Let’s Talk About Pet Adoption
Did you know only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities. My daughter has a cat that was going to go to the shelter and I am so glad she took it. A lot of my family go to the shelters to find their pets. They are all lovable and they make for sure they are ok to be in your home, not aggressive etc. You have a choice of a huge variety, the cost is minimal, and they are possible already housebroken. Pet adoption can give you a new family member you and your family will adore.
Each year, over 3.4 million orphan shelter pets lose their lives without ﬁnding their forever home. This is huge and should not be happening. With the recent hurricanes there are so many people having a hard time taking care of humans that their pets must be given up. These pets will need homes more now than possible ever.
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, September 28, 2017, so the world can shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues right now. 164 countries participated in this event last year, so let’s show our support!
Now going into its fifth year, Remember Me Thursday® aims 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 beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2017,” states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “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.”
In the previous four years of the campaign, 164 countries supported the movement with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 500 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.
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.
Grassroots programs and events sprung up around the world, in countries like: 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, while 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.
Share the beauty of pet adoption with the world! Upload a photo of your awesome rescue pet to shine a light on adoptable pets everywhere. Plus, your entry could win your favorite pet rescue organization life-saving funds and food. How are you remembering orphan pets today?
The contest runs September 1 through September 30, 2017.