BURLINGTON, Ky. - Animal shelters around the United States euthanize about 3 million dogs and cats every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States . But Tuesday was different.
On June 11, shelters across the U.S. took the "Just One Day" pledge to not euthanize any savable animals and instead focus on methods to send companion animals home with caring families. The Boone County Animal Shelter , located at 5643 Idlewild Road in Burlington, is just one of the thousands of shelters participating.
"This is a perfect opportunity to reach out and adopt an animal and support our shelter's commitment to saving more lives," Shelter Director Beckey Reiter said in a news release. "We are asking the community to help make the shelter a bit emptier at the end of the day on June 11 and give all of our community's homeless animals get a second chance at a loving home."
On Tuesday, the Boone County Animal Shelter waived adoption fees for spayed or neutered dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Adoption fees typically range from $90 to $120 at the shelter. All animals are either spayed or neutered, have had their rabies shot, have a microchip and are up-to-date on initial vaccinations.
The shelter called "Just One Day" a big success. They adopted out 50 of the 80 animals available.
The shelter was open until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
"Just One Day" is organized by No Kill Nation, a national advocacy organization dedicated to ending the killing of healthy and treatable animals in U.S. shelters.
For more information about "Just One Day," go to http://www.justoneday.ws/ .
To read more about shelters around the country and their standards for euthanizing animals, go to http://bit.ly/aeobvr .