Remember Me Thursday 2023: Today, on Remember Me Thursday, which occurs on the fourth Thursday of every September, we are raising awareness for abandoned and sheltered animals. This year, it is on September 28, and the purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the significance of pet adoption and bring attention to all orphaned animals in shelters and rescues. Since its inception in 2012, Remember Me Thursday has generated more than one billion social media impressions and has saved countless animal lives.
Thursday’s REMEMBER ME HISTORY
All pets, including strays and orphans, deserve to be cherished, cared for, and appreciated in loving homes. Adopting a companion can be a life-altering decision for both the animal and the adopting family. Over one million pets are euthanized annually, and while this number has decreased steadily over the past decade, there is still a great deal of work to be done to raise awareness. Remember Me Thursday was designed specifically for this purpose.
Mike Arms, the CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center, a non-profit organization in San Diego County that has been assisting animals find new homes for over four decades, founded the movement in 2012. It was founded in 1972 and offers educational and therapeutic programs for humans, as well as humane care and adoption for stray animals.
Since the organization’s inception of the movement, the popularity of animal adoption has consistently increased. During the previous six years of the campaign, over 190 countries supported the movement, with hundreds of thousands of individuals and over 700 distinct animal welfare organizations holding their own candle-lighting ceremonies, spreading the word on social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website, or lighting a virtual candle. In fact, by 2017, over 330 million people participated in the animal adoption awareness campaign, making it a global event.
Even some of your beloved celebrities want to get involved, with Diane Keaton, George Lopez, Katherine Heigl, and many others using social media to spread the word and save abandoned animals. Remember Me Thursday is observed annually on the fourth Thursday of September, which is September 23 this year, and aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the globe to be an unstoppable, unified voice for orphan pets in need of permanent homes.
FAQs for REMEMBER ME THURSDAY
What is Don’t Forget Thursday?
Remember Me Thursday is a global campaign that aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations in order to be an unstoppable, unified voice for orphaned canines in need of permanent homes.
Is adopting a companion cheaper than buying one?
Adopting a companion from an animal shelter is significantly cheaper than purchasing one from a pet store or other source. A companion can cost anywhere from $500 to $1000 or more; adoption fees range from $50 to $200.
What does it mean to euthanize?
To kill an animal in a humane manner due to its advanced age, illness, or lack of caretaker.
HOW TO REMEMBER ME ON THURSDAY
Serve at an animal shelter
If you are unwilling to bring a new companion into your home, you can also volunteer at your local animal shelter. By feeding them, petting them, strolling them, or simply spending time with them, you can bring these abandoned animals happiness and show them that they are valued. Contact a shelter today to determine your placement.
Share the news
Individuals, personalities, and organizations are largely responsible for this movement’s rapid growth through their social media campaigns. Spread awareness about sanctuary and rescue animals, as well as the adoption processes that alter their lives permanently, immediately. Use the hashtag #RememberMeThursday to generate conversation.
Enter the Remember The Rescue Pet Photographic Contest
Are you a pet adopter already? Use this contest to win incredible reward packages for the animal rescue of your choice. The Remember Me Thursday campaign is giving away thousands of dollars in food and cash prizes, and you can enter your cherished rescue companion in 2021’s companion Photo Contest beginning on August 20 by taking a photo of them.
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