Memphis Animal Shelter takes part in 'no kill day'

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of animals will be allowed to live at the Memphis Animal Shelter as part of a national effort to save healthy and adoptable animals.

According to the Commercial Appeal, on Monday the Memphis Animal Shelter is taking part in a one-day, national no kill day.

The no kill day is organized by the No Kill Advocacy Center.

As many as 40 animals will not die in the facility Monday, and dozens more may be spared Tuesday.

The Memphis Animal Shelter has a 70 percent euthanasia rate.  Interim Director of Animal Services James Rogers said that is because each day, they take in nearly double the number of animals that are adopted out.

The national no kill day supports the idea of keeping healthy animals alive and it highlights the challenges the shelter is facing.

Rogers told the paper that he would love to turn the shelter into a no kill facility, but first, he said they have to educate the public about spaying and neutering, and abiding by the animal care laws and ordinances.

If you want to learn more about what the shelter is doing, they will discuss the business side of the operation at the next meeting of the shelter's advisory board.  That public meeting is Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Poplar.

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