A nationwide animal welfare organization has deemed Delaware as the first (and only) no-kill shelter state in the nation.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) announced on their Facebook page the designation from the Best Friends Animal Society, which has been working to save shelter animals for 35 years.

In order for a no-kill designation the community must achieve a 90% save rate for all dogs and cats coming into their shelters.  In this case the community was the entire state.

BVSPCA received a 2019 leadership award from Best Friends for their efforts in leading the way in Delaware towards the no-kill designation.

The organization recently took in more than 50 animals on a Wings of Rescue flight from Mississippi.

BVSPCA is having a special adoption event on Saturday, August 17th in which all adoption fees will be waived. 

August is the most difficult month for shelters across the country with the highest intakes and lowest number of adoptions.

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