AC&C's Definitions of Terms

What is the difference between a Limited Intake (No-Kill) Shelter and an Open-Admissions Shelter?

An Open-Admissions organization accepts any animal that comes through its doors, no matter its medical or behavioral condition. As a result, decisions about placements are often based on resources and space availability, the health and the temperament of the animals at the given time. Limited Intake facilities accept animals based on resources and space up front and as a result, certain animals will not be accepted into their program. In order to address the over-population problem in our community, we need Limited Intake facilities and Open-Admissions facilities to work together. That is why AC&C has created our New Hope program. To learn more about New Hope and AC&C's efforts, please visit our New Hope section.

Asilomar Definitions (for statistical use only)

  • Healthy animals are those who do not require medical, behavioral, or foster care to make them ready for adoption. This includes all dogs and cats who are eight weeks of age or older, and do not have any sign of disease, injury or behavior that could pose a health or safety risk, or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.
  • Treatable-manageable animals are those who are not likely to become healthy but could have a good quality of life if provided with treatment for their condition comparable with that typically provided in the community, provided the animal does not pose a risk to the health or safety of other animals or people.
  • Treatable-rehabilitatable animals are those who are likely to become healthy if provided with treatment for their condition compatible with that typically provided in the community.
  • Unhealthy-untreatable animals are those who either have a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that poses a health or safety risk, or otherwise makes the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet, or are suffering from a disease, injury, or congenital condition that adversely affects the animal's health and will not become healthy or treatable even with a level of care typically provided in the community.