Why do I blog?
That is a question many writers and bloggers are asked. For
me, I write to help educate others on the breed of the Siberian Husky, to bring awareness to dogs with Canine Epilepsy, to encourage adopting a Siberian Husky or Siberian Husky/mix from a shelter or rescue, and to share the pure enjoyment of having a dog (or five in my case) as part of the family! I write...to save lives...of Huskies in shelters who are passed by because of misinformation on the breed, have epilepsy or a seizure disorder, or are of senior age. By the power of the mighty pen, we can share important and accurate information so folks interested in adding a new furry best friend to their family can obtain the information they need in order to adopt and give the dog the best and proper care they can with all the resources needed at their fingertips.
What is the #RememberMeThursday® Awareness Movement All About?
According to RememberMeThursday.org, which falls this year on Thursday September 27th, "is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them." And, on this date, "the entire world will share the importance of pet adoption, and shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues. In 2017, people using #RememberMeThursday reached nearly 330 million people on social media." So far, there are 180 countries participating in #RememberMeThursday and supporting adoption of orphan pets! Together, we can reach even more people!
#RememberMeThursday was created by Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. He also created the International Pet Adoptathon and the Home 4 The Holidays program which, according to RememberMeThursday.org is " in partnership with international animal organizations, has placed over 13 million pets in homes since 1999."
And why did Arms create #RememberMeThursday? “My heart breaks for those beautiful people working in animal welfare who are forced to take the lives of the pets they love," he states. "I believe lighting a candle for the orphan pets will be a way for people to let the world know how much they love them, and the awareness can help in increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.”
According to 2013 figures from the Humane Society of the United States, “Only 30% of pets in US households come from rescue facilities.” And, a much sadder statistic is, “Of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year, approximately 2.4 million (80%) are healthy and treatable and could have been adopted into new homes.”
Staggerings percentages! If we can all participate and share #RememberMeThursday on social media, maybe we can double the 330 million people we reach so we can save that many more pet lives.
Update: Dexter Has Been Adopted!!!