Today is Remember Me Thursday, a day to focus on all the animals in shelters and rescues who are waiting for their forever homes. It’s also a day to remember all the animals who didn’t make it out of kill shelters, never getting the chance to find a family to love them.
All five of the cats living in my house are rescues. The three permanent residents – Aine, Emmett, and Seamus – were adopted from the Charles County Humane Society a little more than a year ago. Emmett and Aine were born outdoors and socialized and cared for in a foster home. We know less about Seamus’ history, but we do know that he had been adopted out once and returned because of sneezing.
Our foster cats Dickens and Poe are waiting for their forever home through Rescue Angels of Southern Maryland. We’ve helped to socialize these two, and during their time in our home, I think they’ve learned that humans can be trusted and that other cats are pretty cool, too.
But all of the cats that have crossed my path haven’t been so lucky. Mama Spots and Sneaky, two of the cats who lived in my backyard last fall, never made it out of the shelter. They were killed for being feral. The system is not set up to handle feral cats well, and I didn’t understand the system before surrendering them.
And then there’s Bluestar, one of the kitties who currently comes to my yard for meals. I’m going to trap her (him?) in the coming weeks, and if an indoor home isn’t an option, we will find a barn or feral colony for her to join.
So look for the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #RememberTheRescue on Twitter and Instagram over the next several days. Maybe you’ll find a new four-legged friend to love! (And, when you share your rescued pet using those hashtags on Twitter and Instagram now through Sept. 30, you could win money for your favorite rescue.)