Today is #RememberMeThursday, the day we need to be talking about pets in shelters. You, me, all of us – so says the Helen Woodward Animal Centre.
We need to get #RememberMeThursday trending so we can mend what is broken – the callous disregard by some human beings of the lives of so many animals. Celebrity animals and human supporters in the USA are getting behind #RememberMeThursday.
We want to be positive, and encourage adoption and shares for animals in need. Why? Here’s a couple of deeply frightening statistics :-
- ONLY 30% of pets in America are adopted from from shelters
- 3.4 MILLION pets die in shelters each year – that’s 9,315 every day!!
#RememberMeThursday How can you help?
OK, let’s take a breath here. What can we, as readers, bloggers and shelter volunteers do to help these animals. Cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, rats, or whatever they may be?
Animal action we can all take.
TODAY – take the #RememberTheRescue challenge. Add the hashtag plus #RememberMeThursday on Twitter to be in to win OR add your rescue to the Wall here. Win for your rescue (USA only). TODAY Scroll down past the first article to fabulous pre-made images to share. Super easy – right click and either download or share!
- Support your local rescue. This may mean donating time, a few $ or £, buying some cat food when you are at the supermarket, shaking a tin on collecting day (real or virtual) or volunteering to keep cat runs or bowl bowls clean. KEEP IT LOCAL
- Support rescues around the world by bidding in fundraising auctions and buying raffle tickets. These events are often on Facebook, via rescue email newsletter or on Twitter. Share them and TAKE IT WORLDWIDE
- Share animals in need on Facebook and Twitter from your local rescues and those who are connected with via social media. This raises the profile of single animals, and rescues.
- If you have a few $$ ££ then pledge to help a single animal. We helped Nelly Lou a frail and impossibly thin senior who was pulled from a rescue. She looked a hopeless case but she wasn’t. Check the update here – she looks terrific now!
- Bonus TIP: Sharing is free. If you are short on ‘green papers’ then a share of a New York ACC cat, or a local kill shelter’s most desperate cats in need – is worth its weight in pure gold.
- Bonus TIP 2: If you can help a rescue by chasing up pledges on Facebook – volunteer.
“Millions of beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2016,” states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Centre.
“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.”
#RememberMeThursday – Nemo our Fospice Shelter Cat
All of us at Dash Kitten are former shelter pets. Even if Mum wanted to adopt a pedigree she knows there are many rescues for specific breeds. Why? Because people may not have enough experience to deal with a special breed like a Sphinx, or that chatterbox beauty the Siamese. Yes, some cats, and dogs, do need more skill than others – it’s true.
Nemo was all set to spend his last days in a dark shelter room until fate took a hand and Mum discovered him hunched forlornly in a cat carrier while his run was cleaned. She brought him home, and, for the weeks he was here Nemo was family, he was loved, cared for and was one of US. Mum still misses his sweet face and brave cattitude. You can find out more about wonderful Nemo here.
My name is Harvey Button, I am a senior adoptee from Upper Hutt Animal Rescue (UHARS on FB) here in the Hutt Vally, New Zealand. In fact, most of us are from local rescue UHARS (FB link). We have welcomed seniors and fospice cats into our home. Please, join us on #RememberMeThursday to the animals for whom hope ran out – let’s make this a thing of the past. Honouring them with a Pepi Smart Dog Thankful Thursday is our final act for today.
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Adopted Shelter Pet
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