This is a revised post of a lost post and re-published.
We support Remember Me Thursday® #Lightforpets, a global awareness campaign to remember all shelter pets.
This year more than ever, we support Remember Me Thursday™ #Lightforpets, a global awareness campaign celebrated on the fourth Thursday of September to remember all shelter and homeless pets who died before finding a home. Mike Arms, President of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, created Remember Me Thursday. Millions of orphan pets die yearly mostly from euthansia. Many are healthy, wonderful cat and dogs and some never knew any home before they died. Each one deserves to be honored and remembered so their lives were not in vain.
By lighting a candle on Thursday, September 25, 2014, we honor those lost pets and bring awareness to the pets in need of forever homes.
Adopt or foster a shelter pet. This week is Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week. Old, blind, FIV+, black, one-eyed or just different means those pets are less likely to be adopted. I’d like to add: cats from hoarding situations. There is a prejudice that is unwarranted.
We’re dedicating this day and candles to two gray boys: Our Angel cat Gris Gris and Angel Gray Boy. One found a home late in his life and the other never knew a real home. Gris Gris lived 10 years as a basement mouser, one year at a shelter and three happy years in our home before dying at age 15 in December, 2013. Gray Boy, 8, lived an unknown time caged in a horrific hoarding situation before being rescued In May, 2014 by the New Rochelle Humane Society. He lived in a cage in small, windowless room at the shelter and died before an opportunity to be adopted. He remains the inspiration and muse for our shelter volunteer adoption feature. I intended for him to come home with me when his health improved, but it never did. He had cancer. I regret not bringing him home to enjoy even a few days of sunshine and freedom like our beloved Radish.
Most recently, B.W. died, thankfully in a loving foster home.
We’re also pausing to remember the dozen or so other shelter cats I got to know in the past year who were euthanized because of illness. There was an contagion outbreak recently (resolved) and prior to that a new policy whereby only staff are allowed in the back rooms where I used to work. So that means less socialization, no Reiki, and little to no time out of cages for the cats. I’ll comment on that in another post. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go to the shelter and uncertain whether to continue our shelter cat feature. If you have suggestions, let me know.
Shelters are stop gap refuge but it breaks my heart to see cats grow up or grow old in a shelter setting.
Let’s shine the light of awareness to adopt shelter pets and not buy one from a pet shop. Please share this post and spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Remember to use the hashtag #LIGHTFORPETS on Twitter or Facebook to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption and responsible pet ownership. One candle can light a thousand more. Be the light.