It would be wonderful if all animal shelters were no-kill, but this concept has unfortunately not been implemented yet. Think of the lives that could be saved if shelters stopped euthanizing for just one day of the week. AnimalsVote.org has asked 2,500 shelters across the United States to stop the killing of dogs and cats for just one day of the week by joining their "No-Kill Mondays".
The program started on Monday, December 23rd and is ongoing for all Mondays throughout the year. I'm quite shocked at the number of shelters who declined joining this event. Out of 2,500 shelters who were invited to join the initiative, only 41 shelters agreed. 587 shelters said that they would not stop euthanizing pets one day of the week. The rest have not replied yet.
"Some progressive shelters in the US have taken a no-kill approach to managing pet overpopulation, many still see killing as a necessity, not an option,” explains Alex Aliksanyan, founder of AnimalsVote. “No-Kill Mondays is the first step to showing these shelters that there is another way - a peaceful way.”
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An estimated 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters each year. That comes down to about 11,000 pets euthanized each day. Research shows that an animal's chances of living increase each day they remain in a shelter. By stopping euthanasia for just one day, No-Kill Mondays could help save many lives.
If you are interested in seeing the list of shelters who have agreed to join No-Kill Mondays, click here to visit AnimalsVote.org. The list of shelters who said no are also on the list.
If you'd like to help convince your shelter to join this initiative, just find their name on the list (if they said no) and there is an option for you to send them a message and ask them to join No-Kill Mondays.