Just One Day
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.