To be considered a “no-kill” state, 90 percent of animals are either returned to owners, transferred to other shelters and rescue organizations, or adopted.
“This is an incredible first for our state,” said Deborah Schutt, Founder, and President of MPFA. “When a state’s shelters combine to reach the goal of 90%, this state is considered a flawless system for shelter animals. Only Delaware, which has three shelters, compared to 174 in Michigan, also reached the No Kill benchmark last year. ”
In 2018, Michigan has reached this percentage.
“While it’s exciting to see Michigan as a state achieving No-Kill status by reaching the 90% goal, we still have some communities struggling to save lives, especially with cats,” Schutt said. . “We will continue to work with shelters and relief organizations to implement best practices, reduce the total length of stay in the shelter and improve the quality of life of homeless pets during their stay in a shelter.”
The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) began tracking these statistics in 2009 from the annual reports submitted by the shelters to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
According to the MPFA, approximately 120,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in Michigan shelters each year.
The MPFA has indicated that this number is now slightly over 13,000.