Today was Just One Day.
I feel really bad that I haven’t posted about this event before now. When I first heard about it I thought what a great idea, liked it on facebook, shared it when I saw it pop up in my feed, but totally forgot to blog about it.
In retrospect I should have blogged about it sooner so YOU could have blogged, tweeted, and shared it yourselves. Ah the best laid plans.
If you haven’t heard about it, let me share their goal from their website, “We are asking animal shelters across the USA to take 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 them empty the shelter the good way.”
Their facebook page had a map of the United States with a color chart at the bottom. Each color represented a number of shelters and as shelters joined the cause, colors changed and the update would say, “California just turned pink.” It was exciting to see the amount of shelters participating in such a worthwhile cause. California was the winner with 41 to 50 shelters participating.
My facebook page kept getting updated with the exciting news like this, “More exciting news: Roanoke Valley SPCA in Virginia reports 33 adoptions on a day they are normally closed. They report adoptions at the municipal shelter, which is also normally closed. And they report a full parking lot. Way to go Roanoke!
Meanwhile, one shelter ran out of animals after their 186th adoption in Florida, another shelter was emptied in Tennessee, another in Arizona report lots and lots of empty cages as animals are being adopted in droves! “
When I took a look at the map I realized every single state had organizations that participated. Some of the shelters were reporting they don’t have hard numbers on how many animals have been adopted because their computer systems just couldn’t keep up, they won’t have hard figures until tomorrow.
I’m not sure when there will be a total number but I just can’t wait to hear about it.
Now doesn’t THAT warm the cockles of your heart?