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What is Just One Day? For Shelter Animals It Is a Big Deal.

This morning I was all set to write about another topic when I came across a post on Facebook with this map. I was intrigued as I read the words below the map.

For this Just One Day we are asking shelters across the USA to stop killing and instead embrace the 300 million citizens of the USA who would like them to do so. Even if it is for Just One Day.

I’ll admit, my skeptical side said “Yeah. They’ll stop killing for one day, and on June 12th the killing begins again.”

But, after looking at some of the materials and the people who are supporting this campaign, I am having a change of heart. Yes. It is just one day. But this one day could mean so much for so many animals.

On this one day, June 11th, those who have the unfortunate task of killing shelter animals will instead be taking pictures of them and posting them on the internet, Facebook, and on Twitter. They will host adoption events and promote the pets they have in their shelters to help them get adopted. In their own words “On average, if each animal shelter in the USA adopts out or transferres to rescue groups an extra three animals on June 11, the USA can become a no kill nation, even if it is for Just One Day.” A worthy cause, don’t you think?

To me, this is more than a campaign, this is about saving lives. It’s also a great way to bring attention to the plight of many of our shelter animals.

So I am asking you to join the campaign for Just One Day.

Here is what you can do:
1. Join the campaign“Like” their Facebook Page
2. Spread the word – Share the map and the message on Twitter and Facebook
Example: Join me and thousands around the nation in asking animal shelters to stop killing animals for Just One Day. http://www.justoneday.ws/
3. Ask your local animal shelter to take the pledge.
4. Blog about it.
5. On June 11th, retweet and share the images of the pets that these shelters are sharing. Join in and support their efforts.

The map is changing every day as more and more shelters take the pledge. This may be a focus on just one day, but bringing awareness and encouraging people to adopt on this day makes a difference – for every pet who’s life is saved. Won’t you join me and others for Just One Day?

  1. Kate Anders
    April 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    I understand the draw but I have to say this stuff makes me feel sad and frustrated. First, people need to understand that in many MANY parts of this country there is no longer a horrible problem with over population (at least in dogs). In the NE and West Coast in particular, the spay/neuter message has really taken root and responsible owners are preventing unwanted litters. That said, the animals that make it to shelters are increasingly animals with serious health and behavioral issues. I think it’s important for all rescues and shelters – and supporters of those organizations – to recognize that there are animals that are NOT pets but look like pets. There are animals that pose a risk to people and, even with significant treatment and management, will never be safe living in our world. I see an increasing number of these animals and believe it is in part because of irrisponsible breeding of puppy mills and bad or uneducated breeders – and also because all those gret responisble owners with mentally and physically sound dogs HAVE been getting it right and spay/nuetering those dogs, thus removing those great genes from the pool. The decision to euthinize an animal for behavioral reasons is often increadble difficult for owners or shelter/rescue staff. Calling it “killing” trivializes the thought, care, screening and heartache of the people who have to make the decision to end and animal’s life. Yes – it would be great if we stopped putting to sleep great, sound animals because of overcrowding, lack of space, etc. But might it not be even better to have a day where shelters and rescues agreed to work together, openly help one another, swap or pass along animals, pool resources, share education?! I find the word “kill” thrown in to be insulting and all about a cheap attempt to grab attention rather than really look at a difficult problem and collabortate on ways to improve the situation. Sorry for my rant – just want to get to the heart of the issue.

    • May 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      The LA County Shelters are a disaster. All of them. We have it bad in NYC, but shelters like Downey, Devore, Castaic, Agoura, and about 8 others make our abyssmal system look like Club Med for companion animals.

      What “word” is more appropriate and forthright than “kill” to describe healthy or easily treatable animals (our shelters kill for kennel cough that THEIR filthy conditions give to them). It’s certainly not “euthanasia” because there’s nothing “good” or “merciful” about it.

      • Mel
        May 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        I have to agree Jay. Don’t get me wrong. I know that not every dog can be saved, but why would we choose to kill the ones that have kennel cough, are older, need additional training, etc.?

  2. Kristine
    April 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    My local shelter is already no-kill. Of course, as Kate alluded above, they do occasionally have to euthanize due to severe aggression or untreatable disease but this choice is never an easy one. However, I am proud to say that at the local organization I support, no animal is ever killed for space. Despite the fact we have a very large, very distressing cat overpopulation problem in Nova Scotia.

    I do know that the no-kill philosophy is not the standard throughout Canada or the United States and that many organizations in fact disprove of those that choose not to kill for space. I am assuming it is these latter organizations at which this day of awareness is directed and I fully support any initiative that helps save lives. It’s so easy to blame the public but I do feel shelters need to take some responsibility for the very large numbers of animals that are killed every year. There are other options.

    I also like what Kate said near the end of her comment: “But might it not be even better to have a day where shelters and rescues agreed to work together, openly help one another, swap or pass along animals, pool resources, share education?” Indeed it would. I think that is exactly what the no-kill philosophy is all about, in fact. Unfortunately we tend to let personal issues get in the way of doing the right thing. Hopefully “Just One Day” will play a role in changing that.

    Thanks for spreading the word, Mel!

  3. Jen
    April 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I think this sounds wonderful! Maybe it will start a revolution.

    My closest shelter tries very hard to be no-kill. My closest shelter is also, according to its Petfinder page, full.

    I’m not sure how well the message of spay/neuter has taken hold in the NE after all; there are daily messages of dogs (and cats, I’d guess) to be euthanized in the morning in New York City. Granted, that’s only part of the NE, but it’s still very sad. I confess, I’m a wuss, and can’t look at those dogs. If I could help them, I would, but I cannot, and that way lies madness.

  4. April 25, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    This is an amazing post. We’d love to have you let us use it as a guest post on Pet Blogs United, attributed back to you, of course.

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    Pam & Oskar

  5. Brian
    May 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Kate- the word “kill” is used b/c participating means your organization pledges to not do just that. If you read through the page you will see that the exceptions are 1.) animals suffering irremediably 2.) animals with severe aggression as diagnosed by a certified behaviorist. Those animals that are suffering in those ways, mentally and physically, ought not be forced to live out their lives in kennels. This is in line with the no kill philosophy and defined in the No Kill Equation. Just One Day addresses all these issues in detail and any shelter concerned about whether or not they would want to participate considering these conditions is more than welcome to contact the organizations involved. I don’t think referring to the act of “killing” an animal as euthanasia, in essence to make us all feel better, is fair to the animals. That’s not to say shelter staff don’t feel bad about the decision, clearly we all do. But calling it euthansia b/c a shelter doesn’t deal with overcrowding issues, among other things, is a mistake. Regardless of the words used I think you’ll find that Just One Day addresses in a very positive and supportive way many of the stumbling blocks, including overcrowding issues, that seem to prevent shelters from going no kill. Check it out http://www.justoneday.ws/

  6. sami
    April 20, 2017 at 12:14 AM

    Kill shelters is topic where no one is ever going to agree. In small downs there usually is not kill shelters but in cities there all over. The real question is, is euthanizing animals for no reason inhumane? My opinion yes, it is. In a few states (few as in maybe 4) shelters still use gas chambers to euthanize the animals. Gas chambers are painful and slow. They fill a small room with animals and then fill the air with toxic air that slowly stops the animals breathing. Health departments run kill shelters so they don’t care about euthanizing animals because all they want to do is keep the city “clean”, If they have any chance to stop diseases in the city there going to do it. Most animals are solely euthanized for there looks. To fat to ugly to skinny anything you can think of. Almost all the animals that are euthanized everyday have the perfect qualifications for pets. There are no requirements for animals going into kill shelters and honesty this is probably because the shelters are going to end up killing the animals any ways. Every one is going to have a different opinion which is fine. But we should try to meet half way at least for this concept. Animals shouldn’t be killed within 24 hours of being in the shelter because they haven’t been adopted yet. Give it time.

  1. April 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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