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It’s true! Delaware has become the first state in our nation to become a “no-kill” state for shelter animals!

The Best Friends Animal Society has been tracking the no kill rate nationwide and announced Delaware’s achievement at its annual animal welfare conference in Dallas in July.

A state can only achieve this title by saving at least 90% of dogs and cats entering the shelter.

According to the Best Friends Animal Society, our home state of Delaware saved 11,900 animals out of 12,800 that entered shelters this past year. Delaware has a total of 59 no-kill shelters.


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Did You Know?

Just under 750,000 animals who entered shelters in the United States last year were killed, according to Best Friends Animal Society.

Did you know 2,000 animals die every day in shelters? Two cats to every dog, states Brandywine Valley SPCA of Pennsylvania.

Other states working towards a “no-kill” goal as of right now are Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, as these states deal with limited resources and a current pet over-population.

As Delaware has set the standard for “no-kill” states, the Best Friends Animal Society has set a goal to achieve “no-kill” status across the whole nation by year 2025.