Last year marked the initial onset of a beautiful tribute to homeless pets who lost their lives without finding their forever homes. Mike Arms, President of Helen Woodward Animal Center devised the campaign and for good reason. So many people thought the tribute was a wonderful idea and the word spread; going global with 139 countries participating.
This year the 2nd Annual Remember Me Thursday Candle-Lighting Campaign is scheduled for Thursday, September 25th. It is the hope of Mr. Arms and all of the other wonderful animal devotees at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) that you will join them and unite with other animal lovers and rescue facilities to light up the world for orphan pets!
In the wake of last year’s overwhelming global support, HWAC is partnering with Blue Buffalo and Embrace Pet Insurance in order to unite animal lovers and animal welfare organizations alike worldwide by inviting them to light online ‘candles’ on the same exact day globally to honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of finding a loving home. In addition, HWAC wants to invite everyone in the general public to take part – either by joining in on scheduled ceremonies right in your own communities or by going online on September 25th.
The first Remember Me Thursday took place on the fourth Thursday in September, 2013. Moved by the staggering statistics of homeless pets who lose their lives each year (The Humane Society of the United States approximates this number at 3.4 million annually in the U.S.), Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. As creator of both the International Pet Adopt-a-thon and the International Home-4-the-Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed 9.3 million pets in homes since 1999, Arms was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant showing that 139 countries united to support the movement, with over 100,000 individuals around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message through social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website or lighting a virtual candle. Celebrity support arrived in the form of impactful social media posts and re-tweets.
Grass roots programs and events sprung up around the world, in countries such as: Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many more. Nearly 5,000 candles were lit at the Remember Me Thursday virtual candle gallery, while thousands more were lit at ceremonies honoring orphan pets around the globe.
The Remember Me Thursday campaign is now in its second year and is only growing in support with multiple candle-lighting ceremonies and special events already being organized internationally. “Only 30% of pets in U.S. homes come from rescue facilities,” stated Arms. “Lighting a candle this September 25th will bring awareness to these wonderful orphan pets and can help in increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.”
This campaign requests that organizations and individuals dedicate the fourth Thursday of September, annually, to remembering the millions of homeless pets who lost their lives over the past year. By doing so, the world is uniting and developing this awareness campaign in hope of shining a light on the millions of healthy and loving orphan pets still awaiting adoption.
Individuals can get involved by attending a candle-lighting ceremony at their local shelter, or assisting with organizing their own candle-lighting ceremony; lighting a virtual candle on-line at www.remembermethursday.org; changing their Facebook profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day, September 25th; spreading the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels using #LIGHTFORPETS; and most importantly by always adopting and encouraging friends and family to do the same.
For more information on Remember Me Thursday and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to www.remembermethursday.org. For more information on the US west coast candle-lighting events contact PR Manager Jessica Gercke at (858) 756-4117 x 335 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember Me Thursday t-shirts are available at http://remembermethursday.rushordertees.com/.