Did you know that just a third of pets in the United States come from rescue organizations and shelters?
And that nearly 3 million animals in shelters die every year waiting for a forever home?
I learned those stats on the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Remember Me Thursday website, and they really gave me pause. I knew from my rescue volunteering that millions of animals die each year waiting to be adopted. But I am absolutely shocked that only 30 percent of pets are rescues.
The purpose of Remember Me Thursday, which will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 28, is to bring attention to the millions of animals that are currently in shelters or under the care of rescue organizations. They’re waiting for their forever homes, and they need our help to tell the world about them.
Remember Me Thursday was created by Helen Woodward Animal Center CEO Mike Arms five years ago. Since then, famous faces, well-known animals, and blogs like ours have joined together to spread the word about pet adoption. And guess what? You can get involved, too!
Here are a few things you can do:
- Post about Remember Me Thursday and animal rescue on your social media accounts on Sept. 28. Use the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #RememberTheRescue.
- Enter the Remember the Rescue Contest! Share your rescue pets’ pictures using the hashtags, and a rescue organization of your choice could win food and money! Enter the contest here.
- Light a candle (real or virtual) in honor of the pets who have lost their lives and for those who are looking for homes. Post it to your social media!
- Adopt! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
We’re excited to post all about rescue pets next Thursday. We’ll tell Aine, Emmett, and Seamus’ adoption story and share pictures of animals available for adoption here in Southern Maryland on our Facebook page and Instagram. (Follow us!) We even got this cool kit so we can represent Remember Me Thursday while we’re out and about.
We hope you’ll join us and share your pet adoption stories, too!