Our History

Faithful Friends was founded in 2000, as Citizens for the Protection and Care of Animals, by a group of local animal lovers who believe there is a better way to address the problem of pet homelessness than mass euthanasia. At that time, 80-90% of animals entering shelters did not make it out alive.

Currently, about 16,000 pets become homeless in Delaware and over 5,000 are destroyed in Delaware’s publicly funded shelters. The vast majority of these pets are destroyed because of space limitations, behavioral issues and medical challenges.

These numbers do not take into account the thousands of homeless cats that huddle near dumpsters, living in fear. They need our help and the best solution is a coodinated Trap-Neuter-Return effort and a colony care program.

Pet overpopulation and homelessness is a community problem, not a shelter problem. It takes a unified effort within the community to solve the problem and to do so in a humane, effective manner.

Faithful Friends is committed to the national no-kill goal for the entire state. This state goal is in line with the goal set by Best Friends Animal Society to make our nation and no-kill nation! This means that we are committed to working for a day when all Delaware shelters save ALL healthy, treatable and trainable animals, resulting in a 90% or higher save rate.

Faithful Friends is also committed to fight for the welfare of animals in all local shelters, so that all pets in our community receive the treatment and care they deserve. We hope you will join this effort!

 

Animal Advocacy

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.