Bringing Awareness to Shelter Pets Across the Globe On Remember Me Thursday®
On September 27th, we can join together to be the voice for the voiceless—shelter pets—by joining in the Remember Me Thursday® movement and simply lighting a candle. One person—one candle—one message, multiplied across the world can make such a difference in bringing awareness to the plight of homeless animals just waiting in shelters for a loving forever home.
“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.
Dorothy Wills-Raftery is an award-winning photojournalist and author of EPIC Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books: What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle books (ArcticHouse Publishing), as well as the FiveSibes.com, an online encyclopedia for the Siberian Husky breed and Canine Epilepsy information, as well as her international award-winning FiveSibes blog, based on the lives of her five Siberian Huskies. Her work has also appeared in American Pet Magazine, Ruff Drafts, The Sled Dogger, and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy is the writer and host of "The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show.
Dorothy is a 9-time Dog Writers of America Association “Excellence” nominee, winning the prestigious Maxwell Medallion in 2017 and 2016 for her writing, photography, and design. Her book EPIC Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy received the 2018 Independent Press Award for “Excellence” in the Reference Book category and 2017 NYC Big Book Award for “Excellence” in the Animal/Pet book category. Dorothy was also named “Best Author” in 2015 & 2016 by Hudson Valley Magazine and all four books named “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine, An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012 and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy is the creator of the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign and partnered with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation for #Paws4Purple Project, both inspired by her own epileptic Husky, Gibson. In addition to her Siberian Huskies, Dorothy shares her home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, on Google + , Twitter, and Instagram(@FiveSibesMom).