Our #RememberMeThursday 2018 movie is becoming an annual event and we hope you will agree that this year’s video is better than ever.
We also hope our video will become part of the worldwide wave of support spotlighting shelter pets for #RememberMeThursday 2018 and are thankful to the Helen Woodward Animal Center for the opportunity to help.
We join with Brian and family and animal rescue workers worldwide to spread the word about how thankful we are for shelter pet adoption and how important it is. On Thursday use the hashtags #RememberMeThursday or #RememberThe Rescue and be part of the solution.
“Remember Me Thursday® is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.” RMT
Educating People About Shelter Pets
Did you know that only 30% of pets that are adopted are shelter pets. Maybe, like me, you read that and thought really? I had to stop and think why, and then wonder how to help. Here are some ideas.
As a cat lover you can spread the word is small and simple ways.
- Be a positive and friendly cat advocate at every opportunity.
- Speak up when people talk negatively about cats. Respectfully speak out and defend those who do not have a voice – our cats.
- Maybe a family wanting a cat doesn’t not know they have local shelters to visit. Tell them where the shelters and rescues are. Have transport? Offer them a car ride to get there.
- Someone may needs a heads up about an Adoptapalooza nearby – tell them where it is. Give them a location on Google or Apple Maps.
- A local rescue has shelter cats at a Mall fundraiser and friends are looking for a pet. Tell them about it.
The hard truth is there are a lot of kill shelters in the USA and getting people to visit and adopt is only half the battle. The other half is encouraging responsible pet ownership.
Education on #RememberMeThursday 2018
Telling people what responsible cat ownership means you. As a fellow cat owner you have an opportunity to reduce the number of cats in shelters in your own quiet way. Maybe as a blogger who tells a rescue story, a person who writes. Maybe as the cat owning friend who leads the way with positive care and encouragement.
This education is critical
You can reduce the number of cat who will die in the shelter environment. You can do this daily, weekly, monthly. You can do it by teaching people about shelter pets and responsible spay and neuter.
People often take their cats to a local shelter believing their cats will find a home. They take along their pets most loved belongings to a shelter – but this rarely happens. You can help by speaking up and speaking out. It is not hard. Take a look at the shelter cats and kittens you see on social media. There is your courage.
- Encourage people to spay and neuter their pets. Help them to find a low cost local neutering opportunity. No cat ‘needs’ to have a litter.
- If people are considering surrendering their cat to a shelter, try to help them find it another home.
- If you can, tell people that few shelter cats get adopted. This might be a hard truth but a cat’s toys and treats do not stay with them at many shelters.
- If the cat is a black one – move mountains, move Heaven and earth if you are able, to help the cat find a home before a family leaves the area. Black cats are the victims of hundreds of years of arrogant faith based superstition, and in spite of wonderful work by many animal rescue workers, Black Cat Rescue, and Layla Morgan Wilde’s superb book ‘Black Cats Tell All‘, this ignorance is proving hard to eradicate.
Other Ways to Help #RememberMeThursday 2018
If you are able, sponsor a rescue cat while it is in a shelter. many shelters have sponsorship schemes. This brings in money, and you get updates and visits if the shelter is local.
Share Tweets or Facebook posts of one rescue you know and respect. Their social media workers are volunteers and every share might be the one to reach the home a cat needs.
Volunteer to help at a shelter. You can be an animal advocate in countless ways including social media work, helping at adoptathons, or cleaning litter trays. (Well someone has to and the cats will love you for it).
Finally, taking inspiration from T S Elliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats‘ Someone asked me once, why shelter cats are given names……..
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
Cats in shelters may only have one name but essential to their souls and their bodies. That name counts. Here’s why.
The Naming of Shelter Cats
There is a reason why cats on Death Row in New York City have names. The cats you will see on #RememberMeThursday 2018 and every day of the week on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Why the cats you see flow by in countless appeals from small shelters all over the world have real, given names.
- We name the things we love.
- To remove a name is to remove that love.
- If you cannot name something you cannot love it.
- Without that love an animal has no hope.
- This is why cats have names not numbers
So step out into the world cat lovers.
Speak out on behalf of the cats who do not have a voice. The cats frightened, dumped, abandoned and alone.
Speak up for the voiceless felines whose only hope is us and our defence of them.
#RememberMeThursday is not just a day. It is a way of life. It is our advocacy and our defence of cats and we join the #RememberMeThursday blog hop to honour orphan shelter pets. Will you speak up for a cat, save a life, pledge a handful of change today? What will YOU do to #RememberThe Rescues of the world?
Marjorie and Harvey