Ever since Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) and Mike Arms, their renowned President announced the Remember Me Thursday international event that is scheduled for this Thursday at the beginning of their International Animal Welfare Conference, celebrities have been quick to get behind the campaign. They are continuously posting to Facebook and Twitter posts that encourage their followers to join with them in this great cause.
Maddie’s Corner founder Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s Wicked, NBC’s The West Wing and ABC’s Pushing Daisies); actress Kristin Bauer Van Straten (HBO’s True Blood), comedian and actress Margaret Cho (Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva) have all used their social media voice to champion homeless pets. Also onboard with support are cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy (Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell), recording artists Berlin and X, MUTTS cartoonist Patrick McDonnell, along with dog behaviorist Tamar Geller, MAZDASPEED race car driver Elliott Skeer, social media sensation Grumpy Cat, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Broadway kitty celeb Vito Vincent (from the musical Breakfast at Tiffany’s) will host the NYC event for the Mayor’s Alliance at Bideawee, the organization from which he was adopted. Ellen DeGeneres has used her social media voice to champion homeless pets and is behind this new event all the way.
Globally the movement has been adopted by such rescue facilities as Federación Protectora de Animales de Puerto Rico, Inc. (under the translated title Recuerdame este jueves), Care For Dogs Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand and ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai) in Japan, all of which will hold their own candle-lighting ceremony on September 26th. Helen Woodward Animal Center will hold the US west-coast September 26thcandle-lighting ceremony at the first day of its 2nd annual International Animal Welfare Conference at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla. The ceremony fits perfectly with the mission of the conference, which provides an extensive line-up of some of the most cutting-edge speakers, thinkers and activists in the animal welfare industry who aim to explore how to breathe life into adoptions programs that are outdated and killing millions of domestic animals annually. The Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony kicks off at9:00am in the Aventine Ballroom at the Hyatt La Jolla.
HWAC was founded in 1972 as a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Through programs like this that will resound globally, they are fitting their bill.
The organization is based in Rancho Santa Fe, California and provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both in their facilities and throughout the community in which they serve. Mike Arms, their President, is a true animal advocate and leads the charge for the animal-people advocacy. He was the champion of this newest event.
Thanks to the efforts of Mike Arms and other fellow HWAC employee and advocates, animal lovers and organizations across the globe will unite on the 4th Thursday of September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light on the millions of orphan pets still waiting for their forever homes. Mr. Arms will be joined in partnership with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, which represents over 150 animal welfare organizations in New York, New York, Maddie’s Corner, an organization founded to foster the quality of life of people and animals, and by animal organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.remembermethursday.org.