Remember Me Thursday® is the moment where the world shines a light on all orphan pets in shelters and raises awareness of the life-saving significance of pet adoption. It is also a time to light a candle to remember our own shelter rescues that have found forever homes and celebrate the joy they have brought to our lives.
For Nancy Heigl, co-founder of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, one such dog was Pico My Guyo, a rescue from the Los Angeles shelter system that enriched her life beyond measure. Sadly he recently passed away from cancer, but she describes him as the “the most noble, kind, inclusive, loyal spirit I have ever known” and added that her “home and heart will never be the same without him.”
Just 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities, yet each year over 2.7 million healthy, adoptable, shelter animals lose their lives without ever finding a home. Orphan pets should live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.
On Thursday, September 24th, 2020 , you can be a catalyst for change by getting everyone you know on social media to discuss pet adoption and share the Remember Me Thursday® message, so that others can appreciate the joy of owning a rescue dog like Pico My Guyo.
In the previous five years of the campaign, 180 countries have supported the movement with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare groups around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a candle during the Dorchester Paws vigil.
In honor of Remember Me Thursday, Dorchester Paws is hosting a ceremony on Thursday September 24th at Azalea Park.
We’re inviting our community to join us on a walk through the park (dogs invited) that is illuminated by lanterns in honor of the dogs, cats and other pets that lose their lives waiting for their forever homes and the family pets that we lose too soon.
Click here to make a donation in honor of an animal that has made a difference in your life and receive a lantern in the park in their honor.
At 6:30, we’ll begin walking with a speech from Dorchester Paws Interim Executive Director and celebrating the lives of our pets through lanterns lighting our way through a park.
We’ll have a memorial presentation on our Facebook and if you’d like to have your pet featured, please email email@example.com.
Celebrities have also used social media to share the adoption message and save orphan pets. In 2014, Katherine Heigl was the official spokesperson for Remember Me Thursday®. Visit her luminary page here.
#RememberTheRescue on #RememberMeThursday by tweeting, tagging, posting or sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption on social media.
Show your support for Remember Me Thursday® and make a difference today!