities. Under the leadership of Ms. Laurie Hollywood, former Director of the Stamford facility, a No Kill rate was immediately realized & consistently maintained with her innovative & modern shelter programs and insight over her nine year career. During the last two months of 2014 (since the unjust firing of Laurie), Stamford has realized an slight increase in its kill rate (to 7.1%). This has continued into the first two months of the new fiscal year 2015. We will continue to report Stamford as the year progresses.

If you do not find your city or town listed in tables on this page, click the links below to see all Connecticut Animal Control offices kill rates from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture:

How many pets does your town kill each year?

We hope your city or town is one that works hard to meet the No Kill adoption rate criteria of 95% or better. Our hope is that every Connecticut town will embrace the proven No Kill Equation as Laurie once brought to the City of Stamford. With a compassionate and dedicated leader, Stamford can once again embrace No Kill and capture the #1 spot in Connecticut.

State of Connecticut - Animal Control Municipal Shelter System
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Totals for All Cities and Towns
Animals Adoption Kill
Fiscal Year (July - June) Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate Comments:
2007 20,074 7,448 2,342 76.1% 23.9%
2008 20,160 7,572 2,332 76.5% 23.5%
2009 19,746 7,257 2,494 74.4% 25.6%
2010 19,299 7,266 2,525 74.2% 25.8%
2011 20,119 7,662 2,743 73.6% 26.4%
2012 20,001 7,776 2,745 73.9% 26.1%
2013 18,585 7,411 2,341 76.0% 24.0%
2014 18,120 7,548 2,005 79% 21%  

Stamford, CT Animal Control Recap by Fiscal Year
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Note: An immediate decrease in kill rate was realized by Ms. Hollywood (2005)
Animals Adoption Kill
Fiscal Year (July - June) Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate Comments:
2002 65 No other data available. 65 is as reported by TAILS, source: Dept. of Agriculture
2003 476 246 53 82.3% 17.7% Prior to Hollywood
2004 533 283 65 81.3% 18.7% Prior to Hollywood
2005 (June '04 to Feb '05) 212 43 83.1% 16.9% Prior to Hollywood
2005 (Mar '05 - June '05) 557 135 6 95.7% 4.3% Laurie Hollywood hired Mar. 7, 2005. Impounds of 557 is for 12 months.
2006 682 448 31 93.5% 6.5% 2006: 21 cats euthanized due to distemper outbreak
2007 660 436 10 97.8% 2.2%
2008 671 440 11 97.6% 2.4%
2009 524 319 10 97.0% 3.0%
2010 430 228 11 95.4% 4.6%
2011 486 260 9 96.7% 3.3%
2012 457 255 5 98.1% 1.9%
2013 471 259 24 91.5% 8.5% Unusual number of sick animals euthanized in 2013 & 3 owner requested
2014 (7/1/13 to 5/1/14) 390 234 12 95.1% 4.9% 7/1/13 to 5/1/14 is operation under Laurie Hollywood.
2014 (5/2/14 to 6/30/14) 53 26 2 92.9% 7.1% Shelter operations from 5/2/14 to end of year 6/30/14 are after Hollywood, Task Force meetings begin June 23, 2014.
2015 (July-June) 336 149 12 92.5% 7.5% July begins new fiscal year. Below the 95% 'No-Kill' aceptable limit. Taking in less, and adopting out more to rescue groups is not the long term answer.

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2007 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford 660 436 10 97.80% 2.20%
Mansfield 346 235 16 93.60% 6.40%
Branford 316 183 22 89.30% 10.70%
Middletown 311 153 20 88.40% 11.60%
Milford 452 210 29 87.90% 12.10%
Greenwich 259 87 14 86.10% 13.90%
Stratford 519 245 40 86.00% 14.00%
Hartford 630 441 86 83.70% 16.30%
Vernon 409 185 44 80.80% 19.20%
East Haven 290 140 34 80.50% 19.50%
Fairfield 516 211 64 76.70% 23.30%
Groton 344 104 33 75.90% 24.10%
Naugatuck 272 86 28 75.40% 24.60%
New Haven 1,108 701 239 74.60% 25.40%
Trumbull 218 96 33 74.40% 25.60%
Norwich 411 172 73 70.20% 29.80%
Norwalk 223 49 23 68.10% 31.90%
West Haven 679 293 143 67.20% 32.80%
Meriden 391 113 62 64.60% 35.40%
Bridgeport 867 411 288 58.80% 41.20%
Manchester 410 66 52 55.90% 44.10%
Waterbury 539 106 177 37.50% 62.50%
New Britain 266 40 113 26.10% 73.90%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2008 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford 671 440 11 97.60% 2.40%
Trumbull 216 81 6 93.10% 6.90%
Branford 314 182 14 92.90% 7.10%
Mansfield 301 205 16 92.80% 7.20%
Naugatuck 230 93 11 89.40% 10.60%
Middletown 356 196 29 87.10% 12.90%
Stratford 470 240 37 86.60% 13.40%
Milford 441 193 35 84.60% 15.40%
East Haven 306 163 32 83.60% 16.40%
Greenwich 279 99 20 83.20% 16.80%
Norwich 458 219 45 83.00% 17.00%
Groton 365 137 33 80.60% 19.40%
Hartford 566 355 89 80.00% 20.00%
West Haven 552 249 64 79.60% 20.40%
Fairfield 349 89 26 77.40% 22.60%
Norwalk 212 57 18 76.00% 24.00%
Vernon 386 174 59 74.70% 25.30%
New Haven 976 589 211 73.60% 26.40%
Meriden 324 80 41 66.10% 33.90%
Bridgeport 1,598 845 509 62.40% 37.60%
Manchester 359 52 51 50.50% 49.50%
Waterbury 769 160 276 36.70% 63.30%
New Britain 223 43 86 33.30% 66.70%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2009 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford 524 319 10 97.00% 3.00%
Branford 286 193 10 95.10% 4.90%
Milford 427 147 11 93.00% 7.00%
Fairfield 310 107 9 92.20% 7.80%
Mansfield 281 164 15 91.60% 8.40%
Norwalk 182 51 5 91.10% 8.90%
Trumbull 215 74 9 89.20% 10.80%
Middletown 286 162 20 89.00% 11.00%
Stratford 420 214 30 87.70% 12.30%
East Haven 317 195 33 85.50% 14.50%
Groton 387 150 37 80.20% 19.80%
Naugatuck 248 63 16 79.70% 20.30%
Greenwich 241 74 20 78.70% 21.30%
West Haven 591 304 86 77.90% 22.10%
Hartford 537 310 103 75.10% 24.90%
Norwich 381 147 57 72.10% 27.90%
Vernon 372 149 64 70.00% 30.00%
New Haven 840 447 214 67.60% 32.40%
Meriden 299 76 45 62.80% 37.20%
Bridgeport 1,644 773 700 52.50% 47.50%
Manchester 238 35 39 47.30% 52.70%
Waterbury 761 223 272 45.10% 54.90%
New Britain 249 71 87 44.90% 55.10%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2010 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Branford 275 202 7 96.70% 3.30%
Stamford 430 228 11 95.40% 4.60%
Trumbull 230 102 6 94.40% 5.60%
East Haven 280 171 18 90.50% 9.50%
Milford 336 132 16 89.20% 10.80%
Middletown 365 218 29 88.30% 11.70%
Mansfield 247 149 20 88.20% 11.80%
New Britain 208 113 18 86.30% 13.70%
West Haven 543 281 56 83.40% 16.60%
Fairfield 336 114 23 83.20% 16.80%
Norwalk 172 47 10 82.50% 17.50%
Stratford 507 253 61 80.60% 19.40%
Greenwich 191 58 15 79.50% 20.50%
Groton 523 221 70 75.90% 24.10%
Hartford 677 415 135 75.50% 24.50%
Vernon 331 145 55 72.50% 27.50%
New Haven 902 489 211 69.90% 30.10%
Naugatuck 246 50 24 67.60% 32.40%
Norwich 378 149 81 64.80% 35.20%
Manchester 334 80 44 64.50% 35.50%
Meriden 314 63 56 52.90% 47.10%
Waterbury 604 216 231 48.30% 51.70%
Bridgeport 1,513 617 686 47.40% 52.60%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2011 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford 486 260 9 96.70% 3.30%
Branford 309 201 14 93.50% 6.50%
Mansfield 241 156 14 91.80% 8.20%
Middletown 318 187 18 91.20% 8.80%
East Haven 299 170 30 85.00% 15.00%
Groton 548 281 50 84.90% 15.10%
Greenwich 174 44 8 84.60% 15.40%
New Britain 202 114 21 84.40% 15.60%
Milford 323 101 20 83.50% 16.50%
Fairfield 336 135 31 81.30% 18.70%
Hartford 747 494 138 78.20% 21.80%
Trumbull 212 69 20 77.50% 22.50%
New Haven 868 482 175 73.40% 26.60%
Naugatuck 330 92 35 72.40% 27.60%
Stratford 585 241 96 71.50% 28.50%
West Haven 603 257 109 70.20% 29.80%
Norwalk 176 34 15 69.40% 30.60%
Vernon 311 104 49 68.00% 32.00%
Waterbury 644 284 150 65.40% 34.60%
Manchester 257 51 28 64.60% 35.40%
Meriden 356 99 59 62.70% 37.30%
Norwich 343 118 74 61.50% 38.50%
Bridgeport 1,606 646 803 44.60% 55.40%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2012 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford 457 255 5 98.10% 1.90%
Branford 290 181 18 91.00% 9.00%
Middletown 307 156 19 89.10% 10.90%
East Haven 240 137 18 88.40% 11.60%
New Britain 285 170 23 88.10% 11.90%
Fairfield 328 133 22 85.80% 14.20%
Trumbull 223 91 16 85.00% 15.00%
Milford 327 93 18 83.80% 16.20%
Mansfield 222 135 27 83.30% 16.70%
Groton 519 255 52 83.10% 16.90%
Greenwich 199 51 12 81.00% 19.00%
Stratford 527 263 68 79.50% 20.50%
Hartford 759 526 150 77.80% 22.20%
Manchester 317 77 25 75.50% 24.50%
Meriden 339 139 46 75.10% 24.90%
Norwalk 196 38 13 74.50% 25.50%
West Haven 525 240 84 74.10% 25.90%
Waterbury 718 328 121 73.10% 26.90%
Vernon 275 110 50 68.80% 31.30%
New Haven 777 408 205 66.60% 33.40%
Naugatuck 250 38 20 65.50% 34.50%
Norwich 379 131 96 57.70% 42.30%
Bridgeport 1,684 789 747 51.40% 48.60%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2013 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Branford 271 183 4 97.90% 2.10%
Mansfield 191 137 6 95.80% 4.20%
Stamford 471 259 24 91.50% 8.50%
East Haven 236 123 16 88.50% 11.50%
Middletown 297 160 21 88.40% 11.60%
Trumbull 207 113 16 87.60% 12.40%
Stratford 403 209 33 86.40% 13.60%
Meriden 359 166 29 85.10% 14.90%
Waterbury (1 mo missing) 598 327 62 84.10% 15.90%
Greenwich 204 52 10 83.90% 16.10%
Fairfield 326 100 21 82.60% 17.40%
Hartford 754 532 117 82.00% 18.00%
Groton 563 286 68 80.80% 19.20%
Milford 298 80 21 79.20% 20.80%
West Haven 361 162 52 75.70% 24.30%
New Britain 277 161 54 74.90% 25.10%
Norwalk 176 42 15 73.70% 26.30%
Manchester 302 59 23 72.00% 28.00%
Vernon 247 74 34 68.50% 31.50%
Norwich 448 206 97 68.00% 32.00%
Naugatuck 254 52 30 63.40% 36.60%
New Haven 683 312 221 58.50% 41.50%
Bridgeport (3 mos. missing) 1,439 675 725 48.20% 51.80%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
  Animals Adoption Kill
2014 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford 458 260 14 94.9% 5.1%
Branford 327 220 12 94.8% 5.2%
Middletown 273 147 12 92.5% 7.5%
Greenwich 216 71 6 92.2% 7.8%
Meriden 468 189 26 87.9% 12.1%
Mansfield 189 114 16 87.7% 12.3%
Groton 599 349 49 87.7% 12.3%
New Britain 257 153 22 87.4% 12.6%
Trumbull 170 81 12 87.1% 12.9%
East Haven 230 87 13 87.0% 13.0%
Stratford 553 303 56 84.4% 15.6%
Hartford 782 565 108 84.0% 16.0%
Fairfield 222 65 13 83.3% 16.7%
Naugatuck 241 48 14 77.4% 22.6%
Vernon 227 79 25 76.0% 24.0%
West Haven 428 175 61 74.2% 25.8%
Waterbury 574 278 101 73.4% 26.6%
Norwich 421 202 76 72.7% 27.3%
Manchester 290 74 32 69.8% 30.2%
Milford 282 67 36 65.0% 35.0%
New Haven 658 326 193 62.8% 37.2%
Bridgeport 1307 628 488 56.3% 43.7%
Norwalk 172 21 18 53.8% 46.2%

Stamford, CT vs. Other Large Cities/Towns and Neighboring Towns (sorted by lowest kill rate)
Animals not "adopted" or "euthanized" were strays reclaimed by owners.
Animals Adoption Kill
2015 Impounded Adopted Euthanized Rate Rate
Stamford
Bridgeport
East Haven
Fairfield
Greenwich DATA NOT COMPLETE YET
Groton
Hartford
Manchester
Mansfield
Meriden
Middletown
Milford
Naugatuck
New Britain
New Haven
Norwalk
Norwich
Stamford
Stratford
Trumbull
Vernon
Waterbury
West Haven