Faithful Friends was started in the year 2000, by a group of citizens who knew animals needed a voice. At that time 90% of the animals entering Delaware’s publicly funded shelter each year were euthanized. Our state has come a long way since the year 2000, but there is still work to do!
Faithful Friends has led the way for better protection for companion animals both in the home and in local shelters.
2006: Delaware’s first spay/neuter legislation is signed into law.
This becomes a national model for animal welfare. A public spay/neuter fund is created to help pet owners on public assistance and shelters are now required to spay/neuter pets prior to adoption.
2010: Delaware’s Animal Shelter Standards Law is signed and becomes a national model for animal welfare.
Shelters are now required to provide basic medical care to animals; extend stray hold to 72-hours for both dogs and cats, and requires lifesaving steps before euthanasia. The law also requires shelter to publically post outcomes, ending the secrecy of mass killing.
2011-2013: Faithful Friends requests that Delaware’s animal welfare services be consolidated and moved under a supportive state agency.
The state legislature appoints a task force to review and in 2013 The Office of Animal Welfare is created and placed in the Department of Health and Human Services. All animal welfare and safety is consolidated under this office.