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Animal Live Release Rate

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Status Indicators: On Target |  Monitoring Progress | Reviewing for Improvement | Neutral- Actual Figure | Project Not Scheduled to Begin Yet


Please note that Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 refer to the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of the fiscal year. The City’s fiscal year runs from October 1st – September 30th and is denoted by FY. CY denotes calendar year.

Animal Live Release Rate includes: animal transfers, adoptions, and reclaims.

State of Texas Average Live Release Rate is  69.7%. The Missouri City Animal Shelter closed FY21 with an 80% LRR and FY22 YTD is at 76%.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pet adoptions have decreased by 36% nationwide.

Pitbulls are the leading breed of shelter dogs and one of the hardest to find homes for, only 1 in 600 will be adopted.

The Bottom Line: Municipal Shelters are here to care for homeless or abandoned animals and try to give them a forever home, because Missouri City is a Municipal shelter we do not close our doors when at capacity as many private shelters do.  Without the shelter countless animals would be on the street. The primary way to help your local shelter is to:

  • Microchip, AND Spay or Neuter your pets. 
  • Volunteer your time, Volunteering has been show to decrease depression and anxiety. 
  • Foster – open your home and foster a pet until they can find their forever home.
  • Donate – Donate food, treats, monetary gifts to your local shelter. 

Missouri City Animal Services is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all people and animals in our community through enforcement of state and local laws and by providing compassionate care for every animal within the city’s animal shelter. 

The target is set at 75% Live Release Rate, which is above industry average of

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Assuring that all proper medical treatment have been administered.
  • Facilitating registration of dogs and cats within the city.
  • Providing temporary housing and humane care and treatment for all shelter animals.
  • Assisting in re-uniting lost pets with their owners.
  • Responding effectively and efficiently to all animal bite cases.
  • Providing spay/neuter services to reduce pet overpopulation and heartworm testing prior to adoption.
  • Creating collaborative partnerships and training with outside agencies, rescue groups, and volunteers to promote adoptions and reduce euthanasia rate(s).

Missouri City Animal Services


Missouri City, TX
1522 Texas Pkwy
Missouri City, TX 77489


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