The No Kill Advocacy Center and Animal Ark are trying to create the safest day for animals in U.S. shelters ever on June 11, 2012 by declaring a national day of No Kill. Roughly 500 shelters and rescue groups have pledged so far, including animal control facilities in Sacramento, CA, Houston, TX, Manatee County, FL, Independence, MO, and elsewhere. Shelters normally closed on Monday, like the shelter in Houston, are going to stay open to adopt animals. Others are bringing rescuers in to teach them how to take good pet photos for adoption. Still others are hosting a pet parade to highlight available animals. All will focus heavily on adoptions. We have the power to end the killing, and it can start with Just One Day. And if they can do it then, they can also do it on June 12 for Just Another Day. . .

We need your help:

  1. If you are a rescue group, even if you are already No Kill, take the pledge at www.justoneday.ws and do an event or adoption campaign on that day to increase the number of adoptions you normally do and pull those extra animals from the pound;
  2. If you are a shelter, take the pledge as well. To help you succeed, we’ll provide you a model press release and promotion plan, a guide to adopt your way out of killing, adoption promotion posters, and more.
  3. Everyone, please contact at least one rescue group and one shelter in your community and ask them to take the pledge;
  4. Ask your city council/county commission to pass a resolution naming June 11 a day of No Kill in your community.

More info, including a list of participating groups, at www.justoneday.ws

Why June 11: http://bit.ly/kinJqY

A map of participating shelters: http://on.fb.me/KMBVrB

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Here’s the email to send to the local shelter/rescue:

Dear Director,

Animal shelters and rescue groups across the USA have taken a pledge not to kill any savable animals on June 11, 2012. For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter. On June 11, 2012, they will market their animals to the public, they will reach out to rescue groups, they will host adoption events with discounted rates, they will stay open for extended hours, and they will ask their communities to help. At the end of the day, the shelters will be emptier than when the day started. And, no one will have had to die in order to make that happen.

To help them succeed, the “Just One Day” campaign is offering shelters that take the pledge the tools they need to be successful: a model press release and promotion plan, a guide to adopt your way out of killing, adoption promotion posters, and more—all sent free of charge to those organizations that take the pledge.

On June 11, the USA can become a No Kill nation, even if it is for Just One Day. And if we can do it then, we can also do it on June 12 for Just Another Day…

Will you please take the pledge on www.justoneday.ws?

Thank you.

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Here’s the email to send to your local city council/county commission (with a sample resolution):

Dear Council Member (Commissioner, Supervisor, etc.),

Animal shelters and rescue groups across the USA have taken a pledge not to kill any savable animals on June 11, 2012. For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter. On June 11, 2012, they will market their animals to the public, they will reach out to rescue groups, they will host adoption events with discounted rates, they will stay open for extended hours, and they will ask their communities to help. At the end of the day, the shelters will be emptier than when the day started. And, no one will have had to die in order to make that happen. On June 11, the USA can become a No Kill nation, even if it is for Just One Day. And if we can do it then, we can also do it on June 12 for Just Another Day…

Will you please join your colleagues across the country by introducing a resolution in Council officially declaration June 11 a day of No Kill in our community? A sample proclamation is available at http://bit.ly/Jihmh3.

To learn more about the Just One Day campaign, visit www.justoneday.ws.

Thank you.