Hey guys. Ernie here. Today is Remember Me Thursday®…a day to shine a light on those orphan pets in shelters and rescues who are waiting for their forever homes…and also to remember those that sadly never made it out. Started 5 years ago by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Remember Me Thursday® is a day to get the entire world talking about the importance of pet adoption.
Y’know…I was a shelter cat. I have first-hand experience as to what it’s like being stuck in a cage day after day. Lemme tell you…it’s lonely and scary and no fun at all. Sure, it’s better than being on the streets fending for yourself, but it’s nothing like having a forever home. I was one of the lucky ones. I found my forever home. But there’re still so many wonderful animals sitting in shelters waiting for their forever homes.
Today we wanna shine the light on 3 cats from the shelter the mom volunteers with who are still waiting to find their forever homes. All 3 have issues that tend for them to be overlooked by potential adopters. It’s easy for kittens and outgoing cats to find homes. But it’s the ones that are considered “less adoptable” that have a harder time.
This blue-eyed beauty is Tully. She was found dumped in a carrier at a local business. Now how anyone could just dump a cat in a carrier is beyond me. Sheesh. Tully had a hard time adjusting to being in the shelter. The mom says at first, all she wanted to do was hide and she would hiss at anyone who came near her. But Tully has made much progress over the past couple of months and she now loves to be petted. Though she will let you know when she’s had enough. We know the right home is out there for her if someone would give her the chance.
Meet Shiri. Found as a stray, she was brought to the shelter about 3 months ago. Like Tully, Shiri is a bit shy and tends to hide. She also has some skin issues that are thought to be caused by food allergies, but the shelter people are working on finding the right diet for her. Because of her shyness and health issues, Shiri has been overlooked by people wanting to adopt. But I bet once outta the shelter, she would blossom into a loving cat.
This is Lark. She too was found as a stray and brought to the shelter. Lark tested positive for FIV which unfortunately makes people less likely to want to adopt her. But FIV is not the serious health issue that some think. With regular health care, an FIV cat can live a normal and happy life…just like any other cat. And because FIV is only transmitted by deep bite wounds, an FIV cat usually can live with non-FIV cats safely.
So what can you do to support Remember Me Thursday® and shine a light on shelter and rescue pets? 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…especially for those animals that are considered less adoptable like Tully, Shiri and Lark.
Today, tweet, tag, post and share on social media the life-saving significance of pet adoption. Did you adopt your pet from a shelter or rescue? Post their picture on social media. Make sure you use the hashtag #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.
We wanna get the entire world talking about pet adoption and shine a light on all orphan pets…like Tully, Shiri and Lark…who are in shelters and rescues right now. With all of our collective voices, we CAN make a difference for them!
If anyone is interested in giving Tully, Shiri or Lark a forever home, please let us know!