by Janet Blue on September 24, 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 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.


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.


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.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

AngelicClowder September 24, 2020 at 10:06 pm

Such a good post! Miss Kyrie wasn’t adopted for over a year when she was with the Foster Family she had. The foster mom told me ‘oh she never plays with anything! She just lays around’ turns out? It’s because the foster mom only kept her in ONE room. Miss Kyrie loves playing with ALL the toys!
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meowmeowmans September 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm

Your poem is beautiful. And we are so glad Cooper Murphy and Sawyer found the perfect forever home with you. Thank you for helping everyone see the light about shelter animals and adoption. XO


mommakatandherbearcat September 24, 2020 at 6:56 pm

We’re so glad Cooper Murphy and Sawyer found their ways to you!
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The Island Cats September 24, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Cooper Murphy and Sawyer were lucky to have found such a great home. We purr the same for all shelter and rescue animals.
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Ellen Pilch September 24, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful poem. Thanks for helping to spread the word of rescuing shelter cats. XO
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Brian Frum September 24, 2020 at 10:47 am

Such a sweet post and a super poem and purrfect thankful. Adoptions are just the best and here’s to many, many more…and then some! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
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The Florida Furkids September 24, 2020 at 9:42 am

Beautiful post. Mom got all leaky eyed when she went to Angels Mau and Allie’s candle.

We’re so glad Cooper Murphy and Sawyer found their way to you. Especially Sawyer because he was VERY lucky to become a Kitties Blue.

The Florida Furkids with paw pats and headbonks to Sawyer from Noelle
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Eastside Cats September 24, 2020 at 8:38 am

We are very glad that you adopted Cooper Murphy and Sawyer; we love to read your posts about them, and the rest of your cat crew!
Adopt, don’t shop…rescued is our favorite breed.
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Linda Arthur Tejera September 24, 2020 at 7:20 am

I have shared the information on Facebook of Remember Me Thursday. All of our furbabies were taken off the street. Our Nicky would never have survived as we nearly lost him to diabetes before it was diagnosed. I doubt he would have made it in a shelter. He was found in 2007, diagnosed in 2009, and is still going happy and strong! I call him my poor little pin cushion as he has always gotten his insulin injection two times a day. He’s a trooper! As are all six of our remaining rescues! <3
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Teddy and Mom September 24, 2020 at 5:53 am

We have our battery operated candle in our window this morning in honor of this day. We are always sad for those who haven’t been fortunate enough to find their FOREVER and wind up homeless or worse. It’s heartbreaking to think about. I will always be glad that someone took me to a shelter and Mom and Dad found me and gave me the best life I could have. Our hearts go out to all who didn’t have that chance.

Hugs, Teddy and Mom
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Summer September 24, 2020 at 2:34 am

This is just such an important day to remind people about shelter animals.
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