Just One Day is a campaign that asks shelters across the county to stop killing on June 11 of every year. Thousands of groups, including some of the largest shelters in the nation, take part. And the results have been dramatic. One shelter with high rates of killing stayed open for 11 hours. Roughly 100 animals found homes, one every seven minutes the shelter was open, its most successful adoption day ever


Just One Day is a campaign that asks shelters across the county to stop killing on June 11 of every year. Thousands of groups, including some of the largest shelters in the nation, take part. And the results have been dramatic. One shelter with high rates of killing stayed open for 11 hours. Roughly 100 animals found homes, one every seven minutes the shelter was open, its most successful adoption day ever.

Another shelter opened on a day it was normally closed and placed 231 animals as a result. In still another, the director of animal control who once said that he would not hesitate to kill every community cat in the world, reported that, “The parking lot has been full since 10:00 this morning, it continues to be full. I’ve never seen so many people come out here all at one time, in one day.”

In an Arizona animal control shelter, 88 out of 100 dogs and 28 out of 30 cats were adopted by 11 am. In another community, they ran out of animals.

Yet another reported staff crying: they had never seen so many animals going out the front door in the loving arms of families.

For many of these shelters, it was a watershed moment. Not just because animals who would have normally been killed were saved, but because of the valuable lessons hundreds of traditional shelters across the country learned. Indeed, one of the primary goals of the Just One Day campaign is to not only save animals through adoption on June 11, it is to get shelters resistant to the principles of the No Kill philosophy—of marketing animals, of asking the public for help, of being open for adoptions at times that are more convenient for the working public and families, of using the media to save lives and of partnering with rescue groups—to commit to trying these ways of operating.

Learn more and take the pledge: www.justoneday.ws

Photo: Just One Day is a celebration of life for animals like this little dog, adopted on June 11, who danced his way into a loving, new home.

P.S. Although the No Kill Advocacy Center and I helped launch the annual event for its first few years, we are no longer affiliated with it. If you have any questions about signing up your shelter or rescue group, please contact them directly.

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