Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness Movement

Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness Movement

Be a part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness MovemenRemember Me Thursday focuses on pet adoption, and at Paws that means cat adoption.

Orphan pets should live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. Get everyone you know on social media to talk about pet adoption on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, so the world can shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues right now.

Remember Me Thursday, Sept. 28. Adopt a shelter pet.

 

Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness Movement

Remember Me Thursday Sept. 28 – Adopt a shelter pet

Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness Movement

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 2.7 million orphan shelter pets lose their lives without finding their forever home. Source: Animal 24-7 published by Merritt Clifton

Paws for Reflection learned about Remember Me Thursday while attending the 2017 BlogPaws conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, earlier this year, and we definitely wanted to be sure to promote the cause

At Paws, we encourage you to join the Remember Me Thursday movement by participating in an event, or spreading the word on Social Media using the hashtag, #RememberTheRescue. In 2017, the date is Thursday, September 28, 2017.

What you can do?

If you have the proper space for an event at your shelter, it is ideal.  Having your event where you do your adoptions will familiarize the public and the media with your location.  If you do not have a facility, arrange to have an off-site event.  The Rescue Me Thursday website has a whole host of materials to download, letting you know how to successfully host an event.
If you can’t host an event, you certainly can join by promoting #RescueMeThursday on social media, and letting the world know about your rescue stories. All the cats at the Paws household came from rescue – either a shelter or being adopted before they were taken to a shelter.

Check out the Candle Burns Bright

 Check out the Remember Me Thursday, special song, The Candle Burns Bright by Stevie Woodward.

Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness Movement

The History

Now going into its fifth year, Remember Me Thursday’s goal is to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.

Millions of adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2017, according to Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center.

We may be from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, but together, we can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day.

At Paws, we learned that in the previous four years of the campaign, 180 countries supported the movement with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website, or lighting a virtual candle. Celebrities such as Diane Keaton, Carrie Ann Inaba, Katherine Heigl, Pauley Perrette and dozens more have used social media to share the “opt to adopt” message and save orphan pets. In 2016, social media pet stars such as Lil Bub, Cole & Marmalade, and Tuna Melts My Heart also joined the cause.

Spread Awareness, Win Life-Saving Food or Funds!

There’s a contest as well. In 2016, lucky pet-lovers entered to win life-saving food or funds for a non-profit of their choice just by adding their adopted pet’s photo to the #RememberTheRescue Photo Wall. Their photos and stories helped shine a light on orphan pets waiting for forever homes. You can enter your beloved rescue pet into 2017’s #RememberTheRescue Challenge! Share your love for your rescue pet and help adoptable pets right now.

Spread the word to adopt pets

Grassroots programs and events sprung up around the world, in Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many more. Thousands of candles have been lit at the Remember Me Thursday virtual candle gallery,and thousands more have been lit at ceremonies honoring orphan pets around the globe. If you are a pet adoption organization, or an animal rescue, and you would like to join Remember Me Thursday, you can register to become a partner organization here! Looking for ideas? Check out the ways other organizations participate here.

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BJ Bangs

BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.

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