Delaware becomes first 'no-kill' state for animal shelters

Nicknamed “The First State,” Delaware has racked up
even more kudos: it has recently been named the first and only
no-kill animal shelter state in the country.

According to the
Best Friends Animal Society website
, a nonprofit animal welfare
group, a no-kill community “is one that acts on the belief that
every healthy, adoptable dog and healthy cat should be saved, and
that its focus should be on saving as many lives as possible
through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other
community support programs rather than achieving a specific
numerical outcome.”

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In order to be considered no-kill, a state must report at least
a 90 percent save rate for all cats and dogs entering shelters, the website

The nonprofit organization’s website also says the group is
committed to aiding homeless pets from coast to coast. “That
means leading local no-kill initiatives, working to end breed
discrimination, eliminating
puppy mills
and keeping community cats (stray and feral
felines) safe and out of shelters through TNR (trap-neuter-return)
programs,” the site reads.

Adding to the excitement, Brandywine Valley SPCA said it was
also recognized by Best Friends for its leadership and dedication
with the no-kill shelter plan.

“The Brandywine Valley SPCA has a live release rate of 95
percent for the more than 14,000 animals a year we intake,” Linda
Torelli, marketing director of Brandywine Valley SPCA,
told CNN
. “Within Delaware, we intake more than 60 percent of
the animals entering shelters and more than four times the next
largest shelter, so our policies have had a significant impact on
the state becoming no-kill.”

In 2018, about
733,000 dogs and cats
were killed in animal shelters across the
country, because the animals didn’t find
homes. But Best Friends believes this can change in the U.S. by
2025 if everyone commits.

Some of Delaware’s programs that earned the state its place as
the first no-kill state include adoption events, trap/neuter/spay
programs for cats that
might not be adoptable, low-cost veterinary clinics, education
programs and behavioral training for dogs that need additional

If you’re interested in working on a no-kill resolution for
your community or state, you can obtain important information and
guidelines from the Best Friends website.

+ Best Friends
Animal Society


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Delaware becomes first 'no-kill' state for animal shelters