The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance said that the state had achieved the no-kill status and has been able to reduce the death of shelter animals.
It is good news for the state of Michigan after it got declared a "no-kill" state by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA). Newsweek reported that the organization announced the happy news after the shelters across the state had managed to release at least 90 percent of its animals to owners, other shelters or rescue organizations in 2018.
“This is an amazing first for our state. 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,” said Deborah Schutt, founder, and chairperson of the organization quoted Newsweek. With so many shelters in the state, the goal was more difficult compared to other states. This achievement despite the challenges has made the organization proud.
However, the organization says it faces problems releasing healthy cats as they fail to find feline homes in many communities across the state. "While it's exciting to see Michigan as a state achieve 'No Kill' status by reaching the 90 percent goal, we still have a few communities struggling to save lives, especially with cats. We will continue to work with shelters and rescue organizations to implement best practices, decrease overall length of stay in the shelter and improve the quality of life for homeless pets while they are in shelter," said Schutt.
MPFA, the only organization in the state that is focused on ending the euthanization of healthy and medically treatable cats and dogs have been tracking the annual reports from the shelters for the last 10 years. The report showed that the number of dogs and cats that die in shelters reduced from 120,000 every year to around 13,000 in 2018.
The organization helps end animal killings by providing rescue and shelters with funds to pay off veterinary bills for elderly animals or other animals with special needs. Apart from financial support, it also offers assistance to shelters in the form of training programs and mentoring.