June 12, 2012

One By One

Just One Day was celebrated nationwide as a day 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 were asked to put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they were asked to photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter.

On June 11, 2012, they were asked to market their animals to the public, reach out to rescue groups, host adoption events with discounted rates, stay open for extended hours, and ask their communities to help them empty the shelter the good way.

The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection did just that, with the help of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. They stayed open late, offered adoption specials, and 16 animals went home, four from the Pound side of the building. Staff and volunteers had a great time, and we can't wait until next year!

Angels of Assisi also offered special adoption fees and stayed open late, with a guarantee to transfer a homeless RCACP pet for every Assisi pet adopted.... and we had five pets go home!

Meet the first transfer, Nell. She was literally dragged into RCACP by her former owner, who said she was not any good for field work. She is not the first dog he has surrendered in the drag them through the front door manner, but we hope she will be the last.

When we met Nell late last week, she was trembling in the back of her cage. Volunteers report she perked up some after leaving the building on her way to Angels of Assisi this afternoon, and we are ready for her to get some TLC and a new home!

Thank you to RCACP, RVSPCA, and Angels of Assisi staff and volunteers for making Just One Day happen here in the Star City. We are getting closer to our goal of a No Kill Community everyday.

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