KANAB, Utah (CBS19 NEWS) -- A national organization has released its latest report on the number of cats and dogs that go through shelters each year, with Virginia ranking well.

According to a release, Best Friends Animal Society considers a 90 percent “save rate” as a national benchmark for an animal shelter to be considered “no-kill.”

This factors in that about 10 percent of pets that go into shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances warranting euthanasia for humane reasons rather than euthanasia due to lack of space.

In 2021, more than 98,700 animals were saved in Virginia, giving the Commonwealth a save rate of 86.3 percent. That is out of the 114,420 animals that went into shelters.

Additionally, more than 60 percent of the animal shelters in Virginia reached the 90 percent benchmark to be called “no-kill” facilities.

The release says shelters that fell below this benchmark needed to save about 5,400 more healthy or treatable animals in order to put Virginia among the list of no-kill states, which is when every brick-and-mortar shelter that is located within or serves a state has a save rate of 90 percent or higher.

At this time, only two states are considered "no-kill," Delaware and New Hampshire.

In 2020, Virginia’s save rate was 84.8 percent with 60 percent of shelters hitting the 90 percent benchmark.

The release says that for the first time in five years, shelter systems across the country have been seeing a setback in their lifesaving efforts.

For 2021, the number of dogs and cats that were euthanized for reasons other than severe medical or behavioral issues increased from 347,000 to 355,000.

In part, staffing shortages that resulted in limited hours, decreased volunteer hours, reduced adoption events, and lack of pet care support were among the reasons listed for this.

Best Friends found that the animal shelter crisis in the country has grown due to increasing intakes and fewer adoptions.

To view the report, click here.