What is a No Kill Shelter?

When discussing No Kill the numbers matter. Every life is a number and every life counts. There are two common ways to determine if a shelter or rescue is No Kill.

Save Rate
They must have a Save Rate of more than 90% of their animals to be considered No Kill. A Save Rate is determined by the ratio of animals with “Live Outcomes” and divides it by the number of “Total Outcomes”

Human Population Benchmark
The ratio of animals killed yearly to human population in a community can also determine if they are No Kill, This can be done by taking the number of pets killed during one year and dividing it by the number of 1,000 people in the community. This number should be no more than 2 animals per every 1000 people yearly.