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Remember Me Thursday


  • the fourth Thursday in September (since 2013)


Founded by


  • Awareness & Advocacy

  • Pets & Animals



Pets lovers from around the world come together on Remember Me Thursday to shine a light on all orphan pets that are in shelters and rescues while waiting for forever homes. The day unites pet lovers with pet adoption and animal welfare organizations for a common cause. By raising awareness and showing the importance of pet adoption, adoptions increase, euthanasia decreases, and puppy mills decrease.

A large component of the day is the lighting of candles. Real candles are lit at events often hosted by organizations, and virtual candles are lit online by individuals with rescued pets, who add accompanying messages about their pets to their candles. The idea behind this is to "light up the world for pet orphans" in an effort to help others "see the light" about pet adoption so that orphan pets won't be ignored. Taking to social media on behalf of orphan pets—another integral part of the day—is done in an effort to get the world talking about pet adoption. The Remember Me Thursday Contest is held each year, where three rescue pet advocates are awarded donations of pet food and funds for a rescue or shelter of their choice. The Rescue Pet Hero Award is also given out each year, which recognizes a rescue pet that does something memorable.

How to Observe Remember Me Thursday

There are various ways you could take part in the day:

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