The gathering of data is vitally important to measure our community’s progress in saving lives. It further helps us identify where we need to put our resources and how to best help the most at-risk animals. The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland adopted the language of the Asilomar Accords to ensure that all shelters use the same language and definitions when reporting on the status of the animals in our care. It further helps us track our community’s save or live release rate and compare our progress with other cities around the nation.