Thursday, September 25, 2014

#LIGHTFORPETS Remember Me Thursday & Less-Adoptable Pet Week

Hey everybody, Truffles at the keyboard. I realize everyday what a lucky little girl I am. I was rescued from the streets and brought to the shelter last July and I found my forever home in August. I have yummy food and treats, warm beds and 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:

Each year in the United States 3.4 million orphan pets lose their lives without finding a home.

Yet only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities.

That's why animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite today, Thursday, September 25, 2014 (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.

Did you also know that Petfinder has designated Sept. 21-27, 2014 as Adopt A Less-Adoptable Pet Week? "Less-adoptable” pets (such as pit bulls, black cats and dogs, seniors, special needs animals) wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does … sometimes more than two years!

The two lady cats that came before me, Sashi and Tara, were both less-adoptable because they were mature ladies of over 8 years old. I was only in the shelter for a month but may have been considered less-adoptable because even though I'm a tortie, I'm primarily black!

Every animal out there deserves a safe, loving home, so please encourage anyone you know who is thinking about adopting a new family member to take a second look at the animals who might be having a harder time finding their forever home.


  1. Dat be so sad 'bout da nummews. Weez not know why so many peeps insist on buyin' pure breds dat half da time end up in shelters themselves. Weez wish all da animals had pawsum homes like weez got

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  2. Great post. We are blogging about this too today.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  3. Impawtant fact to keep in mind every day ! We lit a candle. Purrs

  4. well said... we posted and lit our candle! we will be putting rescue pictures on our facebook page all day today too

  5. Every animal deserves a safe, loving home...not IRRESPONSIBLE owners. I have taken in so many, due to the irresponsible actions of others who never should have gotten an animal, in the first place. Also, SPAY/NEUTER.

  6. Thank you for sharing this. It is so important to remember those who are still waiting for their forever homes.

  7. We love your story Truffles. It's great to be a shelter cat who has a success story. So many don't have the forever loving homes like we have. M wishes she could bring all of them here, but obviously our house isn't big enough nor does she have enough money to buy all the kibble!

  8. Thank you for sharing. We are lighting candles...

    Noodle and crew

  9. I’m kinda ticked at myself cos I only found out about Remember Me Thursday yesterday. Last year, I was all over it. My candle has been lit. I also didn’t know about the Less Adoptable Pet week. Again last year I was all over it. Thanks for posting.

  10. A wonderful way to remember the furries who are less fortunate than us. We didn't know about today until, well, today. Otherwise we would have posted about it. We will be posting about Less Adoptable Pet Week on Saturday though! Lighting our candle!

  11. we lit our candle!!! Such an important post! xoxo