While a certain percentage is not the goal, a quantitative benchmark can help guide lifesaving efforts. Saving 90% or more of the dogs and cats who enter shelters is the current benchmark for no-kill status. A community is considered to be no-kill when every brick-and-mortar shelter serving and/or located within the county has a save rate of 90% or higher.
If you have questions about Best Friends’ no-kill communities map, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not finding your local shelter? Check out the Pet Lifesaving Dashboard for a full list of shelters to see how you community is doing.