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BTAA earns 'no-kill' status in 2022

| October 25, 2023 1:00 AM

Better Together Animal Alliance has been recognized by the Best Friends Animal Society for their ongoing commitment to maintaining a no-kill philosophy.

This accolade, based on data from 2022, places BTAA in an elite category of organizations nationwide dedicated to the cause of saving 90% or more of animals entering shelters, a significant step towards realizing the vision of a no-kill nation. In 2022, BTAA far exceeded this goal, reaching 98%.

Animal welfare organizations that identify as no-kill facilities do not euthanize animals in order to create space for new animals. However, they may euthanize animals to relieve pain and suffering or to protect the public from animals who are considered too dangerous to be adopted.

Best Friends Animal Society, a renowned leader in the animal welfare sector, has evaluated and recognized BTAA's unwavering commitment to creating a culture of caring and compassion. This recognition is a testament to BTAA's relentless efforts in providing shelter, care, and support to animals in need while ensuring their safety, well-being, and the pursuit of loving homes.

"We are truly honored to receive this recognition from Best Friends Animal Society," said Mandy Evans, executive director of BTAA. "This acknowledgement is a testament to the dedication of our staff, volunteers, and supporters who work tirelessly day in and day out to ensure that every animal in our care is given a second chance at a happy and healthy life."

The accomplishment represents a dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and motivated supporters, Julie Castle, BFAS CEO, said in a letter to BTAA officials.

"It represents innovative, thoughtful programming. And it represents extraordinary leadership, both within your organization and within our broader animal welfare movement," she said.

This achievement not only highlights BTAA's commitment to the welfare of animals but also underscores their vital role in helping shelters nationwide reduce shelter intake by supporting pet parents and offering the Home to Home program as an option. BTAA is determined to continue its mission, forging ahead in the pursuit of a compassionate and "no-kill" future.

In Idaho, no-kill shelters saved about 37,185 of the 40,735 animals which entered the care of all shelters. According to BFAS data, 24 of the state's 30 shelters are no-kill, with a total save rate of 91.3%.

In Bonner County, BFAS data shows that the county's two no-kill shelters saved 3,317 officers in 2022. A total of 3,385 cats and dogs have been accepted into the shelter's care.

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