Kittens and puppies and Guinea Pigs…oh my! On Saturday, June 8 - Just One Day - Chicago Party Animals will be the spot to be for an adoption event featuring cats and dogs of all ages and all kinds of other critters.
Chicago animal rescue organizations big and small will be joining forces for the Just One Day adoption event. It ties in with a national event slated for Tuesday, June 11 aimed at shining the light on the large number of animals needless killed at animal shelters and animal control facilities each day.
“Just One Day is a national initiative started by No Kill Advocacy Center. The goal is to have rescues, shelters, and animal controls all over the county pledge for just one day to stop the killing,” says Lauren Rizzo of St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines. “In the US, on an average day, 10,411 cats and dogs are euthanized for space reasons (not illness or injury). The goal of Just One day is to promote adoption over euthanasia.”
St. Sophia's has partnered with CARF (Critical Animal Relief Fund) to host the event with around a dozen groups already pledging to participate. Chicago’s largest no kill shelter – PAWS – and the oldest, largest, cageless no-kill cat shelter – Tree House Humane Society – are just two of the groups that are participating with the smaller rescues at the Just One Day event.
“Last year, we participated in the national event on a small scale,” adds Rizzo. “We were invited to take the pledge, and did so. We reduced our adoption fees for that day and had 10 adoptions. In the past year, many of the rescue organizations have really made strides working together to save animals from Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), and we've seen huge improvements.”
Timing of the national event, and local initiative, is critical. Currently, the kittens and puppies born in March and April are flooding animal control and the shelter system. And, CACC and suburban animal controls are filled to capacity with pets dumped because it’s moving season.
There also is a large number of kittens and friendly stray adult cats pulled in through Trap Neuter Return (TNR) efforts in Chicago, flooding local rescues. June is already National Adopt a Shelter Cat month in an effort to spotlight the need for cat adoption as well. Adoptions tend to go down in the summer with people vacationing during a time when animals most need rescue.
“If we can promote adoptions and send many companion animals into new loving homes, then we will be able to make space in our adoption programs,” adds Rizzo. “That will make it possible for us to transfer more cats and dogs and puppies and kittens into our rescue groups and out of Chicago Animal Control, and therefore reduce euthanasia.”
The doors are open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Chicago Party Animals at 1133 West Fulton Market. Some organizations will be doing on site adoptions and others will take applications or start the process (depending on their policy) The groups that have signed on to participate so far include:
CARF (Critical Animal Relief Fund) – Cats
CatNap from the Heart – Cats
Critter Corral – Guinea Pigs
Felines and Canines – Cats and Dogs
Hyde Park Cats – Cats
LuLu's Locker – Cats and Dogs
PAWS Chicago – Cats and Dogs
Purrs from the Heart – Cats and Dogs
St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines – Cats
Tree House Humane Society – Cats
All of these Chicago groups are No Kill every day of the year. Last year, over 800 no kill and open admission shelters (those that euthanize for space) participated. This year, over 1,100 groups have signed up so far and the goal is to have 1,500 groups on board to save 15,000 lives.
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