Hey guys. 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 8 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.
~This is the face of a happy rescued cat~
Y’know…I ended up in a shelter when the humans that first had me couldn’t keep me. So I know what it’s like to be 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 out 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 to find theirs.
The shelter the mom volunteers with has a high adoption rate. The shelter volunteers work really hard to find good homes for all the animals that come through the shelter doors. But this isn’t true of all shelters. Did you know only 30% of pets in U.S. households come from shelters and rescues? And millions never even make it out. That’s why it’s so important to spread the word about the importance of pet adoption so more people will “see the light” and be inspired to adopt from shelter and rescues. It’s been proven that by bringing more awareness to orphan pets, adoptions from shelters and rescues increase, euthanasia decreases and puppy mill sales decrease.
As we’ve done in previous years for Remember Me Thursday®, we’re “shining the light” on a couple of the cats currently at the Wyandotte Animal Shelter, the one the mom volunteers with. These cats have issues that tend to make them overlooked by potential adopters.
This is Henrietta. She is one of 6 cats that ended up at the shelter due to a hoarding situation. Most of the other cats have found homes but Henrietta is still waiting for hers. She’s a senior cat…her age is estimated to be at least 10, maybe older, which doesn’t get her a lot of attention since people looking to adopt tend to choose younger cats. But Henrietta is very laid back and friendly…and she will make the purrfect companion for someone.
Meet Marguerite. She along with the other cats she lived with all ended up at the shelter when their owner passed away suddenly. It’s taken them a little time to adjust to shelter life, but they are finally showing their sweet personalities. At some point in Marguerite’s life, she suffered a broken leg that never healed properly so she walks with a limp. But that doesn’t stop her from wanting attention and enjoying head scritches.
So what can you do to support Remember Me Thursday® and cats like Henrietta and Marguerite? Adopting a shelter pet would be best but we know that’s not something everyone is in a position to do. But you can be a part of the Remember Me Thursday® Awareness Movement.
Today, tweet, tag, post and share on social media the life-saving significance of pet adoption. Did you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue? Post their photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share their adoption story. Use the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight.” Your story may inspire others to “see the light” about the importance of pet adoption.
You can also enter the fun Remember Me Thursday® contest and win one of 3 fabulous prize packages that include cash, food and toys for your favorite shelter or rescue. All you need to do is upload your pet’s photo to the Remember Me Thursday® contest page.
We want the whole world talking about pet adoption. Let’s make adoption from a shelter or rescue the FIRST option!
We’re pawticipating in the special Remember Me Thursday® Blog Hop hosted by our friend Lola the Rescued Cat. Visit her blog to see who else is talking about pet adoption and join in!