Sheltering isn't just about good intentions. It's about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving. To make that happen, shelter directors and managers need to have a solid understanding of the practical and financial aspects of their programs. They also need to be able to analyze their results to determine if a program is achieving its goals, and what its real costs are.
Dr. Nicole Olynk Widmar has developed a shelter financial management tool that can be used to analyze financial outcomes for shelter programs under different management strategies.