Remember Me Thursday

REMEMBER ME THURSDAY WITH KITTIES BLUE

Remember Me Thursday

Today is the one day a year we remember all those animals that have lost their lives while waiting in shelters for adoption as well as those still waiting. Though the numbers have consistently decreased over the past decade, more than one million pets are euthanized annually. That truly breaks my heart!

Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center created this day, and it is celebrated around the world. Kitties Blue and I have been participating for many years. This day offers each of us the opportunity to share the story of pet adoption and let others know the joys of sharing their home with an animal. Changing just one mind about pet adoption can save a life.

You can spread awareness by sharing your pet’s story on social media with the hashtags, #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight. Also visit the Remember Me Thursday website and light a virtual candle. I lit one for Misty May before publishing this post. I also will be lighting candles at home today. If you plan to do the same and have pets in your home, please use battery operated candles. (I will be using battery operated tea lights provided to me by the Remember Me Thursday organization.)

Kitties Blue

As most of you know, all of our past and present felines have been rescued in one way another. Several just showed up and asked to live here. Many others were the offspring of pregnant strays taken in by friends or friends of friends. Two, Lisbeth and Kizmet, were adopted from a local shelter (Angels of Assisi) and two, Astrid and Calista Jo, from a local TNR/Rescue group (Barn Cat Buddies). Dad Tom and I totally believe in “Adopt Don’t Shop.”

I really don’t like to think what might have happened to our 22 kitties and yes, two dogs, had Dad Tom and I not brought them into our home to care for and love.

Today I am sharing two collages with some of our past Remember Me Thursday photos and badges as well as the one I created for Audrey to share this year.

 

Kitties Blue Remember Me Thursday: a collage of several kitties with posters celebrating remember Me Thursday.

Kitties Blue Remember Me Thursday: a collage of several kitties with posters celebrating Remember Me Thursday.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

As today is Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, I am sharing three poems from previous Remember Me Thursday posts. I am hoping Teddy and Angel Sammy (Two Spoiled Cats) will forgive us for not using today’s inspiration photo. You can still check out Angel Sammy’s Poem by clicking on his badge.

 

PLEASE OPT TO ADOPT ORPHAN CATS

Most of us were orphans at one time,
Whether roaming the streets or shelter confined.
But then one day our luck suddenly changed.
A human stopped in whose heart we would claim.
They took us home to keep us safe forever
With food, shelter and love as our caregiver.
So today, will you please a candle light
And pray for the orphans to not give up the fight,
As they wait and long for their special human
To find them and become their number one fan.
© Janet Buickerood Blue 09/22/2016

LUCKY CAT

My name is Sawyer and I’m a tough little dude.
I’ve tons of moxie and a can-do attitude.
I am a Manx cat, which means I have no tail.
I’m also a grey tabby cat and a male.
I was found on the deck at a vacant house,
Living off of bugs and the occasional mouse.
Less than three pounds I weighed when I was found.
I thank God I wasn’t taken to the pound
but brought to a house on Thanksgiving weekend.
I didn’t know for myself I’d no longer need to fend.
I also didn’t know there were eight other cats
,
Or I’d be living a life only my wildest dreams could surpass.
When I was allowed to mingle, I made friends with a calico.
Her name was Lily Olivia and she was very old.
She died a couple months later as a matter of fact.
She was almost nineteen and, like me, a rescued cat,
I can only dream of becoming such a revered senior,
As I have a seizure disorder and my prognosis is poor.
It is hard to be just two years old and afflicted this way
And need to take medicine four times each day.
My seizures can be very scary.
Never knowing when one will happen makes Mom wary.
I’ve had a few that my humans were unable to stop,
Then into the car we have all had to hop.
My dad then drives us to the emergency vet
To get me stable and back home to rest.
Where with any luck I’ll have some quiet days
To spend on the catio and at the birdies gaze.
I have a big brother named Cooper Murphy.
He’s a huge ginger tabby and really quite goofy.
Like me he was rescued from living outside
When it was winter and snowing with no place to hide.
There are six more cats with whom I coexist.
Most are nice; while others are misfits.
They all can be a gigantic pain in my tush.
Nevertheless, I am one lucky puss.
I have a loving home in which to dwell
Where my life is grand and I’m treated swell.
And now I pray all animals can find good homes
And, like me, never again the streets have to roam.
© Sawyer Blue 09/25/2019

OPT TO ADOPT ORPHAN CATS

Most of us were orphans at one time,
Whether roaming the streets or shelter confined.
But then one day our luck suddenly changed.
Two humans’ hearts we would claim.
They took us home to keep us safe forever
With food, shelter and love as our caregivers.
So today, will you please a candle light
And pray for the orphans to not give up the fight,
As they wait and long for their special human
To find them and become their number one fan.
And tell your friends to promote Remember Me Thursday,
So kitties worldwide can have their special gotcha day!
© Janet Buickerood Blue – 09/24/2020

Thankful Thursday

Dad Tom and I are thankful for each of the Kitties Blue who have been and are currently part of our lives. Some have liked us more than others. Nonetheless, each has brought joy and love into our lives.

All the Kitties Blue and I are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian’s Home. You can do the same by clicking on his badge.

BriansHome-ThankfulThursday-BlogHop.png

Thank you for joining us on this very special day.

 

LOOKING BACK & LOOKING FORWARD

Remember Me Thursday Reminder

Audrey is here today to remind everyone that Thursday is Remember Me Thursday.

 

A torbie cat is looking to the left (back) and to the right (forward) on a #Remember Me Thursday badge.

 

Audrey is looking back on being an outdoor, homeless kitten with her brother, Raleigh, and two other kittens. She is looking forward to continuing the wonderful life she now enjoys.

Visit Remember Me Thursday to find out more about the event, including their contest. Don’t forget to light a candle while you are there in honor or memory of a beloved pet. (I am not certain this feature is currently working. When I tried to put up a candle for Misty May, it didn’t work.) You will also find badges for your blog and frames (like the one above) to use on your blog or social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtags, #RememberMeThursday and #ShineALight.

Please join Audrey and the other Kitties Blue on Thursday and post about the event on your blog.

Thanks for visiting.

Awww Mondays

Audrey is going to join the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. Click on the badge below if you’d like to do the same.

 

 

 

REMEMBER ME THURSDAY 2022

#SeeTheLight

Did you know that 100 percent of Kitties Blue were stray/feral/abandoned, born to a stray mom or adopted from a rescue? Not all kitties (and other companion animals) are as fortunate as Kitties Blue. Last year we shared the history of how each of our cats, except, of course, newbies, Audrey and Raleigh, became a member of the Kitties Blue crew. You can read about those histories on the post, “Kitties Blue: Remembering to #SeeTheLight.

Today is Remember Me Thursday, a world-wide event sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Its mission is to help everyone #SeeTheLight about pet adoption by remembering and honoring pets awaiting forever homes as well as those who lost their lives waiting to be adopted. It’s also intended to encourage individuals to spay and neuter their pets and to adopt pets waiting in shelters for forever homes. 

 

#SeeTheLight: Large ginger cat holds a sign for #SeeTheLight for pet adoption.

 

Disclaimer: Items with the Remember Me Thursday logo appearing in this post were provided to me free of charge to promote Remember Me Thursday on my social media accounts: The Cat on My Head blog and Instgram at Kitties.Blue.

Here are some facts from the Remember Me Thursday website.

More than 50 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet. Even so, 6,000,000 cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the United States each year. While many pets are fortunate to find a loving, forever home due to the efforts of rescue organizations, each year over 900,000 cats spend the final moments of their lives in a shelter.

How to Help

According to the site, Pet Pedia, 625,000 pets were euthanized in 2019. That is a staggering number, but according to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, orphan pets could avoid this fate with more help from us. You can help by adopting from your local shelter or rescue and encouraging your friends to do the same. And if you can’t adopt, please consider fostering or sponsoring.

To learn more about what you can do, visit, “Information to Inspire” on the Remember Me Thursday site.

You also can help your local shelter or rescue by entering your rescue pet’s story in the Remembering Me Thursday Contest. Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  • Submit your pet’s photo and story directly to the contest page.
  • Or, post a picture of your best friend on social media using both the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight.

Deadline for entry is September 30.

You can check out all the great prizes on the website.

In 2020, we shared this poem and wanted to share it again. We will share our Thoroughly Poetic Thursday poem tomorrow.

OPT TO ADOPT ORPHAN CATS

Most of us were orphans at one time,
Whether roaming the streets or shelter confined.
But then one day our luck suddenly changed.
Two humans’ hearts we would claim.
They took us home to keep us safe forever
With food, shelter and love as our caregivers.
So today, will you please a candle light
And pray for the orphans to not give up the fight,
As they wait and long for their special human
To find them and become their number one fan.
And tell your friends to promote Remember Me Thursday,
So kitties worldwide can have their special gotcha day!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 09/24/2020

Tomorrow at noon, we will be participating in Remember Me Thursday on Zoom. Kitties Blue and I hope you’ll join us there. Registration is required at the Remember Me Thursday site.

We also will be lighting a candle here at home to remember all our Kitties Blue, including angels, Giulietta and Fiona, whose mom was a stray cat.

 

#SeeTheLight: Two grey cats with a candle and a ceramic angel cat.

Thankful Thursday

Dad Tom are thankful that we have been able to give a home to 22 cats.

Sawyer, Dad Tom and I are thankful he hasn’t had a seizure in 29 days. He needs some POTP, however, has he has been particularly bad about eating lately. That is usually the precursor to a seizure.

Cooper Murphy is thankful that Helen Woodward Animal Center included some toys with the Remember Me Thursday supplies.

 

#SeeTheLight:Large ginger cat with toys for Remembering Thursday.

 

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for your support, following and friendship.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Brian. To participate enter the URL for Brian’s blog in your browser.

Comment-a-thon

You have until midnight tonight to leave a comment on Misty May and Angel Mau’s birthday post, “18th Birthday Celebration Comment-a-thon,” for the opportunity to win a donation for your favorite pet rescue, shelter or charity. I will be donating $1 for every comment (one per person please). If you haven’t commented yet, please do and invite your friends to do the same.  Thank you.

Note: All photos on this page were taken by the author, Janet Blue.

KIZMET WATCHING VOLLEYBALL WITH DAD

Wordless Wednesday

 

 

Kizmet is a fan of all sports. Check out this post for a photo of her watching the Winter Olympics: “Sports Enthusiast Cat Kizmet.”

Kizmet will be joining the Wordless Wednesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.

 

Comment-a-thon

You only have today and tomorrow to enter a comment on Misty May and Angel Mau’s birthday post, “18th Birthday Celebration Comment-a-thon,” for the opportunity to win a donation for your favorite pet rescue, shelter or charity. I will be donating $1 for every comment (one per person please). If you haven’t commented yet, please do and invite your friends to do the same.  Thank you.

Remember Me Thursday

 

Remember Me Thursday graphic with orange tabby cat portrait within a star and grey tabby cat portrait within a heart.

 

Cooper and Sawyer are here to remind you to join us tomorrow for a very special post to honor and remember all pets waiting for their forever homes. Both Cooper Murphy and Sawyer came to us from the streets, and we are blessed to have them as members of the family. Check out the Remember Me Thursday website for additional information.

 

 

KITTIES BLUE: REMEMBERING TO #SEETHELIGHT

Remember Me Thursday® with Kitties Blue

 

Kitties Blue are participating in Remember Me Thursday®, the creation of Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Over a million beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2021,” according to Arms. He adds, “I believe lighting a candle for the orphan pets will be a way for people to let the world know how much they love them. The awareness can help in increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.”

The goal of the campaign is to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be a voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes. In years past over 190 countries have supported the movement. Seven hundred separate animal welfare organizations around the world have held candle-lighting ceremonies. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have done the same, including Kitties Blue. And we will light our candles again today.

According to Arms, “We all come from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, but together, we can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day.”

I asked our latest adoptee, Kizmet, to help me share that message today.

 

Kitties Blue, Remember Me Thursday

 

She wasn’t as cooperative as usual; she hid the Remember Me Thursday logos on her bandana and my shirt.

Our Adoption Stories

Dad Tom and I believe in saving homeless animals. As proof, Kitties Blue share a tiny bit of their adoption stories today.

We adopted several of our 20 furkids from individuals who kindly took in stray, pregnant cats. Those kitties are Skooter, Steamer, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta and Fiona. With TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) gaining in popularity and use fewer neighborhood cats find themselves in this situation. We adopted MacKenzie from a veterinarian. I no longer remember the story of how he ended up there.

A number of Kitties Blue adopted us by showing up at our door or being left with their littermates by a neighborhood stray. Those cats are Daphne, Thelma, Louise, Twinkle, Madison and Chloe. We always found homes for the littermates with friends, co-workers, neighbors or friends of friends. We never delivered any cat to a shelter, and none were ever euthanized! Several others tried to adopt us when we already had a full house. We found loving homes for each one.

We rescued Lily Olivia and her littermates from the street. Friends adopted her three brothers, Parker, Winston and Sebastian. As you know, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer appeared in the neighborhood. Cooper was obviously dumped during a snowstorm. We have no idea how Sawyer ended up at the abandoned house next door as such a tiny kitten. But all were welcomed with loving hearts and open arms.

We formally adopted the remainder of the Kitties Blue from rescue agencies. Astrid (found on a roof with her brother, Bobby) and Calista Jo came from Barn Cat Buddies and Lisbeth and Kizmet from Angels of Assisi.

Be Part of Remember Me Thursday Awareness

Today is our opportunity and yours to share the story of pet adoption and let others know how wonderful it is to share your home with an animal and save a life. You can spread awareness by sharing your pet’s story on social media with the hashtags, #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight. Also visit the Remember Me Thursday website and light a virtual candle. Changing just one mind can save a life.

You also can participate in the blog hop hosted by Dawn at Lola the Rescued Cat. Click on the badge on our sidebar to go there and enter the link to your post.

Thankful Thursday

Dad Tom and I are thankful for each of the Kitties Blue who have been and are currently part of our lives. Though some have brought us much consternation, each has brought joy into our lives.

All the Kitties Blue and I are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian’s Home. You can do the same by clicking on his badge.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

I will be posting our poem for Angel Sammy & Teddy’s poetry challenge tomorrow along with our Friendly Fill-Ins.

 

HAPPY TO #SEETHELIGHT

Happy Tuesday

 

I’m a happy cat because I was adopted, just like all by fursibs who were either directly rescued or adopted. And I am here today to remind you to join us for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual Remember Me Thursday®. This year’s campaign is #SeeTheLight. You can participate by entering your rescue pet’s story to win pet food and money for your favorite shelter or rescue. You also can light a candle and share a photo and some sentiments about your rescued pet to shine a virtual light on orphan pets who never found families. We lit a candle for Sawyer, who we consider twice rescued. To go to the #RememberMeThursday website, click on the badge on our sidebar (opposite Kizmet’s photo).

All the Kitties Blue are thankful to be participating again this year in Remember Me Thursday® and #SeeTheLight. On Thursday, we will remind you of some of our rescue and adoption stories.

I also am going to pop over to Comedy Plus to join the Happy Tuesday blog hop. You can do the same by clicking on the badge below.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Today you can find our adorable grey tabbies over at Friends Furever enjoying another one of their fun adventures. If you haven’t checked it out yet, click on their graphic to pop on over and say, “hi.”

Purrs & paw-pats, Kizmet

 

#SEETHELIGHT WITH SAWYER

Thankful Thursday

Kitties Blue and I are thankful again this year to be participating in Remember Me Thursday® and #SeeTheLight, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center. It is a week from today, but a variety of options to participate are already available. You can enter your rescue pet’s story to win pet food and money for your favorite shelter or rescue or light a candle and share a photo and some sentiments about your rescued pet to shine a virtual light on the orphan pets who never found their families. We have already lit a candle for Sawyer, who we consider to be twice rescued. To go to the #RememberMeThursday website, click on the badge on our sidebar (opposite Sawyer’s photo).

Yesterday, Sawyer reminded our friends on Instagram about #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight. Kitties Blue will be doing this everyday for the next week. (You can find us on Instagram at Kitties.Blue.)

 

 

Sawyer is participating in the Thankful Thursday blog hop hosted by Brian. To join him, post on your blog for what you are thankful and then click on Brian’s badge.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

It’s Thursday so time for some poetry for the Two Spoiled Cats’ (Angel Sammy and Teddy) poetry challenge based on the inspiration photo below.

 

 

I had several false starts when it came to writing a poem this week. When I was a kid my grandpa took me fishing in Yosemite. I totally disliked it. I was bored just standing around and waiting for something to happen, which it never did. Though, my grandfather often caught fish, and grandma would cook it for the family, I wouldn’t eat it. She always made lamb chops for me. I tried to work off of those memories for today’s poem, but I had no luck, so today is a cat-written and cat-themed haiku instead.

Our mom doesn’t like fish
Never makes us this tasty dish
Opens a can instead

© Kitties Blue – 09/15/2021

If you don’t participate on Thursdays because you think you are not good at writing poetry or have never tried it, check out Sammy and Teddy’s web-site. You’ll find an inspiration photo for next week and you can take the next seven days crafting something. It’s got tore better than what I did this week. Anyhoo…to get to Two Spoiled Cats, click on the poetry badge. While visiting, please check out Angel Sammy’s poem. He always writes a terrific one.

Birthday Celebration Tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow at a party to celebrate Misty May and Angel Mau’s seventeenth birthday. We are hoping Mau will get a day pass to join us as well as bake a cake to share with all of you. Paws crossed we’ll see you tomorrow.

 

REMEMBER ME THURSDAY® 2020

Uniting the World for Orphan Pets

About 6.5 million animals enter animal shelters across the United States annually. In 2019, 733,000 of those were euthanized.

Remember Me Thursday® (in its eighth year) is a global awareness campaign encouraging individuals to light a candle (literally or virtually) and opt to adopt orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues.

We are joining Remember Me Thursday® and have lit a candle at RememberMeTursday.org in remembrance of Angels Mau and Allie (Friends Furever).

Candles lit on this day (the fourth Thursday of September annually) across the world honor the pets who lose their lives without knowing the comforts of a loving home. Of course, both Allie and Mau had wonderful homes,

These candles shine brightly on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. We pray all those pets will be as lucky as Mau and Allie were.

Our Youngest Rescues

Cooper Murphy and Sawyer were fortunate to become members of the Kitties Blue household. Neither made it as far as a shelter. Cooper was abandoned during a snow storm. Sawyer appeared at the vacant house next door to ours on Thanksgiving. Had Cooper Murphy been dropped off at a shelter, he probably would have found a home. Instead he was left to fend for himself alone outdoors. Sawyer on the other paw, with his seizure disorder, likely would not have been so lucky had he been taken to a shelter.

They are here today promoting Remember Me Thursday® to remind everyone that all pets deserve a warm and loving home.

 

Remember Me Thursday®

 

A few years ago, I wrote a poem about Kitties Blue to promote pet adoption and am sharing an updated version this year.

OPT TO ADOPT ORPHAN CATS

Most of us were orphans at one time,
Whether roaming the streets or shelter confined.
But then one day our luck suddenly changed.
Two humans’ hearts we would claim.
They took us home to keep us safe forever
With food, shelter and love as our caregivers.
So today, will you please a candle light
And pray for the orphans to not give up the fight,
As they wait and long for their special human
To find them and become their number one fan.
And tell your friends to promote Remember Me Thursday®,
So kitties worldwide can have their special gotcha day!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 09/24/2020

How to Participate

Please join me, other pet-lovers and advocates and animal welfare organizations around the world in lighting your own candle. Visit the link listed in the first paragraph to light your candle and learn more about Remember Me Thursday®. Or light your own candle at home. Just make certain it is battery operated or in an area your pets cannot access.

In addition, sign-up to participate in this year’s Zoom call. Pet adoption advocates from around the world will unite virtually via video chat to light up the world for orphan pets.

To #SeeTheLight about pet adoption, click on the link below to fill out a participation request form and receive details on how to join today virtually for the Global Candle Lighting at 9:00 AM PST/12 PM EST via Zoom.

RememberMeThursdayVirtualGlobalCandleLightingRegistrationForm

2020 Contest

To win a monetary prize and pet food for your favorite rescue or shelter, enter your pet’s rescue story. (We entered Sawyer’s story last year. He didn’t win, but placed in the top 50.)

These are the prizes:

1st place – $5,000, 1,000 pounds of Blue Buffalo pet food and 100 Kong toys

2nd Place – $2,500, 1,000 pounds of Blue Buffalo pet food and 100 Kong toys

3rd place – $1,000, 1,000 pounds of Blue Buffalo pet food and 100 Kong toys

Prizes are sponsored by Blue Buffalo, Naturally Fresh and Save This Life!

To enter, click on the link in the first paragraph and then click on “Remember Me Thursday Contest” on the sidebar.

Blog Hop

Lola the Rescued Cat is hosting this year’s Remember Me Thursday® blog hop. Click on the badge below to participate.

Remember Me Thursday®

Thankful Thursday

This is Thankful Thursday over at Brian’s Home blog. Kitties Blue and I are thankful everyday for pet guardians, advocates, rescues, shelters and adopters worldwide. This is a blog hop. Click on Brian’s badge to participate.

 

KITTIES BLUE DO THE THANKFULS

Thankful Thursday

We kitties are writing the Thankful Thursday post, as Mom is exhausted. 

We have a whole bunch of things for which we are thankful this week.

  • Mom is thankful she got more work done in the yard yesterday. We think, however, that she might be broken, as she is really hobbling around. But our yard is starting to take shape again.
  • We are super thankful that Mom and Dad took a night for themselves. They went out to dinner and to see the musical, “Beautiful.” If you haven’t heard of it, it is about Carol King. It is filled from end-to-end with songs from the 60s. Mom gives it  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and recommends that all you humans see it if you have the opportunity.
  • We are all equally thankful that Sawyer was A-OK while they were out.
  • The biggest thankful of the week, however, belongs to Sawyer and Mom. On Tuesday Mom received an e-mail from the Helen Woodward Foundation. This is what it said:

Thank you for your support during our #RememberMeThursday contest!

Your story was really powerful and touched our hearts. We are happy to share that your submission made it to the top 50 out of 8,000+ entries for our 2019 #RememberMeThursday contest.

Although you did not make the top 3 of our contest, you have a strong chance of winning our #IChoseToRescue contest, part of our Home 4 The Holidays campaign. We urge you to submit your entry – you have a great chance of winning as we draw a winner at the end of each month through Jan 2, 2020!

The entry was the poem Sawyer wrote,  entitled, “Lucky Cat.” If you missed it, click on the title to read it now.

So that’s it for us this week.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by our pal, Brian. To participate, post on your blog for what you are thankful, then click on the badge below to hop over to Brian’s and enter you link.

 

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Mom did not have the opportunity as yet to write her poem for this week, so she will be posting it tomorrow along with Friendly Fill-Ins and a photo for Feline Friday.

Thanks for joining us. We appreciate all our friends and supporters.

Purrs and paw-pats, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

 

 

REMEMBER ME THURSDAY WITH POEM BY SAWYER

Uniting the World for Orphan Pets

We are joining Remember Me Thursday® 2019 and have lit a candle at RememberMeTursday.org for all pets waiting to find their furever homes.

 

Remember Me Thursday

Right: Cooper Murphy lights candles & reminds everyone to Opt to Adopt.

 

Now going into its seventh year, Remember Me Thursday® is a global awareness campaign aimed at uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.

The Remember Me Thursday® 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.

Candles lit on this day (the fourth Thursday of September annually) across the world honor the pets who lose their lives without the opportunity to know the comforts of a loving home. These candles shine brightly on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.

According to the Remember Me Thursday® website, “In the previous six years of the campaign, 180 countries supported the movement with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website, or lighting a virtual candle.”

As this is Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, Sawyer has written a poem. He hopes that Angel Sammy and Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats) won’t mind that it has no relationship to this week’s inspiration photo.

 

Remember Me Thursday

Top: Calista Jo & Sawyer play with their Remember Me Thursday catnip toy.

 

Lucky Cat

My name is Sawyer and I’m a tough little dude.
I’ve tons of moxie and a can-do attitude.
I am a Manx cat, which means I have no tail.
I’m also a grey tabby cat and a male.

I was found on the deck at a vacant house,
Living off of bugs and the occasional mouse.
Less than three pounds I weighed when I was found.
I thank God I wasn’t taken to the pound.

I was brought to a house on Thanksgiving weekend.
I didn’t know for myself I’d no longer need to fend.
I also didn’t know there were eight other cats
Or I’d be living a life only my wildest dreams could surpass.

When I was allowed to mingle, I made friends with a calico.
Her name was Lily Olivia and she was very old.
She died a couple months later as a matter of fact.
She was almost nineteen and, like me, a rescued cat,

I can only dream of becoming such a revered senior,
As I have a seizure disorder and my prognosis is poor.
It is hard to be just two years old and afflicted this way
And need to take medicine four times each day.

My seizures can be very scary.
Never knowing when one will happen makes Mom wary.
I’ve had a few that my humans were unable to stop,
Then into the car we have all had to hop.

My dad then drives us to the emergency vet
To get me stable and back home to rest.
Where with any luck I’ll have some quiet days
To spend on the catio and at the birdies gaze.

I have a big brother named Cooper Murphy.
He’s a huge ginger tabby and really quite goofy.
Like me he was rescued from living outside
When it was winter and snowing with no place to hide.

There are six more cats with whom I coexist.
Most are nice; while others are misfits.
They all can be a gigantic pain in my tush.
Nevertheless, I am one lucky puss.

I have a loving home in which to dwell
Where My life is grand and I’m treated swell.
And now I pray all animals can find good homes
And, like me, never again the streets have to roam.

© Sawyer Blue 09/25/2019

Most of you know that all our cats have been rescued in one way or another. They were either strays living outside who just showed up at our house or the offspring of stray, pregnant cats taken in by friends. Only three were officially adopted from a rescue group (Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo). As I wrote recently, MacKenzie was adopted from a vet.

All of the Kitties Blue, past and present, Dad Tom and I join other pet-lovers, advocates and animal welfare organizations around the world in lighting a candle. Visit the link listed in the first paragraph to light your candle and learn more about Remember Me Thursday®. Or light your own candle at home. Just make certain it is either battery operated or in an area your pets cannot access.

When visiting the Remember Me Thursday® web-site, don’t miss out on the opportunity to win one of the prizes below for the rescue of your choice. Just follow the directions on their site to enter.

 

Thankful Thursday

This also is Thankful Thursday over at Brian’s Home blog. Kitties Blue and I are thankful everyday for the pet guardians, advocates, rescues, shelters and adopters worldwide. This is a blog hop. Click on Brian’s badge to participate.