It's a benchmark that was reached in regards to all the shelters in the state in 2018.

To be considered a no-kill state, all the shelters combined must have 90 percent of animals either returned to owners, transferred to other shelters and rescues or adopted.

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) started tracking statistics about ten years ago; the numbers are combined from shelters all across the state. Back then, about 120,000 animals were put down in the state every year. Now, the number is less than 13,000.

The head of the MPFA says that there's still a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to cats. But still, let's take the small victories and move forward, right?!