In one way or another all present Kitties Blue as well as past Kitties Blue are rescues. We either wandered up to Mom and Dad’s door, were adopted from a rescue or from a friend or stranger who had taken in a stray, pregnant kitty. That is 19 cats who were given the opportunity for a life with a loving family. We are a very tiny percentage of the lucky ones.
According to The America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA), approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.4 million cats). The Humane Society of the United States estimates that represents 70 percent of cats in shelters. The ASCPA adds that of cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
The statistics are appalling.
Remember Me Thursday® Awareness Movement
“Remember Me Thursday® is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstopable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.”
On the last Thursday in September, the entire world shares the importance of pet adoption by shining a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues. In 2017, people using #RememberMeThursday reached nearly 330 million people on social media.
Please join us, other pet-lovers and advocates as well as animal welfare organizations around the world in lighting your own candle (as Sawyer just did) by clicking here. Or light your own candle at home. Just make certain it is either battery operated or in an area your pets cannot access.
While visiting the Remember Me Thursday® site you can check for special events that may be taking place in your area. Mark you calendar as well to enter the My Pet Rocks calendar contest running October 1–November 1. Enter a photo of your pet to win a full-page picture in the 2019 Helen Woodward Animal Center Pet Calendar! “Votes” are $1 each, with a minimum of 25 “votes” to enter. (All entries will appear in the calendar.)
#RememberTheRescue Challenge is a social media photo contest where rescue pet parents tweet and post photos of their beloved, adopted pets. All you need to do is share your rescue pet’s photo and story then nominate your favorite pet adoption organization or facility to win one of three awesome prizes! Here are the three ways to enter.
- Post on Instagram using #RememberMeThursday and @HWAC.
- Post on Twitter using #RememberMeThursday and @HWAC.
- Enter directly on the contest website.
And here’s what your nominee could win.
I wrote this poem for Remember Me Thursday two years ago. Until no pet goes homeless or is euthanized, it remains relevant.
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
It’s easy to tell you our thankful this week. All of Kitties Blue are grateful for a loving home, plenty of noms, a catio, oodles of toys and a terrific vet, Dr. Neel. We also are proud and thankful to be advocates for pet rescue and adoption.
We are entering the Thankful Thursday blog hop at Brian’s Home. To join the blog hop, click on Brian’s badge below.