More than 70 local animal shelters and rescues are expected to take part in Just One Day, an event sponsored by No Kill Colorado, a non-profit group that focuses on finding alternatives to euthanizing healthy, homeless animals in shelters.
The event takes place Tuesday, June 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. in Denver’s City Park. Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a proclamation noting June 11 as Just One Day Colorado, part of a national observance.
The 70-plus participating groups have pledged to kill no animals for “just one day” and/or forever, and instead focus efforts and resources on increasing adoptions, foster families and awareness within the community. A list of participating shelters is available at www.nokilldenver.org.
Residents are invited to bring family, friends and pets to enjoy the Just One Day adopt-a-thon and community event. Festivities include live music, yard games, food trucks, animals available for adoption, pet vendors, celebrity appearances, a dog show for rescued and adoptable animals hosted by a local grade-school student, and giveaways.
During the day, partnering restaurants will also give 20 percent back to local shelters and No Kill Colorado.
The no-kill group, which reflects the principles of national movement started by lawyer, author and one-time shelter manager Nathan Winograd, is pushing Colorado shelters to save at leasr 90 out of every 100 shelter animals.
Its members say the average cost to euthanize a shelter animal is $104, so the founding idea of Just One Day was to use those resources differently for one day, and in turn show how to reform the shelter system to adopt more animals.
“Shelters do kill,” said No Kill Colorado spokesman Davyd Smith. “Lots of people don’t understand shelters. People expect them to be a safe place for animals. We have a moral obligation to save animals.”
The Metro Denver Shelter Alliance, a coalition of 25 animal organizations, responds that its member shelters have dramatically increased their live release rate in the 13 years since the alliance was formed.
No Kill Colorado promotes what it calls the No Kill Equation, which includes:
1. Feral cat TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program
2. High-volume, low-cost spay/neuter
3. Rescue groups
4. Foster care
5. Comprehensive adoption programs
6. Pet retention
7. Medical and behavior rehabilitation
8. Public relations/community involvement
10. A compassionate director
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