Each day our nation’s shelters kill around 10,000 animals in their care, that’s an average of seven animals each minute. Just One Day is an annual event that’s working to change that. June 11, 2014. For many it’s just another day, but for over 1,200 animal shelters nationwide, it’s a day they will embrace life by joining the 3rd annual Just One Day event. Instead of killing the animals in their care, these shelters will work hard to adopt them.
“Instead of going into body bags in freezers, the animals will go out the front door in the loving arms of families. At the end of the day, the shelters will be emptier than when the day started. And, no one will have had to die in order to make that happen.” This prediction, from the Just One Day website, is not just wishful thinking; it is based on previous, dramatic successes. In its first year, the Just One Day event saved almost 9,000 lives and last year over 12,000 animals were saved.
Last year’s event was so successful that shelters had an unprecedented number of adoptions. Nathan Winograd, founder of the No Kill Advocacy Center, wrote about last years event: “In Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 76 animals found a home. In San Antonio, Texas, 117 animals were placed. Similar stories occurred in shelters across the country, including shelters with historically high rates of killing and low numbers of adoptions.”
While some people claim that the staggering number of animals killed in shelters is inevitable, this event is annual, living proof that there is an alternative. Even if a shelter only spares an at-risk animal for one day, it could mean a new life for a loving and grateful pet, with many years of shared happiness for you and your family. If you’re interested in adopting a pet, check out the Just One Day Website and find a participating shelter or rescue group in your area.