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