Among animal lovers, the prevailing wisdom of the day is "Don't shop, adopt." This has to do with the fact that animal shelters throughout the country are full of animals who would love nothing more than to find a forever home.
And although shelter life and loneliness are certainly not ideal for dogs, there's a lot more to the passion behind that phrase from a human's perspective. After all, unlike the animals themselves, we know that in a lot of cases, a dog that doesn't get adopted is in danger of dying.
However, we may be starting to see a change to this sad reality if Delaware's recent achievements as a no-kill state provides lessons for other states.