Thanks to shelters like the SPCA of Southwest Michigan, animals lives are being saved at a high rate.

It has taken a lot of love and endless hours of work to achieve the incredible status of a "no kill state" for Michigan, but it is really worth every moment!

Deborah Schutt, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance founder and chairperson, made the statement that Michigan has now achieved the status of a No-Kill state.

WiLX.com is reporting that The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) began tracking these statistics in 2009 from annual reports submitted by shelters to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. According to the MPFA, approximately 120,000 dogs and cats were being euthanized in Michigan shelters every year. Here is the amazing news, the MPFA said that number is now just over 13,000.

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. Our beautiful state has reached this goal thanks to people like Katie Timber, her staff, and volunteers at our SPCA!

Thank you to everyone that saves and protects animals!