Ames, IA

2016 UPDATE: Director Ron Edwards has posted statistics going back to 2005 on the Ames Animal Shelter’s website. The live release rate for fiscal year 2014/2015 was 96% for cats and dogs.

Ames is a city of about 60,000 people located in the center of Iowa. It is an education and technology powerhouse for a city its size. Animal control and sheltering are provided by the municipal Ames Animal Shelter. The shelter takes in both strays and owner surrenders. The shelter describes itself this way:

“The Ames Animal Shelter is a safe[,] humane place for the care of homeless, unwanted, lost, injured and many other animals, while owners are sought. At the Ames Animal Shelter we promise to love and care for the pets brought to us to the best of our abilities; we promise to make them as comfortable as possible in a difficult situation; we will work responsibly to maintain our 90%+ reclaim and adoption rate!”

The shelter lists its statistics for 2010 on its website. The statistics show an intake of almost 800 animals in 2010, with 400 adopted, 307 returned to owner, 8 transferred, and 76 euthanized, for a live release rate of 90%. I could not find statistics for 2011 or 2012, but the shelter stated in a 2012 newsletter that its goal was to “maintain” its “90% or higher reclaim and adoption rate.” I am listing this community as 90% Reported because I was not able to locate or obtain a full listing of statistics online as required for the right sidebar.

Ames, Iowa, is counted in the Running Totals as a 90%+ community.