INDIANAPOLIS - Thirty-nine animal shelters and rescue groups statewide are joining a national effort Tuesday to stop killing adoptable shelter animals for space and minor health issues.
Just One Day, a national initiative organized by the No Kill Advocacy Center, is partnering with 1,200 animal advocacy groups nationwide for the event, which encourages shelters not to kill any animals on that day.
Every day, about 10,000 animals lose their lives in U.S. shelters, according to the center.
Last year on Just One Day, about 9,000 animals were placed with families or rescue groups nationwide, including 83 adoptions in Indianapolis.
"The response to the campaign has been very positive. The number of shelters that have already taken the pledge is inspiring," said Nathan Winograd, of the No Kill Advocacy Center. "And if the shelters are emptier than when they started the day on June 11, then it should be easier to make June 12.”
Indianapolis Animal Care and Control has reduced adoption fees to $50, and people who adopt two cats will receive the second for $25.
Each adopter will also receive a $20 gift card to Pet Supplies Plus, other bonus pet gifts and an entry into a drawing for a $100 gift card.
Statistics obtained by the Call 6 Investigators show 15,614 animals came into the city shelter in 2012, with about 7,000 being euthanized.
Of the animals that were euthanized, 117 were considered healthy, while 4,214 were considered animals with manageable or injuries or illnesses that could be rehabilitated.
The Call 6 Investigators exposed the city’s animal overpopulation problem in 2011.
The numbers are improving. So far this year, the shelter has euthanized 2,122 animals. For the same time period in 2012, 2,399 were euthanized.
"Two-thousand is 2,000 too many,” said Warren Patitz of Move to Act, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about animal welfare. "It's still a number we need to address and improve. I'd like to see no animals brought to the shelter quite frankly, especially adoptable animals."
Patitz said people should not surrender their animals, thinking they will not be euthanized.
“Just One Day is not the time to surrender your animal to ACC, and quite frankly, we're asking people not to surrender their animals," Patitz said.
Here’s a list of Indiana rescue groups and shelters Patitz and Winograd said are participating in Just One Day:
1. Animal Rescue Fund
2. Beagle Buddies Rescue
3. Blackford County Animal Shelter
4. Bullie Nation Rescue
5. City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control
6. EARPS Exotic Animal Rescue
7. Franklin County Humane Society, Inc.
8. Frisky Felines Foundation
9. Hendricks County Animal Control Shelter
10. Hooves and Hounds
11. Humane Society for Boone County
12. Humane Society for Hamilton County
13. Humane Society of Sullivan County
14. Indianapolis Animal Care & Control
15. IndyCLAW Rescue
16. It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, Inc.
17. Jay County Humane Society
18. Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption
19. Miami County Animal Shelter
20. Muncie Animal Shelter
21. PC Pound Puppies
22. Posey County Pound Puppies
23. Rushville Animal Shelter
24. Southside Animal Shelter
25. Warrick Humane Society
26. Every Dog Counts
27. German Shepherd Rescue Indy
28. All About Dogs
30. Lucky Dog Retreat Recue
31. Rescue Farm
32. Mended Hearts Rescue
33. Love of Labs Indy
34. 2X2 Rescue
35. Indiana House Rabbit Society
36. Heart for Dog
37. Virginia Siamese Rescue
38. FACE Spay Neuter
For a list of animal groups participating nationwide: http://www.justoneday.ws/