Lighting Candles for Homeless Pets

Remember Me Thursday’s second annual Candle-Lighting Campaign is coming up on September 25, 2014.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: August 25, 2014, 12 p.m. PST

When I was in Greece, I saw a homeless dog who was limping. A local informed me that someone had shot him and no one would take him to the vet. In that town, the belief was that if the animal was not useful (i.e. a work animal), it was unnecessary and unwanted. [*I should note this is not true of all of Greece; just this particular town.] The non-native Greek locals would feed him, but he did not have the benefit of a forever home. I don’t even think he had a name. I hope that one of the town residents took him in, but I fear he, like so many other orphaned dogs around the world, will die alone.



A candle needs to be lit for him. Candles need to be lit for all of them.

On September 25, 2014, Remember Me Thursday is holding its 2nd Annual Candle-Lighting Campaign to honor the millions (approximately 3.4 million in the United States alone) of orphaned dogs and cats who passed away without experiencing the love and comfort of a forever home.

And this year it’s going global.

Helen Woodward Animal Center, Blue Buffalo, Embrace Pet Insurance and numerous animal welfare organizations and animal lovers are joining forces to make this year’s candle-lighting ceremony a success. Last year, on the fourth Thursday in September, Remember Me Thursday’s first Candle-Lighting Campaign was held.

The campaign was started by Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center and creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays and the International Pet Adoptathon. His request to honor homeless pets was accepted by 139 countries and over 100,000 individuals. They spread the word through social media, and by lighting almost 5,000 virtual candles. Celebrities showed their support through posts on social media and retweets.

This year the hope is for greater support.

"Only 30% of pets in US homes come from rescue facilities,” Arms said, according to the Remember Me Thursday press release. "Lighting a candle this September 25th will bring awareness to these wonderful orphan pets and can help in increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.”

Candles will be lit around the world for these pets – the millions of healthy dogs and cats who need and want to love and be loved. On September 25, 2014, I will light a candle for them. Will you light a candle for them too?

Post a photo of your lit candle on our Facebook page, with the hashtag #LightForPets. Visit the Remember Me Thursday website for more ways to spread the word.

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