Capacity for Care (C4C) Consultations

Whatever their location, budget, or size, a shelter meeting their Capacity for Care (C4C) is operating at maximum efficiency, helping the most animals they can, and offering the most beneficial environment not only to animals but also to staff, volunteers, and the community.

To work within their C4C, a sheltering organization must determine and sustain their ideal population. In doing so, they will enhance animal health and welfare and minimize length of stay (LOS) while maintaining or improving on their goals for adoption or other positive outcomes.

“It’s one of the best things we’ve ever done here! It had the biggest impact we have seen in such a short time with the best results.”
— Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

Our services include an analysis of historical and current data; review of shelter programs and operations; examination of kennel/cage size, type, set up, number and living environment; and evaluation of management practices as they relate to infectious disease control and animal welfare.

The process involves discussions with key personnel regarding current practices and future goals; analysis of population data from computer generated reports; reviews of facility layouts; a site visit if desired (and schedules permit); recommendations via phone/web conference and/or in person; and follow-up phone or email assistance as needed.

“It is working so well I am completely blown away. The response from the public with regard to the lack of crowding has been very positive, and our volunteer retention for cat volunteers has improved with the improved housing conditions for the cats. Capacity for Care is a win win win program I wish we would have started years ago!”
 -  Laura, Shelter Manager, Placer SPCA

Depending on the complexity of the project and level of involvement desired, the estimate will range from ~$4,000 - $35,000. For a complete description of our consultation service or more information, please contact sheltermedicine@ucdavis.edu.