Last year Last year in Utah 28,000 homeless dogs and cats were "put to sleep." Even one such death is too many, says the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which has launched a "2001, No More Homeless Pets" campaign.

Best Friends, headquartered in Kanab, wants to stop the killing of unwanted, adoptable animals in pounds and animal shelters. The sanctuary claims to be the nation's largest no-kill refuge for domestic animals.

The campaign will begin Saturday, May 10, with a press conference and Pet Adoption Fair at 10 a.m. at Fashion Place Mall.

On Saturday, May 17, there will be a Strut Your Mutt fun run for dog owners and their pets, from Trolley Square to Liberty Park and back. Proceeds from the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will go toward the 2001 No More Homeless Pets campaign.

The campaign is being co-sponsored by the Humane Society of Utah, Wasatch Humane and Salt Lake County Animal Services.