To most people, June 11 is Just One Day, but this year, June 11 is also a day that could change everything for more than 10,000 companion animals, and a day that can change the world.
On June 11, 2012, hundreds of shelters across the country will be doing even more by marketing their animals to the public, reaching out to rescue groups, hosting adoption events with discounted rates, and staying open for extended hours.
On average, if each animal shelter in the USA adopts out or transferres to rescue groups an extra three animals on June 11, it will have significant implications, saving as many as 10,000 lives.
In support of this effort, Humane Society of Walden, which is normally closed on Mondays, was open June 11 from 1-4pm for adoptions of our cats and dogs. As an incentive for people to come in, we made 8 dogs and more than 30 cats available to be adopted with their fees waived
Our Petsmart Cat Adoption center (in Middletown) was also open extra hours (from 3-9 pm) and all adult cats there (excepts kittens) were available for adoption at a reduced fee of just $50.
We adopted out 4 dogs that day, only 1 on our "fee waived" list but across the country the numbers were much higher. It is estimated by the promoters of Just One Day that between 7,000 and 9,000 lives were saved on June 11.
766 animal welfare organizations in total took the Just One Day pledge. The final estimate is based on the actual data from approximately 100 of the pledging organizations who reported their adoption/transfer numbers, totaling 2,043 animals, as a result of their Just One Day events.
The impact of Just One Day reaches far beyond the "numbers" though. It has inspired hundreds of animal welfare organizations to continue hosting special adoption events and to discover and actually pursue various ways of reaching out to and engaging communities.
Please spay and neuter your pets, encourage your friends and family to do so, and make adoption your first option when you are looking to bring a cat or dog into your home!
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