Helen Woodward Animal Center, in partnership with Blue Buffalo, Embrace Pet Insurance and KONG invite animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations to participate in the 2nd Annual Remember Me Thursday campaign. From Sri Lanka to Australia, candles lit on the exact same day globally, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Now local events have sprung up around San Diego, allowing residents multiple opportunities to participate. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the community to take part at scheduled events and ceremonies beginning the evening of Wednesday, September 24th and continuing through Thursday, September 25th, 2014.
The first Remember Me Thursday took place on the fourth Thursday in September, 2013. Moved by the staggering statistics of homeless pets who lose their lives each year (The Humane Society of the United States approximates this number at 3.4 million annually in the US.), Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. As creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays program, Arms was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant. 139 countries united to support the movement, with over 100,000 individuals around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message through social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website or lighting a virtual candle. Celebrity support arrived in the form of impactful social media posts and retweets.
Now in its second year, the Remember Me Thursday campaign is only growing in support with an even larger number of candle-lighting ceremonies and special events being organized internationally, including the four San Diego events listed below:
September 24 – Padres Game at Petco Park, 6:10 p.m.:
Join the San Diego Padres, at Petco Park, as they honor orphan pets with a special Remember Me Thursday mayoral proclamation and Helen Woodward Animal Center adoptable pets. Mike Arms, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s President and CEO, will throw out the first pitch.
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September 25 – Helen Woodward Animal Center – Morse Hall, 11:00 a.m.:
Join the Helen Woodward Animal Center staff, adoptive parents, furry alumni, available adoptables and local celebrities for a very special candle-lighting ceremony featuring a sneak peek at events happening globally, a viewing of the official Remember Me Thursday video featuring “It Will Be Me” by Kristen Chenoweth and a reading of the Remember Me Thursday poem, penned by Center President and CEO Mike Arms.
September 25 – San Diego Film Festival feature film, “Dogs on the Inside”, 5:30 p.m.:
See a special showing of the moving documentary, “Dogs on the Inside,” about the benefits of therapy dogs on prisoners, followed by a question and answer session with Helen Woodward Animal Center staff and the “Dogs on the Inside” movie producers. A Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony, with inspirational words by Helen Woodward Animal Center President, Mike Arms, is also included.
This event at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp is $20 per ticket including a $5 donation to Helen Woodward Animal Center.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
September 25 – “Pop Star Puppy” Red Carpet Premiere, 7 p.m.:
UltraStar Mission Valley 7 Cinemas hosts the “Pop Star Puppy” red carpet premiere and a Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony with special features including:
- A moving Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony, inspirational words by Center President and CEO Mike Arms and a viewing of the official Remember Me Thursday video.
- Join Helen Woodward Animal Center for a family-friendly movie night with the opportunity to visit with adoptable pets, win raffle prizes and take home fantastic giveaways from Kong and Blue Buffalo.
- Your $5 ticket purchase goes directly to support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.