Reporter: David Tate
Roanoke, VA - Animal shelters across the country have pledged to go "no kill" on June 11 as a way to educate you on the overwhelming problem of homeless pets.
While the day dubbed "Just One Day" may be more symbolic than anything, it does highlight a huge problem: The Humane Society estimates that somewhere between 3 and 4 million domesticated pets are put down in this country.
The Humane Society can't come up with exact numbers, but they say every year in the US, up to 8 million dogs and cats are housed in shelters across the country with as many as half of them euthanized due to overcrowding.
"That's the very end of the process. The very beginning of the process has got to be spay and neutering. We have got to start preventing the creation of unwanted litters of kittens and puppies," said Kathy Perdue with the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
Perdue says the problem isn't the animals but their former owners who don't understand or care to understand, what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.
"The owners have no desire to spay or neuter the adults that are creating these litters. It shouldn't be that easy to drop off litters of puppies and kittens," said Perdue.
The SPCA is looking for people like Carleen Cecil, who was at the shelter picking up Casper. That adoption opens up one more space for the staff to save one more pet from the pound.
"It was a logical place to come definitely. I knew that they had a bunch of animals over here, but I wanted to give him a good home," said Cecil.
But it isn't that easy all the time. In fact, the regional pound in Roanoke has averaged just over a 60% kill rate over the past four years, which is why taking time to think for "Just One Day" is all these guys are hoping for.
"It's not fair that these animals are simply born to be unwanted," said Perdue.
If you've been thinking about adopting a pet, now is the time to do it and help make a statement to those folks who work to save these animals.
To facilitate that, the Roanoke Valley SPCA will be open on its normal off day this coming Monday and will be open until 8 p.m.