Delaware becomes first no-kill state for animal shelters, activists say

Posted: 1:27 AM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 08:29:04-04

Delaware has become the first no-kill state in the U.S. for animals that enter shelters , according to animal welfare activists.

The Best Friends Animal Society , which tracks no-kill rates by state, announced the state's achievement at its annual conference in Dallas last month.

For a state to be considered no-kill by the group, it must save at least 90% of dogs and cats entering shelters.

In Delaware, 11,900 animals were saved out of 12,800 that entered shelters , according to the Best Friends Animal Society. The state has a total of 59 no-kill shelters.

Last year, about 733,000 dogs and cats were killed in the U.S., according to the Best Friend Animal Society. About 2,000 animals die every day in shelters, with a rate of two cats for every dog, according to the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Pennsylvania.

Activists are focusing on states like Florida , Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, due to limited resources and pet overpopulation, according to the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

The Best Friends Animal Society aims to achieve no-kill status for dogs and cats nationwide by 2025.