Table 3

Descriptive statistics of the numbers of cats and dogs entering the care of welfare organisations during 2009

National (n=354)Independent (n=231)Breed-specific (n=141)
Cats
Number (%) of organisations taking in ‘rescue cats’ during 2009320 (90.4%)139 (60.2%)29 (20.6%)
Mean (sd) number of cats admitted during 2009201.42 (198.88)231.71 (258.20)40.34 (62.50)
Median*(interquartile range) number of cats admitted during 2009137.50 (78.00 to 259.50)150.00 (50.00 to 295.00)6.00 (2.00 to 59.00)
Dogs
Number (%) of organisations taking in ‘rescue dogs’ during 200970 (19.8%)146 (63.2%)101 (71.6%)
Mean (sd) number of dogs admitted during 2009358.10 (448.49)299.44 (465.19)141.47 (555.65)
Median*(interquartile range) number of dogs admitted during 2009184.50 (38.25 to 758.00)150.00 (45.00 to 350.00)40.00 (6.00 to 106.00)
  • * The median and interquartile ranges of some values included fractions of cats, due to some head offices reporting total numbers of cats for more than one branch. Hence, when these figures were divided by the number of branches, fractions of animals sometimes resulted in the data