What is 2025?
It’s the year that no dog or cat will ever be killed in a shelter again, simply for not having a home. That’s the commitment of Best Friends Animal Society, our members and our nationwide partners. And that’s the deadline we’ve given ourselves.
Today, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed every single day in animal shelters across the country, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. But Best Friends is working with you to reduce that number to zero by the year 2025.
We have already come far. When Best Friends began work in 1984, an estimated 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in our nation’s shelters every year, simply for not having homes. Now that number is down to about 1.5 million. That is enormous progress.
Click the map to see progress in your state or region.
But it is still 1.5 million too many. And so Best Friends has planted a stake in the ground to end the killing completely by 2025.
Making every city a no-kill city
No-kill doesn’t mean an end to animal euthanasia. When a pet is suffering and cannot be cured, euthanasia is the humane thing to do.
Creating no-kill cities simply means that healthy or treatable pets will not be killed for the sake of making more space in shelters. A 90 percent save rate is the general threshold for cities to be considered no-kill. It’s a percentage that allows for euthanasia and a small number of natural deaths, while being high enough to imply that pets aren’t being killed for other reasons. Our goal is to help every city in the country meet the no-kill threshold by 2025.
Is this possible?
Yes. Working collaboratively with shelters, other animal welfare organizations and individuals around the country, we have already made tremendous progress in cities large and small.
Best Friends is leading coalitions of animal welfare groups in places like Los Angeles, Utah and the Southeast. We have more than 2,000 network partner groups, representing every single state, who are working for no-kill in their own cities. We have initiatives to put an end to some of the root causes of pet homelessness, including puppy mills, breed-discriminatory legislation and a shortage of trap-neuter-return programs for community (feral) cats.
And the country is ready for it. Today, more people than ever before agree that killing animals is not a good solution to pet homelessness. In fact, 71 percent think it should never be done*.
* From the 2011 AP-Petside.com poll. “71% said this statement came closest to their view, ‘Animal shelters should only be allowed to euthanize animals when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.’”
How can you be a part of this?
Sign up your shelter, rescue group or other animal welfare group for Shelter Animals Count, and encourage other animal welfare groups in your neighborhood to do the same. Counting saves lives!
If you’re an individual, pledge to help Save Them All by signing up to stay engaged. Become a Best Friends member and your gifts will save lives all across the nation, leading the way to ending the killing by 2025.