Remember Me Thursday – Light A Candle For Shelter Pets

Three Ways You Can Help Pets on Remember Me Thursday

Light A Candle For Pets

Original photo by Flickr user L.C.Nøttaasen

Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations for a new international pet awareness campaign called Remember Me Thursday, on September 26, 2013.  The candles, lit virtually or at participating pet rescues and organizations around the world, will be on the exact same day, and will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home.

What Is Remember Me Thursday?

Did you know only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities? (Statistic Credit: HSUS, 2013)  Remember Me Thursday is an awareness program that aims to shine a light on pet adoption by remembering the pets that were lost before they had a chance to find loving families.

Animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite on Thursday, September 26, 2013 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Orphaned pets across the world need your voice on September 26! Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Change Your Facebook or Twitter Icon

Change your Facebook profile picture or Twitter icon to the Remember Me Thursday icon to show your support for pet adoption worldwide! Download the icons below:

Small Icon

Remember Me Thursday Icon Download

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Remember Me Thursday Icon Download

2. Share Your Love For Pet Adoption on Social Media – #LightForPets

Spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.  Don’t forget to use #LIGHTFORPETS to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption. Need ideas for tweets and posts? Download our social one-sheet with suggested posts and tweets or one of our graphics to help spread the word about shelter pets in need.

3. Light A Candle for Pets on September 26, 2013

The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Word of the awareness campaign has spread like wildfire in the form of celebrity social media posts and rescue facilities from New York City to Puerto Rico to Japan have joined the cause. You can check to see if a pet rescue or pet adoption organization near you is holding a candle-lighting event, or you can light one virtually online.

We are extremely grateful to our partner organizations and celebrity friends who are helping us champion this cause! Special thanks to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, Maddie’s Corner, Bideawee, Hounds and Heroes, Kristin Chenoweth and all the participating organizations.

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