by Janet Blue on September 26, 2019

Uniting the World for Orphan Pets

We are joining Remember Me Thursday® 2019 and have lit a candle at 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.

Charles Huss November 7, 2019 at 5:16 am

That is a beautiful poem, Sawyer.
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Lola The Rescued Cat September 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

Sawyer, your poem is just lovely and we’re so glad you’re such a lucky cat. Thanks for joining our blog hop and shining a light on pet adoption. You guys are pawesome.
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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs September 27, 2019 at 12:25 am

Oh, Sawyer, your poem is furtastic and all the sentiments you mewed were like a mini autobigraphy.
May all kitties in need of homes find one as wonderful as yours:)
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Andrea September 26, 2019 at 9:33 pm

This is such an important day. I am awed by the participation of so many around the world.
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Cathy Keisha September 26, 2019 at 8:51 pm

As a former shelter cat, Remember Me Thursday is the most important day on the blogging calendar. I may have to light another candle now.
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The Island Cats September 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm

What an important message to get out there. Sawyer, we love your poem…and are happy that you have such a good home and are being well taken care of.
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Catscue Catmom September 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Beautiful poem, what a wonderful family you have – I hope all the shelter pets get adopted into such a loving home as yours sweet Sawyer.
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Memories of Eric and Flynn September 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

That is a lovely poem, Sawyer. I wish all animals could have a forever home.
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Stephanie B September 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

That was an awesome poem Sawyer! It says everything ❤😻

Brian Frum September 26, 2019 at 11:46 am

Such a sweet, sweet post and a wonderful poem dear Sawyer, we love ya pal. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
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Sandee September 26, 2019 at 11:16 am

You’re so smart, Sawyer. You know I love you and if you doubt that just ask your mom.

Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday, Sawyer. My best to all your siblings and your peeps. Hug to your mom. ♥
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Eastside Cats September 26, 2019 at 11:00 am

What a delightful poem, Sawyer! We all are hoping that your seizures just disappear one day, but if they don’t, your humans will care for you in every way.
Spay and neuter and rescue!
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Timmy Tomcat September 26, 2019 at 10:35 am

We love you kitties blue all and thanks so much for the poem Sawyer and Cooper for those fine candles. We are 4 rescues and 2 shelter cats and do wish all those in need had homes. Thanks for being a part of #RememberMeThursday
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The Florida Furkids September 26, 2019 at 8:39 am

Dear Sawyer,

I loved your poem! Raz and I are lucky to be rescued and have good homes too. I think we all hit the jackpot with our families.

Paw Pats and Headbonks,

ps – Allie sends smoochies and love to Mau
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Teddy September 26, 2019 at 5:15 am

Sawyer that’s a wonderful poem about how you came to find and enjoy your wonderful forever home. You know we are hoping that you have LOTS and LOTS of years ahead of you in the Blue household with your family. We love you and all of your fellow Kitties Blue as well as your parents and always will.

Hugs, Teddy
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Harvey Button September 26, 2019 at 5:01 am

A fine poem young Sawyer well done indeed.

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