Their souls slip away like mercury through our fingers. Day after day, worldwide, due to human negligence, ignorance and heartless cruelty. Their shadows walk slowly across our vision and into the great beyond, never to be loved, never to see seen again.
These wisps of memory are the cats of #RememberMeThursday 2017, the ones who didn’t make it. The abandoned and bewildered seniors, the imperfect, the ‘not wanted’s, and the family discards. The cats whose treatment makes a real pet lover’s blood boil in fury. So, let’s get something absolutely straight……..
This is Wrong.
We can ALL Act to Stop This
As we look at our own fur families around us, we can get a touch of the warm fuzzies. We value our pets and our gratitude knows few boundaries, but, there is something important we need to remember. Our adopted families are the lucky ones.
In America alone, 2.7 million shelter pets are not so fortunate. They die. Our maths isn’t so hot but that means about 308 every hour of the day and night each year.
Is Anyone Doing ANYthing for Shelter Pets?
People adopting cats from shelters, and foster networks, are playing a big part in removing the need for #RememberMeThursday. BUT we need to see more shelter pets adopted into homes every single day.
The Helen Woodward Animal Centre believes we should and can take action. Please remind your friends when they are next looking for a cat, kitten or puppy, that a shelter pet is the best option. We are proud to help Place for Cats a foster network in New York and we know that their space on USA adoption network PetFinder is a vital part of their introduction and adoption process, as well as their new web presence.
The Hidden Side of #RememberMeThursday 2017
Did you know there are also people for whom #RememberMeThursday is happening every single day? In places like New York’s infamous Animal Control, Miami-Dade’s death row, and in hundreds of ‘shelters’ across the world; dozens and dozens of cats and dogs are shared in an online space that might save their lives. The social media spotlight.
Countless volunteers work like demons to share a day’s intake on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. They fight to save pet lives by finding temporary fosters, pledges of funding, and rescues to pull pets to safety. So, the next time a cat appears in your timeline with ‘no time left’, or in ‘desperate need’. Don’t roll your eyes and say ‘poor thing’, SHARE a few! Your share can save a life. A share means hope, and a share gives hope.
- Volunteers are at the sharp and bloody end of the fight for shelter pet survival. Sharing ceaselessly, urging followers and friends to pledge so another cat escapes the needle or the gas chamber.
But….. Maybe You Would Love a Pedigree
If you have set your heart on a specific breed? There are pedigree rescues all over the world. Here are a few examples, love a Siamese? Try here: the USA, or UK; Adore a Maine Coon? Try here: USA, or UK. Contact a rescue, or do an online search.
Many rescues have either got a website or a presence on Twitter and Facebook. Go and find them. Most are happy to help, they will have requirements (home visit, costs inc. vetting and transport costs) they can send to keen rescue pet adopters. Check your local shelter or rescue they might have the cat of your dreams, all you need to do is get in touch.
OK, How Can We ALL Help?
There are plenty of ways for us all to pitch in and put things right. Little things, big things, LOTS of things. Here are a few:
- THINK ‘SHELTER PET’ FIRST. Adopt don’t shop. If you need proof, look at some happy endings!
- Educate your friends about neutering and spaying. Many organisations offer reduced or free spay/neuter facilities.
- A family may love its pet but find spay surgery very expensive. Sponsor a spay or neuter! WIN
- This means there will be fewer pressures on those focusing on Trap Neuter Return of community cats. WIN
- Remember that a pet is for life, not just until you need to move and it’s inconvenient. If that’s your idea of what a pet is – buy a stuffy. LOSER!
- Don’t say ‘what can the cat do for me?’. Ask ‘What can I do for the cat?’ Adopt a Cerebellar Hypoplasia aka ‘wobbly’ cat-like Sophie, a blind cat like the famous and fearless Homer, or a tripod kitty.
Here in New Zealand, we do not have kill shelters and for that we at the Dash Kitten Crew are thankful. Cats have their problems, and their enemies, but kill shelters are not on the agenda. So we join Brian and his family being part of Thankful Thursday. We would like to finish on a really positive note. Our local rescue is Upper Hutt Animal Rescue Society and Mum shot this movie there in Summer 2016. It gives you an insight into a small rescue that loves its cats, and rabbits, and is learning about feral cats too. We are supporting our new cat adoption cafe with its funding Kickstarter – what will YOU be doing to help on #RememberMeThursday?
Marjorie Dawson (Whskr)
Movie Maker, Picture Taker & Cat Lover
Marjorie is an established blogger who is an award winner at the Cat Writers Association, and a finalist in writing and video categories of the BlogPaws® Nose to Nose Awards. She is based in New Zealand and reaches worldwide.