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Gazette Premium Content Tuesday is a day to save animals, focus on pet adoption

By Sherri Albertson Special to The Gazette - Updated: June 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Greeting Ms. Kitty readers!

I wanted to take this opportunity to make sure that you are aware of an important event taking place Tuesday throughout Colorado.

It's called "Just One Day." More than 60 animal shelters and rescues in the state have pledged not to euthanize animals in their care!

"Just One Day" celebrates shelters and rescues nationally that have taken the pledge to not euthanize and instead focus on increasing adoptions, recruiting foster families and strengthening awareness within the community for animal guardians to spay/neuter their pets.

According to No Kill Colorado, the average U.S. cost to euthanize a shelter animal is $104, so the founding idea for the project was to use those resources differently for one day and in turn show how to reform the shelter system to adopt more animals and reduce the killing in the nation's shelters. Plus, the end goal is to use this day to bring to light the more than 10,000 companion animals nationwide that can be saved during just one day.

More than 70 percent of cats who enter our nation's animal shelters are euthanized and the percentage of dogs who are euthanized is only slightly lower. The purpose of No Kill Colorado is to facilitate a state where every shelter is open admission and saves more than 90 percent of the animals in its care.

No Kill Colorado's intent is to create, provide and share the necessary resources, education and options to stop the euthanasia of homeless pets in Colorado shelters.

And the good news is that reaching the goal is possible as several large animal shelters have been able to make the transition to being "no kill." The Best Friends Animal Society is part of a collaborative effort to make Los Angeles a "no kill" city and it's made huge strides in its first year with several months of higher adoption rates and lower kill rates of healthy/treatable adoptable animals.

Austin, Texas, is doing the same, as well as 10 communities in Utah, the city of Jacksonville, Fla., and others.

Drive to Denver on Tuesday and join in the "Just One Day" celebration at City Park from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Albertson co-manages Happy Cats Haven, a rescue and adoption center at 1412 S. 21st St. Call 635-5000

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