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Asilomar Accords: Saving Lives Not Pointing Fingers

Working together to save the lives of all healthy and treatable companion animals

The Asilomar group established a system of classification to assure consistent data col- lecting throughout the animal welfare community. They defined terms such as healthy, treatable, and unhealthy and untreatable to ensure that the animal situation under consideration is accurately represent- ed by its statistics. The definitions are not meant to determine an animal’s outcome, only to create a standard for categorizing that will be uniform among all agencies. From there, the group adopted a for- mula to calculate the “live release rate” for both individual organizations (e.g., shelters) and the larg- er animal welfare community (e.g., feral cat groups, breed-specific placement groups).

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