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Dear Pet Lovers,

We are a non-profit organization that recently launched a campaign to bring more awareness for shelter animals and the homeless animal tragedy in this country. We'd love to have you join us by "adopting" a shelter at our website:

There is no cost to participate! Please join us!

Following is part of the press release for the campaign:

Former Animal Shelter Workers Launch National Campaign to Reduce the Euthanasia of Animals “Every Nine Secondsâ€

Elected Officials and Everyday Americans Already “Adopting†Shelters Across the Country

(Santa Cruz, CA) – Over the course of 2004, an estimated 3-4 million dogs and cats were killed in American animal shelters, a rate of one death every nine seconds. On Sunday, January 16, in an effort to save lives and reduce that number in 2005, two former shelter workers will announce the “Every Nine Seconds†campaign. Through their volunteer-run nonprofit, No Voice Unheard, Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer aim to provide free copies of their award-winning book, "One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter", to 1,000 American shelters. Leigh and Geyer are asking everyday Americans to help them achieve this goal by “adopting†a shelter in their community.

“Shelters everywhere are dealing with overwhelming numbers of homeless animals, and they need the help of their communities,†said Geyer. “Citizens play a critical role in their animal shelter populations, and we hope Every Nine Seconds helps all shelters educate the public on responsible animal care and help promote shelter adoptions.â€

The campaign calls for people to write in (online or off) about an animal who has influenced their lives. No Voice Unheard will then donate a copy of the book to a shelter in honor of that animal. Elected officials such as Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), “Bloom County†cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, and several other everyday Americans from California to Missouri and Kentucky have already signed on to “adopt†shelters in their area.

Each year, approximately 6-8 million dogs and cats end up in shelters throughout the US. About half of those (3-4 million, one every nine seconds) are euthanized—the leading cause of death for healthy animals.

Leigh and Geyer provide numerous tips on their Web site ( about how to reduce shelter populations, but the campaign’s centerpiece is the distribution of a book that has already had a major impact on readers. "One at a Time" looks at what happens to 75 animals in one American shelter over the course of a week.

“This book is a powerful and moving way to get people talking about animals and the role that animal shelters play in their communities,†said Congressman Lantos. “I am thrilled to be a part of this grassroots effort to engage our communities in this very important cause.†Congressman Lantos and his wife are “adopting†the Pets in Need shelter in Redwood City in memory of their beloved dog Gigi, a poodle mix adopted from a shelter.

The book has won the “2004 ASPCA Humane Issues Award,†the “2004 Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Award,†and a “2004 Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion Award.†It is also a nominee for a Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award.

About No Voice Unheard
No Voice Unheard is a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded by the authors of One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter. The group has no paid staff, carrying out its work with a small group of dedicated volunteers who have come together out of a deep love of and respect for animals, and who believe in the potential of One at a Time to help bring about a better world for animals.

No Voice Unheard
P. O. Box 4171
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
Ph: 831-440-9574 Fax: 831-479-3225