What Illinois could do to become no-kill shelter state

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS – Executive Director Holly Crotty says each county needs to adjust budgeting for animal healthcare which will in turn, help increase survival rates.

There are more than four thousand no-kill animal shelters in the United States. Right now, Central Illinois has only a handful of them.

After Delaware declared itself a no-kill state, local shelters are weighing in on what it would take for Illinois to follow suit. If the state could be designated a no-kill shelter state, it would mean more pets going to forever homes, but there are still a few boxes that need to be checked. Representatives at Taps No-Kill Animal Shelter in Pekin say Central Illinois is already moving forward.

“I have seen great strides in the seven years I have been at taps with both Peoria County and Tazewell County Animal Control. Both of their directors do an excellent job,” said Holly Crotty, executive director at Taps No-Kill Animal Shelter.

“They need to make funding in their budgets a priority, so that animal controls have their resources to care for the animals that come into them with medical needs,” said Crotty.

Crotty also says the community will have to pull together and do its part to adopt and keep furry friends from going to shelters.

“I think one of the most significant things where we need to see progress are individuals spaying and neutering their pets, so that unwanted litters of puppies and kittens don’t end up in the shelter systems,” said Crotty.

If Illinois decides to follow Delaware’s path to a no-kill state, it means shelters would save at least 90% of the animals.

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