“Millions of beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2018,” states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center and creator of Remember Me Thursday® event, which is getting ready for its sixth year. “We all come 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.”
According to 2013 figures from the Humane Society of the United States, “Only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities.”
And, a much sadder statistic is, “Of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year, approximately 2.4 million (80%)
are healthy and treatable and could have been adopted into new homes.”
The numbers of homeless pets is staggering
. According to a statement by the Humane Society of the United States, the number of dogs and cats entering shelters each year is between 6 and 8 million! In the Siberian Husky breed alone, abandonment is at epidemic levels as rescues work tirelessly against the current to save these beautiful dogs
that people fall in love with because maybe they saw one on a TV show or featured in a movie, or maybe the met one at a dog park, or saw one in a magazine ad, but if they do not do their homework and educate themselves on the specific traits of the breed
, they find out soon enough that the beautiful dog who caught their attention is not right for them and their family
Then what happens?
The dog is dropped off at the nearest shelter.
Education is key when looking at any breed or mix to have an understanding of the needs and traits of that particular dog so the family can be ready, willing, and able to give it a forever home.
“We can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day.” ~ Mike Arms, creator of Remember Me Thursday®
Ways to Participate on Remember Me Thursday:
On September 27, hit up your social media pages and promote pet adoption! Have a favorite rescue? Share their website or Facebook links. Ask if you can take photos of some of the adoptable dogs or cats to share on social media, along with the shelter or rescue’s contact information.
Whether you go solo or organize a group, light a candle and/or hold up a sign to “shine a light” on all the homeless animals who are waiting in shelters and rescues, as well as paying tribute to those pets who never got the chance to be adopted. Take photos and share them with a message about adopting shelter pets on all of your social media pages with the hashtag #RememberMeThursday.
Participate in the #RememberMeThursday Challenge by sharing your rescue pet’s photo and story (don’t forget the hashtag) and you could win (for your favorite shelter or rescue) some much-needed bucks (up to $5,000) and pet food! For details, visit: https://remembermethursday.org/about/
Enter the #RememberMeThursday Social Media Contest by sharing photos of your adopted pets on Twitter! Be sure to nominate your favorite animal shelter, rescue, or adoption agency so they can win prizes! Contest dates are August 30-September 28! Visit their website at https://remembermethursday.org/contest/ for full details.
Are you a member of an organization that would like to participate? Check out the 2018 event planning guide and register your organization today by visiting their website.
Be sure to visit the Virtual Candle Gallery on the Remember Me Thursday website and peruse the many special memories and messages.
If you do not have a rescue or shelter near your hometown, you can check out the national and international listings over at RescueMe.org (http://animal.rescueshelter.com/). If you are looking for information on Lost and Found Pet resources, or Siberian Husky rescues, check out my listings on FiveSibes.
Let’s all join together on September 27th and help spread the message about pet adoption.