When my human goes to a pet store to buy our food, she cannot help but check on the kitties waiting for their forever humans to come adopt them. It breaks her heart to sometimes see the same kitties grow old in these cages, going from playful kittens to resigned “teenage” cats, to sad adult cats. She would adopt them all if she could, I bet, but besides not having the financial means to do so, she also cares about our well-being. I demand a lot of attention from my human. Yes, I love Kitshka and I enjoy having her to play with, but I need my time alone with my human and she knows that I’d rather have her for myself.
In the meantime, she knows that some people who can afford to adopt a cat, and express the desire to do so, sometimes do not do so for the silliest reasons: how many times has she heard someone tell her that they would love to adopt a kitty, but they abhor the idea of having to clean the litter box every day. Huh?
Sometimes, people just wait because, well, because there are other things happening in their lives, and they think a kitty will be an impediment in their busy life.
Many of these people are good people who would benefit from a cat-human relationship and give much in return to the kitty. But those who have never been owned by a cat do not know the benefit a human and a kitty will get from each other in terms of love, happiness, fun, and so much more.
In addition, they do not gravitate in kitty universe like we cat bloggers do. They don’t go to the pet store every other week, and see the same kitties going from a feeling of “life as fun,” to a feeling of “life in a cage, why?” They do not necessarily know that if some cats do not get adopted, they are killed in some shelters. My human was shocked as a kid when she learned that. Most don’t know. They don’t know about cat overpopulation and shelter overpopulation either.
Why am I telling you all this, on a bloggie that is usually more about my cuteness and fun?
I was contacted on Twitter by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to know whether I could help share the meow about an event that will take place next Thursday, September 26. I had not heard of this event, so I thank them for pointing that out.
What is “Remember Me Thursday – Light a Candle for a Pet”? From the website for the event:
“Animal lovers and organizations across the globe unite on the fourth Thursday of September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light on the millions of orphan pets still waiting for their forever homes.”
“Millions of shelter pets lose their lives each and every year. Join the awareness campaign – be a light for pets by promoting awareness about pet adoption. By remembering those we have lost, we can shine a light on the ones we can save.”
[Click here to see the video on YouTube]
From their press release:
Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations globally in a Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Word of the awareness campaign has spread in the form of celebrity social media posts and rescue facilities from New York City to Puerto Rico to Japan have joined the cause.
You can learn more by following both links above.
No, lighting a candle on one night will not give a home to all the animals who are waiting to be adopted. But it raises awareness, and if the word is shared around the word, and candles lighted, chances are that some people will see the message, ask about the candles, and maybe – hopefully – decide to and do adopt an animal.
That is why I decided to share this event with you ahead of time. This is next Thursday.
I have focused this post on kitties because, obviously, this is a cat blog. But there are many different animals waiting to be adopted, which this event will honor.
I am glad we don’t have petstores who actually sells pups or kitties. I would probably take them all home. But I believe it’s illegal here to sell them that way, so only through shelters.
And that is a great campaign! I have saved the websites, so I can look a bit more into it. :)
Here the pet stores like Petsmart or Petco have kitties from shelters waiting to be adopted.
sincerely, thank you.
Hi Texas…..thanks for the info on Remember Me Thursday. We’ll happily post about that this coming week. My Mom has a very hard time visiting pet stores too because of the kitties in cages and it makes her so sad she can’t give a happy home to them all. We wish every animal in search of a home would find it. We’ve been lucky haven’t we Texas? I know we both wish every animal was.
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
We will light a candle and we do spread the word all the time…my heart breaks for all these animals..i fostered kitties for a shelter for many many years ..a great no kill shelter here but nonetheless seeing the same animals day in day out waiting …so unnecessary!! thanks for the post Texas let’s all think of these sweet ones :) Fozziemum xx
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This is definitely going to increase awareness. Hope the cats there will be adopted soon.
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Whee are going to check out those sites right now ^_^
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Thank you for blogging about next Thursday. We truly hope it will raise the necessary awareness.
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Good on all of you trying to raise awareness. Bravo all and well done and good luck. Have a serene Sunday.
Best wishes Molly
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Great job Texas!keep spreading the word,xx Speedy
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this is a great event Texas we have shared it google+ ,xx Speedy
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The last time I went to the shelter to donate towels and linens, I came home with a one-eyed cat that I was afraid no one would adopt. Best thing that happened to our house (and we already had 3 cats!). Everyone gets along and Morgan brought a new level of energy to the older cats that they appreciate (mostly).
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We hadn’t heard about this before. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. We’ll be sure to share this, especially on Thursday through our head peep’s Twitter, which reaches a lot further outside the blogosphere.
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Thanks, Texas! Shared on FB and Twitter. A lovely post. – Crepes.
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Just tweeted! Hoping a lot of kitties are adopted!
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We support this campaign and the Mayor’s Alliance so count us in :-)
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Speedy Rabbit let me know about this event and your site.
Dogs and their people want to participate along with the Cats. Thank you for bringing this even to my attention.
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I’m glad Speedy helped spread the meow, er, word, and thank you for checking this post!
If you go to the event’s webpage, you can find badges with dogs too =^.^=
It breaks my heart we can not afford to adopt more them 3 animals !!
We’ll tweet this right now. Thank you for sharing about this, Texas!
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This is such an awesome event! I hope it helps more humans decide to adopt.
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Thanks for sharing this! I will share the info on my own blog as well. Two of my cats were those ones who were kittens…then teenagers…and then I had to take them home. I was volunteering for the rescue and couldn’t bear to see them in their cages any more!
Mes 2 petites fées à moustaches sont des rescapées de la cruauté humaine et je suis bénévole dans une association de protection animale . je suis émue par cette initiative que je vais partager sur FB . Et j’allumerai une bougie jeudi .
kiss Kiss Texas et Kitchka.
Thank you for telling us about this. It made us aware so you are accomplishing what you wanted to do we will light a candle.
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J’aimerais tant avoir des sous, tiens … gagner au loto, pour pouvoir donner de l’argent aux associations, pour avoir une maison à moi et adopter des chats.
Mais bon … c’est bien de rêver, mais ce n’est pas très constructif, alors je donne de la nourriture au refuge chats pas loin de chez moi et j’offre le couvert et un abris aux chats de passage.
J’avoue, j’ai une Abyssine, mais un jour j’ai acheté une petite jument pour la sauver d’un triste sort !
J’espère que cette initiative permettra à de pauvres chats sans famille d’être adoptés. Je ne conçois pas la vie sans chats ! Ils sont la lumière nécessaire à un foyer.
Des caresses Texas, pour tes 2 congénères aussi.
Nat à Chat
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super event and paws crossed lots of kitties get the homes they deserve XX00XX
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We will give time and space to getting the word out
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Thank you for sharing this. Mom says she hadn’t heard about it. The number of animas being euthanized is staggering. She is like you and wants to adopt every homeless kitty she sees. With eight of us that isn’t possible. We need more people to adopt, but we need more people to spay and neuter as well. The humans will be out of the country and probably won’t have a candle with them, but surely will plan to light a virtual one. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
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What a great idea. Honestly, we feel so bad for the shelter kitties and purr that they all find homes.
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Hmmm, we live here and didn’t know but we’ve started spreading the word.
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Just wanted to say ConCATS on the 400th post mate,
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Thanks for the info on Remember Me Thursday !
I will get my mom-person to help me do a post about this !
Well done for raising awareness of this. It breaks my heart, too.
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Thank you for sharing about Remember Me Thursday! We appreciate it very much!
We think this is a pawsome event AND a wonderful remembrance day. So many animals never know the happiness of being loved and feeling safe in a home…..it makes me sad AND reminds me how lucky I am.
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
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