[Correction: December 26. The Cleveland Pets Examiner regrets that it was mistakenly reported in the original article that Animal Protection League of Mercer in Celina, OH was one of the shelters on the "No" list. APL of Mercer is a no-kill rescue organization that did not take the pledge because they felt it implied that they are a kill shelter, which they are not. Sincere apologies to the volunteers and foster homes working through the APL of Mercer.]
National issue advocacy organization AnimalsVote.org launched their “No Kill Mondays” initiative today; a national campaign to stop shelters from killing animals. The purpose of “No-Kill Mondays” is to raise awareness about the number of animals killed and asks shelters to commit to not euthanizing animals on Mondays.
AnimalsVote asked 2,500 shelters across the U.S. to take the pledge. So far, they report that 629 shelters have responded with a definitive answer. The results may surprise you.
The current count is that 41 shelters have taken the pledge, and 588 have said NO, they will not stop even for one day a week. Not a single Ohio shelter has taken the pledge. The following shelters responded “NO.”
Ashland County Dog Shelter Ashland, OH
Ashtabula County Animal Protective League Ashtabula, OH
Ashtabula County Humane Society Jefferson, OH
Athens County Humane Society Athens, OH
Capital Area Humane Society Hilliard, OH
Carroll County Dog Pound Carrollton, OH
City of Cleveland Kennel Cleveland, OH
Columbiana County Dog Pound Lisbon, OH
Coshocton County Animal Shelter Coshocton, OH
Defiance County Humane Society Defiance, OH
Euclid Animal Shelter Euclid, OH
Fairfield County Dog Shelter Lancaster, OH
Gallia County Animal Shelter Gallipolis, OH
Geauga County Dog Shelter & Warden' Chardon, OH
Guernsey County Dog Pound Cambridge, OH
Hardin County Dog Pound Kenton, OH
Humane Society of Allen County Lima, OH
Humane Society of Ashland County Ashland County, OH
Humane Society of Delaware County Delaware, OH
Humane Society of Greater Dayton Dayton, OH
Humane Society of Jackson County oh Jackson, OH
Humane Society of Preble County Eaton, OH
Humane Society Serving Crawford Co. Bucyrus, OH
Independence Animal Control Shelter Independence, OH
Lakewood Animal Shelter Lakewood, OH
Licking County Animal Shelter Heath, OH
Love-a-Stray Avon Lake, OH
Mercer County Pound Celina, OH
Montgomery County Animal Resource Dayton, OH
Morgan County Humane Society Inc. Chesterhill, OH
Pickaway County Dog Shelter Circleville, OH
Ross County Humane Society Chillicothe, OH
Sandusky County Dog Pound Fremont, OH
Second Chance Humane Society Johnstown, OH
SICSA Kettering, OH
Stark County Dog Warden Department Canton, OH
The Humane Society Serving Logan Co Bellefontaine, OH
Warren County Humane Association Lebanon, OH
Western Reserve Humane Society Euclid, OH
Williams County Humane Society Bryan, OH
Shelter responses are publicly displayed on the AnimalsVote.org “scoreboard,” so visitors to the site can see if their local shelter has signed the pledge or refused participation. The scoreboard also provides the option to contact the shelters to encourage a commitment against euthanizing pets.
The group’s sister organization, DogsInDanger.com, estimates that roughly 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America each year; an amount that totals 11,000 deaths daily. This number comprises nearly half the pets that enter shelters. Research shows that each day a pet remains in a shelter increase its chances of living by 8.3 percent - every day counts.
Regular readers of the Cleveland Pets Examiner know that many shelter animals are peoples’ displaced pets, and that any extra time they can get to be reunited with their families is time well spent.
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