Delaware becomes first no-kill state for animal shelters, activists say
By Julia Jacobo, ABC News
Aug 12, 2019
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.
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