One day. Twenty four hours. One thousand, four hundred, forty minutes. Eighty six thousand, four hundred seconds.
For some dogs one day will make the difference between living out their lives being loved and cherished or the end of their life, abandoned and alone in a shelter.
A dog but for the stroke of luck could have been our own sweet Delilah.
Thankfully American Lab Rescue pulled her from the High Kill Shelter she was at and put her in foster care until she could be transported to us. American Lab Rescue is one of only seven shelters/rescues in the state of Connecticut that have taken the Just One Day Pledge and vowed Now and Forever.
Just One Day takes place every year. They work year long spreading the message and asking shelters to take the one day pledge. They will assist shelters by providing model press releases, promotion plans, and a guide to help them adopt their way out of killing. All of these are provided free of charge to any organization that takes the pledge.
From their website, “To most people, June 11 is Just One Day. But, June 11 is a day that will change everything for about 10,000 companion animals, and a day that can change the world. On June 11, 2013, we can be a No Kill nation.”
10,000 animals!! Sounds good doesn’t it?
But they need our help. Just about every town in CT (169) have a dog pound or shelter, yet only seven have taken the pledge to be no kill. And of those seven, they are all, with the exception of one, rescues. No Humane Societies, no Shelters. I find that appalling. And I intend to change that for next year. I’m going to be recruiting my CT friends to assist me in getting the Just One Day challenge out to shelters in our state so more of them participate next year.
How many shelters in your state participate? Go to their website and see if your favorite shelter/rescue does, if you don’t see your favorite on the list, contact them, ask them to take the one day pledge.
Together we can make this a No Kill Nation, if only for one day.
Another way you can help shelter animals is to join the Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop and shine the light on a shelter animal, a dog like Duke here.
Poor Duke, he sat for hours at the truck stop where he was dumped waiting for his heartless human to return. Duke gets along with children, and dogs, walks well on leash, and he’s very attached to his foster mom’s elderly mother. You can read more about Duke on his Petfinder Page, he’s currently in foster care in New Fairfield, CT.
10,000 animals in one day seems like a big undertaking, but shelters were closing their doors last year because they had adopted out all their animals. Imagine, a shelter with no animals. Wouldn’t that be a great ‘problem’ to have?