Just One Day

Four million.

That’s how many dogs and cats are euthanized each year in American animal shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

All of those deaths break down to about one every eight seconds or 10,411 every day.

This is a heavy topic, I know. And it’s Monday.

But this Monday, June 11, is a special day.

It’s Just One Day.

Animal advocates in the no-kill movement have asked the nation’s shelters not to euthanize for 24 hours. The goal is to save at least one day’s worth of otherwise doomed shelter pets and raise awareness about the adoption option.

You can see which shelter organizations in your state have taken the one-day pledge over at the Just One Day website.

According to the coordinators of Just One Day, a no-kill nation could be achieved for the day if every U.S. shelter adopts out or transfers into rescue just three extra animals today.

So, if you’ve been thinking about adding a shelter pet to your family on a permanent or foster basis, this would be a good day to take the plunge.

Start by browsing the adoptables at Kansas City Pet Project, the chronically overflowing shelter in my town.

Have you ever rescued a pet from a shelter? Share your story in the comments.


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on June 11, 2012, in Dogs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I do hope Just One Day is successful and the lives of 10,411 dogs and cats can be saved today..

  2. We sprung our Oscar from the slammer when he was just a puppy – he’s our entire world. Also two of our foster dogs have come directly from the shelter.

  3. In November, of 2004, we went to our local shelter, & adopted Phoebe. She was a German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix, & 5 years old. We were her 4th owners, in her 5 years of life; this was, through no fault of Phoebe’s, just, family situations, where they always had to bring Phoebe back to this shelter. Phoebe was with us for 7 years; October of 2011, we had to help Phoebe , cross the Rainbow Bridge. R. I. P. PHOEBE!

  4. Great article/post – and the JUST ONE MORE DAY event turned out better than anyone expected!!

  5. Four Million? Holy cow!

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