Thursday, September 28, 2017

Be a Voice for the Voiceless #RememberMeThursday

Meows from Mudpie!

I was once a shelter cat. Through circumstances we'll never know I ended up at a rescue in western New York, and when I didn't get adopted there I was transferred to Vermont where I found my forever home.

I was one of the lucky ones, but 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.

It's hard to believe, but...

Each year in the United States over 2.7 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 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 hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption.

CONTEST: This year, you can win life-saving funds or food for a rescue or shelter of your choice! Take a photo of your rescue pet and tag the picture with #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday on Twitter and Instagram to be entered into the challenge!

Photo Credit: Anjellicle Cats Rescue

Today we're shining a light on 3 cats rescued by our dear friends at Anjellicle Cats Rescue in NYC with the hopes of helping them find their forever homes.

First up are Ginger & Jacob, a bonded pair of senior kitties.

The stress of being at the shelter sent Jacob's body into shock, resulting in severe medical issues from high blood sugar to seizures. After an extended stay at the vet and his foster mom's loving care, he is now completely healthy and ready for adoption with Ginger!

His foster mom says: "He has gone from being literally on death's door to a 12lb CAT. The whole time he was loving and just wanted to be petted or held. He is a mush. Ginger & Jacob truly love each other and really deserve a home where they can just be loved and retire."

Learn more:

Laurel lost his home at the age of 14 when his owner had a heart attack and could no longer care for her 5 cats. Laurel is now 17 and has been in a foster home for the last 3 years. He is now in a new foster home and would love a permanent home to live out his days. He is sweet and loves nothing more than cuddling in your lap.

Learn more about Laurel:

Earlier in the week we shared this adorable post on our Facebook page. As a former shelter cat I know the words are true. My greatest wish is for that precious little guy, and every other homeless kitty to find a loving home just like mine. 

Please remember: Animal shelters are full of kitties who are in need of a second chance. They are homeless due to no fault of their own. If you have room in your heart and your home for a new best friend, one is as close as your nearest shelter. If you're not in a position to adopt right now, share these precious babies' stories. They are counting on us...let's not let them down.


  1. I purr all the time for shelter cats to find homes. <3

  2. What a beautiful and thoughtful post for all of the furbabies awaiting their forever homes. We purr and pray for these sweeties every day. And today we are spreading the word for #RememberMeThursday.

  3. Great post! It's heartbreaking how many healthy, adoptable animals never find homes. I pray that we can all make a difference today for pets like Jacob, Ginger, and Laurel.

  4. Spay and Neuter!
    Adopt, Don't Shop!
    Remember the shelter animals!

  5. Great post Mudpie (and Melissa)! My Hope came from a kill shelter. It's heartbreaking to think how many never make it out.

  6. well said....thank you for being an advocate

  7. Very nice post Mudpie! So nice of you to think of other kitties not as lucky as yoU!

  8. The worst part is that when shelters gain monopoly status in cities like Washington, many of these "homeless pets" are actually being stolen from loving homes in the country. People will pay a shelter the same price they pay a breeder for what appears to be a special breed, even without the pedigree. So in my part of the world, a close friend has lost a cat, mourned its death, then met it in a city where it had been "rescued" from a shelter (yes, it knew him and answered to its name); a family has had to pay to recover a dog literally snatched from a child's hands during a family crisis. That's why I have deeply mixed feelings about shelters.

    Animals do lose their homes. This summer I'm proud to have helped a cat who lost her human negotiate for her family's right to stay on the same block and be fed by familiar neighbors. Sometimes that's not possible. Sometimes shelters meet a legitimate need and deserve support.

    But shelters must never, ever, be allowed to monopolize what will always be to some extent the business of reselling animals.

    1. Bloody hell this sounds utterly terrifying!

  9. On man I will take every senior, everywhere given half a chance. Bless Laurel and I hope that kitty finds a home. There is no greater honour than giving a home to a tired little cat who has struggled to be hopeful for so very long.

  10. VIP—very important post. I pray that every cat will someday have a home.

  11. mudpie; we R all rezcuze N we hope a bazillion petz findz ther foreverz home be coz oh thiz day !!!! ☺☺♥♥

  12. I love the personal touch you added about current kitties in need of a forever home. It devastates me to consider so many forgotten lives – so many kitties and doggies who never know love. Humanity fails these beautiful souls time and time again. It makes me angry ... then sad ... then angry ... grrr. LIVES AREN'T DISPOSABLE!!!
    ps - I'm squealing Miss Mudpie ... those pink and black paw pads!!! Kitty was part tortie and I miss seeing them :)

  13. Mudpie we hope all animals are as lucky as you are! catchatwithcarenandcody

  14. Awesome post and the message. It looks like the events was a big success this year judging for the most viewed posts of the hashtags on Instagram.

  15. We were shocked to learn how few pets are adopted from shelters. We need to change that. That's why this day #RememberMeThursday, is so important.

  16. I love your post and am so glad that Mudpie found you. The numbers are truly heartbreaking. As a nation, we must do better.

  17. They are so cute, Mudpie, we wish all the kitties and other creatures in shelters, to find a furrever home soon. We are very lucky to have it all <3 Good Luck Pawkisses are on the way for them all <3 <3 <3