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Feature November 2019 Issue

Delaware Becomes the First State Without Kill Shelters

It was the very first state in the U.S., and now it’s the first state in the country to become a no-kill state for shelter animals. It’s not a law but, rather, a designation bestowed by the Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit animal welfare organization that works to help put an end to the euthanasia of unwanted pets in animal shelters across the country.

A state’s no-kill status is achieved once it reaches a shelter save rate of 90 percent or higher. The Best Friends Animal Society hopes to make the United States a no-kill country by the year 2025, teaming up with shelters, animal welfare organizations, and government agencies to make sure every animal without a home gets adopted. Currently, cats are euthanized at approximately twice the rate of dogs.

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