[NOTE: The Worth Watching category lists communities whose animal shelter systems are doing substantially better than average, but have not reported a sustained (for one year or more) 90%+ live release rate. These communities are not counted in the running total in the blog's subtitle. For more about the Worth Watching category, see the Worth Watching page link in the blog's header.]
Terrell is a city of 16,000 people located 32 miles east of Dallas. The city does animal control and sheltering for its residents. The city has a limit of 3 pets per household. Around the beginning of 2012, the shelter launched an effort to reduce its kill rate, and renamed its shelter the Terrell Pet Adoption Center. Officer Cilla Wichmann was very instrumental in the program, which centered on an effort to increase adoptions and a new volunteer program.
The city reports the shelter’s statistics on its website. So far in 2013, it has been running at close to a 90% live release rate.