Delaware Becomes the First State to Achieve ‘No-Kill’ Status for Its Animal Shelters

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If you just don’t have enough room in your home to adopt one more stray cat or dog you see wandering your neighborhood streets, take it to Delaware. The small, oceanside state just became the first no-kill shelter state in the U.S., CNN reports.

The recognition was announced by Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare organization that works with shelters across the nation to help them care for animals without resorting to euthanization. In order to qualify for the no-kill designation, a state must achieve a 90 percent save rate for all shelter dogs and cats; in other words, Delaware hasn’t passed any legislation to ban killing shelter animals, but instead is actively working to keep their statewide save rate at 90 percent (or above).

Why not 100 percent? Best Friends acknowledges that sometimes, euthanasia is still the kindest option for some former strays who are beyond rehabilitation. “Animals may still be euthanized humanely if they are irredeemably sick or injured,” the website states. “But they are not killed in order to make space for more animals.”

Brandywine Valley SPCA, an organization with shelter locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, shared the news across social media last week, and marketing director Linda Torelli explained to CNN why the organization considered it a personal victory.

“Within Delaware, we intake more than 60 percent of the animals entering shelters and more than four times the next largest shelter,” Torelli said. “So our policies have had a significant impact on the state becoming no-kill.” That’s more than 14,000 animals, she added, with a save rate of 95 percent. They accomplish it mostly through mega adoption events, neuter and spaying programs for cats to make them more easily adoptable, low-cost veterinary clinics, education programs, and behavioral training programs for dogs.

Delaware is the first state in what Best Friends Animal Society hopes will be a long, steady line of states that will rise to this new standard. According to its website, the organization hopes to achieve a 90 percent save rate nationwide by 2025. You can find out what your state’s numbers look like here.

If you think you might have a little extra room in your house (and your heart) for a new companion, let these 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog be the friendly push that you need.

[h/t CNN]

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

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Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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The Reason Your Dog Follows You Everywhere

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Crew, Unsplash

Depending on your mood, a dog that follows you everywhere can be annoying or adorable. The behavior is also confusing if you're not an expert on pet behavior. So what is it about the canine companions in our lives that makes them stick by our sides at all times?

Most experts agree on a few different reasons why some dogs are clingy around their owners. One is their pack mentality. Dogs may have been domesticated thousands of years ago, but they still consider themselves to be part of a group like their wild ancestors. When there are no other dogs around, their human family becomes their pack. According to Reader's Digest, this genetic instinct is also what motivates dogs to watch you closely and seek out your physical touch.

The second reason for the behavior has to do with the bond between you and your pet. As veterinarian Dr. Rachel Barrack told the American Kennel Club, puppies as old as 6 months can imprint on their human owners like they would their own mothers. Even older dogs will bond with the humans in their lives who show them care and affection. In these cases, a dog will shadow its owner because it sees them as an object of trust and security.

The last possible explanation for why your dog follows you has more to do with your treatment of them than their natural instincts. A popular training tactic is positive reinforcement—i.e. rewarding a dog with treats, pets, and praise when they perform positive behaviors. The point is to help your dog associate good behaviors with rewards, but after a while, they may start to associate your presence with rewards as well. That means if your dog is following you, they may be looking for treats or attention.

A clingy dog may be annoying, but it usually isn't a sign of a larger problem. If anything, it means your dog sees you in a positive light. So enjoy the extra companionship, and don't be afraid to close the door behind when you need some alone time.