"Only Delaware, which has three shelters, compared to 174 in Michigan, also reached the No Kill benchmark last year.”
Michigan is now officially a "no-kill state" for shelter animals, according to Newsweek. For a state to be considered a "no-kill", 90 percent of animals are either returned to owners, transferred to other shelters and rescue organizations, or are adopted. “This is an amazing first for our state,” said Deborah Schutt, MPFA founder, and chairperson, according to WILX10. “When the shelters in a state combine to meet the 90% target, that state is considered No-Kill for shelter animals. Only Delaware, which has three shelters, compared to 174 in Michigan, also reached the No Kill benchmark last year.”
MI is now a #NoKill State for shelter pets. No guarantees pounds can ban "catch & kill". But if a law can force shelters to adopt out, (& #TNR cats), that saves tax$. For every $1 spent on spay/neuter, you save $10 on housing, killing and disposing a pet!https://t.co/f1khkBW2Nw— Barbi Twins (@Barbi_Twins) September 10, 2019
In 2018, Michigan reached that percentage. “While it’s exciting to see Michigan as a state achieve No-Kill status by reaching the 90% goal, we still have a few communities struggling to save lives, especially with cats,” Schutt said. “We will continue to work with shelters and rescue organizations to implement best practices, decrease the overall length of stay in the shelter and improve the quality of life for homeless pets while they are in a shelter.”
The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) began tracking these statistics in 2009 with help from the annual reports submitted by shelters to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. According to the MPFA, approximately 120,000 dogs and cats were being euthanized in Michigan shelters every year. Now, MPFA said that number is now just over 13,000.
However, PETA believes these "no-kill" policies are slowly killing animals anyway. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals believes that the "no-kill" shelters were a method to raise more money for statewide groups and that it "spells disaster" for the homeless cats and dogs in such shelters. William Eardley commented on Facebook: yeah so they will find other ways to kill them. needs to be mandatory spay and neuter state, especially for casts and pit bulls.
Donna J. Caraballo added: That is a great goal to achieve, but unfortunately (at least here in the South) shelters are not policed as to the actual number that shelters provide 😞 Shelter staff decides on which are "aggressive" or "too sick" to save. I agree with William, spay/neuter laws need to be enacted and enforced and that other 10% will not be euthanized just for being born. Ray Campeau added: How in the world can there be negative comments on this thread? Unbelievable! You find negativity in anything if you look hard enough, but what a monumental waste of time.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.