Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Remember Me Thursday


Hey everybody, Truffles here. I've been thinking about what a lucky little girl I am. I was rescued from the streets and brought to the shelter in July and I found my forever home in August. I have yummy food and treats, warm blankies, and a Mommy who loves me to pieces. I know that millions of kitties just like me aren't so lucky; they live without food, warmth, and love, and then either die on the streets or in a shelter because no one ever shows up to adopt them.

Did you know:
Only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities.
(Source: The Humane Society of the United States 2013)

Each year, over 3.4 million orphan shelter pets lose their lives without finding their forever home.
(Source: The Humane Society of the United States 2013)



That's why animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite on Thursday, September 26, 2013 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Orphaned pets can't speak for themselves. We are their only voice. Spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Don’t forget to use #LIGHTFORPETS to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption.


21 comments:

Sassmuffins said...

Those are sad statistics. Pet adoption is SOOO important. Although my dog did not come from a shelter, all four of my kitties either were adopted from my local vet's office, or were taken in off the streets. Ditto for my daughter's three cats. And they are all so wonderful.

Snowy Day said...

Truffles, you deserve your forever home! This is definitely a cause that Life of Drool will be supporting.

FidoseofReality said...

Breaks my heart in a million pieces... they all deserve a forever home.

Carma Poodale Allen said...

I will be joining you in the #lightforpets candlelight service.

Piranha Banana said...

Each animal deserves a home - and still, there is not enough out there telling people the benefits of having a pet. I think they should take time to make commercials noting how theraupeutic animals are for people, when they are asking for donations to help shelters. This would encourage people to adopt and for those on the fence, push towards that goal.

Nicola Carpenter said...

What a wonderful thing to do.

The Paw Relations

Maggie Cooper said...

What a great global awareness! All of our kitties came from shelters and they have all been the very best cats!

Caren Gittleman said...

we will be pawticipating to help spread this impawtant message for sure!

Nerissa said...

EVERY cat and dog deserves his or her own forever home. Every single one.

Purrs,
Nissy

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

That's a pawsome initiative I think!
Purrs

Michelle Liew said...

A great initiative, and to all the pets in the world which have lost their lives this way, we honor you.

Anonymous said...

All my cats and dogs that I've ever had as an adult came from shelters, some from kill shelters. While some dogs don't make it out alive from shelters, or develop health/mental issues after extremely long periods of being caged up in a shelter, cats have it even worse. So many are killed each year, and homeless cats on the street only live an average of 2.5- 3 years, if I remember correctly. I am so happy hearing about this campaign, and thank you for sharing it with us-- it's so important to educate folks!

ANGEL ABBY said...

Each one of our cats has been a rescue and every cat that will come (one day) will also be rescued.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Truffles, I'm so glad you found a forever home. I'm sure Melissa is very good to you! We adopted both our cats as kittens from a local woman who rescues cats and keeps them until they can be adopted. They have been dear companions for 10 or 11 years.

The Florida Furkids said...

We'll be remembering. Too many furkids need forever homes.

The Florida Furkids

Cathy Keisha said...

Thanks for getting the message out. I've ben tweeting those sad stats for a week now. Hope the day is a big success.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

We blogged about the campaign on Monday and we will be spreading the word. Let's do it!!!

katsrus said...

So sad. I wish for all these animals to get forever homes.
Sue B

meowmeowmans said...

Such an important initiative. So many anipals need forever homes.

Dash Kitten said...

Only 30% come from rescues? That is not nearly enough it it!!

Miranda

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