No-Kill Community & Shelter Map

There are thousands of no-kill communities throughout the United States, and more are being added every month. These no-kill communities act on core values that prioritize the health and safety of pets and people in that community — and focus on saving lives through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other lifesaving programs.

See the map below to find no-kill shelters and communities across the country.



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

Not finding your local shelter? Check out the Pet Lifesaving Dashboard for a full list of shelters to see how you community is doing.