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Eau Claire Humane Association Maintained No-Kill in 2022

More than 90% of the Dogs and Cats That Entered the Shelter Last Year Were Saved at ECCHA.

December 5, 2023 (Eau Claire, WI) – The Eau Claire County Humane Association maintained no-kill in 2022, according to Best Friends Animal Society’s annual data report –  This means the shelter saved more than 90% of the dogs and cats that entered the shelter last year.

“We made a commitment to our community, to our stakeholders, and to our homeless animals in our area that we would do whatever it takes to save more lives. Thanks to the amazing support of the community, we have been successful at keeping our live release rate higher than it has ever been in the past. We do this because our community supports us financially, allowing us to treat sick and injured animals, and by the record number of adoptions we see each year” Shelley Janke, Director of ECCHA.

Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025, recognizes the achievement as a positive step forward and one that can be replicated by other shelters in Wisconsin.

*A 90 percent save rate is the nationally recognized benchmark to be considered “no-kill,” factoring that approximately 10 percent of pets who enter shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia rather than killing for lack of space.

About the Eau Claire County Humane Association

The Eau Claire County Humane Association (ECCHA) is dedicated to promoting the well-being and protection of all domestic pets and small agricultural animals. We give animals a voice by educating the public about the need for the humane treatment of all animals and responsible pet ownership. Our goal is to create a better community for both pets and people.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 378,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit


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