MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For one day only, June 11, Memphis Animal Services agreed not to euthanize any animals in its shelter.
It’s part of a national movement called “Just One Day.”
Memphis Animal Services was one of hundreds of shelters that participated.
It’s the third year in a row Memphis Animal Services participated in “Just One Day.”
“Coordinators are asking all the shelters across United States to put down their needle and pick up their cameras and to take photos of all the animals that are up for adoption,” said Jan Courtney with Save Our Shelter Memphis.
It comes just days after Memphis Mayor AC Wharton reversed a controversial ban at MAS.
The director banned animal advocates from taking pictures of animals in ‘healthy hold’ since the animals there weren’t technically available for adoption yet.
The mayor reversed that ban, hoping to give animals more of a chance of finding a home.
“We can go to the healthy hold. We can go to the adoptable area. We cannot go into the stray area. Those are hidden away from the public,” said Courtney.
Courtney says she wants to see even more access at MAS.
She says the more people can market the homeless animals, the more chance they can be linked up with an adopter.
As for MAS participating in a No Kill Day, Courtney doesn’t want to see animals killed there ever, “Let’s make it 365 days a year campaign at Memphis Animal Services.”
The director tells WREG that’s just not possible. The shelter takes in about 80 animals every day and not all of them, he says, are adoptable.
James Rogers says Wednesday, no animals will be killed, but Thursday, it will be back to business as usual.