BVSPCA cares for about 14,000 animals per year at its three shelters across Delaware. To achieve no-kill status, the organization implemented several programs, such as spaying and neutering stray cats, allowing open adoptions (which don't require intense home inspections), and plenty of reduced-fee adoption events. It also offers free vaccines and an emergency vet fund to help keep animals out of shelters in the first place.
“There’s a long list of reasons why great pets end up in shelters,” said Linda Torelli of BVSPCA. “I’d encourage people to have an open mind of the kind of animals you’re going to find in a shelter. In most cases, you’re going to find what you’re looking for.”
How does the rest of the country compare? According to Best Friends Animal Society, an entirely no-kill country could be a reality by 2025. The number of euthanized shelter animals has fallen steadily in recent years, and Best Friends Chief Mission Officer, Holly Sizemore, is confident that the public wants to be a part of the solution.
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