According to WILX news 10, Michigan is now officially a no kill state for shelter animals.

To be considered a no kill state, 90 percent of animals are either returned to owners, transferred to other shelters and rescue organizations, or adopted.

When the shelters in a state combine to meet the 90% target, that state is considered No-Kill for shelter animals.

Only Delaware, which has three shelters, compared to 174 in Michigan, also reached the No-Kill benchmark last year.

In 2018, Michigan reached that percentage.

Experts will continue to work with shelters and rescue organizations to implement best practices, decrease overall length of stay in the shelter and improve the quality of life for homeless pets while they are in a shelter.