The 1st Annual Remember Me Thursday Candle-Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for a week from now, Thursday, September 26th and will take place on the first day of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s International Animal Welfare Conference at the Hyatt La Jolla, on the west coast beginning at 9:00 a.m. Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), led by their President, Mike Arms, is championing this world-class event. They are asking animal organizations (rescues as well as shelters) and individuals across the world to dedicate the fourth Thursday of September, annually, to remembering the millions of healthy homeless pets who have lost their lives over the past year. (The Humane Society of the U.S. has approximated the number to be about 3.4 million pets are euthanized annually in the United States alone!)
Some exclusive pet organizations have already stepped up to the plate as was announced last week. By uniting animal organizations in this simple fashion, the worldwide awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on the millions of orphaned pets that are still seeking their forever, loving homes.
Although HWAC initially contacted animal organizations, they are asking for pet-loving individuals to get involved, too. You can either attend a candle-lighting ceremony at your local shelter, or by assisting with organizing a candle-lighting ceremony, lighting a virtual candle on-line at www.remembermethursday.org, by changing your Facebook profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day on September 26th, by spreading the word of this event on Facebook, Twitter and all of your other social media sites using #LIGHTFORPETS, by lighting your own candle at home and getting your neighborhood involved, and most importantly, by always adopting and encouraging friends and family to do the same.
“Only 30% of pets in US homes come from rescue facilities,” said PR Manager Jessica Gercke. “Millions of beautiful, healthy orphan pets die every year without the benefit of a loving home. These pets can be purebred, well-behaved, loving animals but they don’t get a second chance because there is so little awareness of the types of animals available at local rescue facilities.”
Mike Arms is a magnanimous man that began his life caring for animals and has continued that loving nature ever since. Please help this champion for animals to get the word out, get participants all over the world involved and, together, let’s remember the unfortunate animals that have been abandoned, left as strays for have been abused to the point that they have ended up in shelters or rescues. These animals are good and kind and loving and are only asking the same.
Lets’ all Remember Me Thursday!