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National Day of No Kill Saves Thousands of Animals

National Day of No Kill Saves Thousands of Animals

On June 11, the anniversary of the first No Kill community in the U.S., at least 800 animal welfare organizations, animal control centers, private animal shelters and rescue organizations joined forces to save homeless pets and pledged not to kill any healthy, adoptable animals for Just One Day, the first national day of No Kill in the U.S.

The No Kill Advocacy Center and Animal Ark, who organized the event, estimate that as many as 9,000 animals were saved, but believe that number is conservative.

“We proved that there are enough homes for shelter animals,” said Mike Fry of Animal Ark. “So long as the shelters engage the animal-loving American public in positive and constructive ways, they will swoop in to help the shelters to save lives.”

For the campaign, techs were asked to put down syringes and instead pick up their cameras and hit social media sites with photos to promote animals who needed a forever home. Rescuers marketed to the public, stayed open longer, offered discounted adoption rates and hosted events. The facilities that are usually closed on Mondays stayed open and the response from hundreds of communities nationwide was overwhelming.

“Some shelters literally ran out of animals,” said Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center. “With empty cages all over their shelters, many of them realized they were not going to have to kill any animals on June 12, either. Many decided to continue their events each day for Just One More Day.”

According to an update, B.A.R.C. in Houston saved 231 animals. Miami-Dade Animal Services placed 116 animals and passed a No Kill resolution. In Armarillo, Texas, animal control placed 47 animals by 4:30 and adoptions kept moving too fast for the computer system to keep up. Boone County Animal Shelter in Kentucky saved 57 animals. Roanoke in Virginia reported 36 adoptions by mid-day and a shelter full of potential adopters, while another facility reported staff crying tears of joy.

“In short, it was the single, safest day for homeless animals in shelters this century, with the support, endorsement and embrace of traditional shelters all over the country. And the shelters participating did not shy away from embracing No Kill or the term.†It was a watershed moment. Not just because they did so or the animals normally killed in years past were saved, but because of the valuable lessons hundreds of traditional shelters across the country learned,” said Winograd.

“They learned that No Kill is not to be feared. They learned that rescue groups are not to be feared. And they learned that the public is not to be feared. In fact, we are all partnersóready, willing, and able to work together the moment they decide to do so.”

For more information, visit Just One Day.

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3:56AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

THE DAY MUST COME VERY VERY SOON TO STOP THE KILLING OF DOGS... IN THE GAS CHAMBERS IT IS HORRIFIC & TERRIBLY CRUEL... SPAY & NEUTER.. SPAY & NEUTER IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO FOR THE FUTURE... THEIR WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH KIND HEARTED SOULS TO GIVE ALL THE ANIMALS A GOOD & SECURE & LOVING HOMES..
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE BREEDING TO MAKE MONEY WITH ABSOLUTELY NO THOUGHT FOR THE KIND OF HOME THE DOGS WILL GO TO... JUST SHEER UTTER GREED.. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE CONTROLLED & UNTIL THEY ARE THERE WILL NEVER BE A HAPPY OUTCOME.. THE WHOLE SITUATION IS VERY SAD & HEARTBREAKING...
THERE SHOULD ALSO BE A LAW WORLDWIDE TO PUNISH ALL FORMS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.. LOOK AT CHINA THE MIDDLE EAST ALSO SPAIN, I COULD GO ON.. IT IS ALL SHOCKING !!
THESE ANIMALS ARE GOD'S CREATURES TOO !

1:39PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

awesome. 364 to go!

10:53PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

But, sadly, I have to ask-what is happening today?

4:45AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Thankyou! What a great step forward!

2:24PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Wonderful article and movement. Now if we could just become a no-kill nation permanently! It's great that the shelters learned that "no-kill" is not a bad thing or something to be afraid of.

7:46AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

This is the first step - an important step - to taking America towards true spiritual happiness, enlightenment and freedom. When America stops killing its animals the day will be blessed. When animals feel safe and happy in this country everything will change for the better. The economy will improve, employment will increase, natural disasters will be less frequent and America will truly be a land of the blessed. There will be much less violence and crime. How are these connected to animals one might ask? The answer is simple. The souls of animals whom you love so much will pour their blessings upon this land. No negative forces will be allowed to dwell in this land which will truly be spiritual. When Americans turn vegetarian, there will be a remarkable change in the country. The environment will change. Diseases like cancer and hypertension and diabetes will reduce. Human suffering will end.This is not just a crazy wishful thinking stuff. it's reality. Study the connection between environment and meat eating in detail and you'll know what I mean.

7:44AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

This is the first step - an important step - to taking America towards true spiritual happiness, enlightenment and freedom. When America stops killing its animals the day will be blessed. When animals feel safe and happy in this country everything will change for the better. The economy will improve, employment will increase, natural disasters will be less frequent and America will truly be a land of the blessed. There will be much less violence and crime. How are these connected to animals one might ask? The answer is simple. The souls of animals whom you love so much will pour their blessings upon this land. No negative forces will be allowed to dwell in this land which will truly be spiritual. When Americans turn vegetarian, there will be a remarkable change in the country. The environment will change. Diseases like cancer and hypertension and diabetes will reduce. Human suffering will end.This is not just a crazy wishful thinking stuff. it's reality. Study the connection between environment and meat eating in detail and you'll know what I mean.

8:19AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

This is wonderful! I was wondering how that day made out, and I'm so happy to hear that a lot of the "kill" shelters learned a lesson! I pray that they will re-think what they are doing, and change over to no-kill. What a wonderful thing that would be to have it nation wide! Every animal deserves a FAIR CHANCE at a happy, forever home :)

7:52PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Sometime in the last year or so, Oprah reported a large shelter that changed from spending its money on killing to spending it on spaying and neutering, and stopped its killing completely.

5:33AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

great news :) thanks for sharing :)

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