Hey guys. Ernie here. Being a former shelter cat, I know what it’s like to be stuck in a cage day after day. Lemme tell ya, it’s not fun. It’s cold, lonely…and really scary. You don’t know if you’re ever gonna get outta there. Oh sure, it’s better than being on the streets because there’s food and water available, but it’s nothing like having a real forever home. I’m one of the lucky ones…I found my forever home. But there’re still SO many wonderful animals sitting in shelters waiting to find homes.
Did you know only 30% of pets in U.S. households come from shelters and rescues? Yeah, that statistic really surprised me, too. And millions never even find their forever homes. That’s why today we’re pawticipating in Remember Me Thursday®…a day to shine a light on those orphan pets in shelters and rescues waiting for their forever homes…and also to remember those that sadly never made it out. And we want all of you to pawticipate, too. Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Center 5 years ago, Remember Me Thursday® is a day to get the entire world talking about the importance of pet adoption.
Just like we did last year, we’d like to introduce you to 3 of those orphan pets who are waiting in a shelter for their forever homes.
Meet Wyatt, Lyric and Archie…just 3 of the many cats at the Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center…the shelter the mom volunteers at. Wyatt was a stray found wandering the streets, and Lyric and Archie were both owner surrenders. (How anyone can just get rid of their pet is beyond us…but we try not to judge.) These 3 have been at the shelter far too long…Wyatt has been there for over 9 months. We gotta get these guys out!
So what can you do to support Remember Me Thursday® and help cats like Wyatt, Lyric and Archie? Adopting a shelter or rescue pet would be the best. But we know that’s not something everyone is in a position to do. But you can spread the word about the importance of pet adoption.
Today, tweet, tag, post and share on social media the life-saving significance of pet adoption. Make sure you use the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.
You can also light a virtual candle on the Remember Me Thursday® Candle Gallery page to help spread awareness of orphan pets. Let’s honor the lost ones whose time ran out and bring awareness to those we can still help.
There’s also a fun #RememberTheRescue Contest that you can enter.
I know you’ve got lots of photos of your rescued or adopted pet, right? Just post one of them on Twitter or Instagram and use BOTH hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #RememberTheRescue. You can also upload your photo directly to the #RememberTheRescue Contest page. Enter as many times as you like. By doing so, you could win one of 3 fabulous prize packages for your favorite shelter or rescue that includes cash, food and toys.
So c’mon! Let’s get the entire world talking about pet adoption and shine a light on all orphan pets…like Wyatt, Lyric and Archie…waiting in shelters and rescues right now. With all of our collective voices, we CAN make a difference!
If anyone is interested in giving Wyatt, Lyric or Archie a forever home, please let us know!
Disclosure: We received some fun items from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in exchange for partnering with them to spread the word about Remember Me Thursday®. HWAC is not responsible for the contents of this article. The Island Cats only share information we think will be of interest to our readers.