Sep 232021

Hey guys. You know what this is? It’s the face of a happy rescued cat.

Close up of Ernie #RememberMeThursday

That’s right. I’m a former shelter cat. I know what it’s like to be stuck in a cage. Lemme tell you, it’s not fun. It’s cold, lonely…and really scary. You don’t know if you’re ever gonna get out of 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 forever home.

I’m one of the lucky ones…I was rescued…taken out of the shelter and into a wonderful home. But there are still SO many wonderful animals sitting in shelters waiting to find their forever homes.

The shelter the mom volunteers with has a high adoption rate. The shelter volunteers work really hard to find 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? That’s a surprising statistic if you ask me. And sadly, millions never even find their forever homes.

That’s why, once again, I’m pawticipating in Remember Me Thursday®…a day to shine a light on those animals in shelters and rescues waiting for their forever homes…and also to remember those that never made it out. Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2012, Remember Me Thursday® is a day to get the entire world talking about the importance of pet adoption and inspire others to “see the light” for pet adoption.

This year, I wanna share the story of one of the cats at the Wyandotte Animal Shelter, the shelter the mom volunteers with.

Tamara, grey cat at shelter

This is Tamara. She’s one of the senior kitties at the shelter and is estimated to be 13-14 years old. She was a stray that was found lying in someone’s yard, unable to move much. The person who found her called animal control officers who brought her to the shelter where she immediately received veterinarian’s care. Tamara was severely underweight, weighing only 3 pounds when found. It was discovered she had hyperthyroidism, an easily treatable disease. She was put on medication and now is almost back to a healthy weight for her. She is very friendly…but being a senior with a health condition…she’s been overlooked by potential adopters. Which is sad because the mom says she is very sweet and would make a great companion.

Tamara may not have a happy rescue story….YET. But I know her hero is out there…and she’ll find her forever home soon. I’ll keep you updated.

So what can you do to support Remember Me Thursday® and cats like Tamara? You can be a part of the Remember Me Thursday® Awareness Movement. You can spread the word about the importance of pet adoptions…especially for those less adoptable like Tamara.

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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? Share their photo and adoption story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight. Your story may inspire others to SEE THE LIGHT about the importance of pet adoption.

By sharing your pet’s story, you could also win one of 3 fabulous prizes of cash, food and toys for your favorite shelter or rescue group. You can enter your pet’s photo and adoption story in the contest on the Remember Me Thursday® contest page.

Let’s get the whole world talking about pet adoption and helping others SEE THE LIGHT about how important it is for cats like Tamara who wait in shelters and rescues. With all of our collective voices, we CAN make a difference for them!


I’m pawticipating in the special Remember Me Thursday® Blog Hop hosted by my friend Lola the Rescued Cat. Visit her blog to see who else is talking about pet adoption and join in!


  24 Responses to “Inspire Others to #SeeTheLight for Pet Adoption #RememberMeThursday”

  1. Thank heaven she was found and treated humanely and even, lovingly.

  2. Ernie, this is a great post for #RememberMeThursday. We will definitely be praying for Tamara. We are so happy she has gotten a second chance at a great life. We sure know you got one when your human parents adopted you. Did you get Helen Woodward’s e-mail this a.m.? That is our very own Cooper Murphy sharing his belly and the Remember Me Thursday message! XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

  3. Very important message Ernie. I took in a sick stray senior cat back in 2013 and we had 5 wonderful years together. I sure hope Tamara gets to experience a forever home.

  4. I hope Tamara gets a home as loving as yours soon. XO

  5. Ernie, how blessed you were to find such a wonderful forever home ~ and we pray little Tamara will soon find one of her own.

  6. Poor Tamara……I am going to put her at the top of my prayer list and hope she gets a wonderful home to enjoy her senior years in. I’m just so happy someone got her the care she needed! Ernie, we are lucky to have been adopted by our parents aren’t we?

    Hugs, Teddy

  7. Such a beautiful post Ernie, thanks for raising awareness for homeless pets – some day, maybe someday every pet will have a loving home, let’s hope.

  8. Mee-yow wee sure hope Tamara findss her fur efurr home soon Ernie! Shee lookss so wistfull.
    Mee iss a Rescue two butt mee had mee own tiny room beecause mee tried to fight with other catss…..mee was semi-feral an on meen streetss fore 4 yeerss….
    Mee landed on mee pawss when BellaSita came fore mee!
    Wee are 2 of THE lucky oness fore sure!
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma
    Pee S: Yore lookin furry hansum today 😉

  9. BOY, ERNIE. ARE WE GLAD YOU WERE ADOPTED OR WHAT? So glad for those who find forever mamas and papas and homes.

  10. Thanks for hopping with us today, Ernie! We’re crossing our paws for Tamar’s forever home to come soon.

  11. Ernie, thanks for shining a light on this Remember Me Thursday!

  12. Adopted is our favorite breed!

  13. You do look very happy, Ernie.
    I hope someone will give Tamara a loving forever home in her senior years.

  14. They need us the most and I’m a sucker for adopting the ones no one wants. Nothing wrong with that. They all deserve a good forever home.

    Have a purrfect day. ♥

  15. Good to read you adoption story Ernie, the kitties and I are glad you have such a wonderful home! We hope and purr that Tamara will also get a great forever home soon!

  16. Tamara looks like such a sweetheart. Purrs that someone brings her home with them very soon.

  17. We’ll be purring that sweet Tamara gets her happy soon. Adoptions are just the best for each and every species and we hope it’s the next big thing.

  18. Pawsome post! We former shelter kitties have to stick together and get the word out❣️
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Lily, Alberto & Oliver

  19. Tamara is beautiful, and she sure is lucky to have you and the shelter in her corner. Thank you for helping spread the word about adoption, Ernie and Mom Sue. XO

  20. I admire your mom’s efforts… i have thought about volunteering at a local shelter but don’t know if I could handle seeing great cats not get adopted…

  21. I hope Tamara finds a home soon.

  22. Marley here – I was a shelter cat. Went to a nice lady but she sneezed around me alla time. So TBT found me an I got here. Best place. An Ayla was was “the runt” of the litter and ended up here. Iza was “smudgy-colored an no good fer breeding, so she ended up here. Laz was wild and crazed after bein with pit bulls and grabby kids fer 2 years, so he ended up here.

    TBT here: I get the rescues indirectly not direct from shelters. But they find their Forever Homes here. It works for me.

  23. Tamara sounds like a lovely ittle lady and if we were closer, I can see us taking Tamara in.

    This post was excellent Ernie. It made we want to adopt again.


  24. I’m so glad they’ve kept this wonderful day going! ♥

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