San Diego! Join ‘Remember Me Thursday’ For Orphan Pets

helen woodward animal center, remember me thursdayHelen Woodward Animal Center, in partnership with Blue Buffalo (and sponsored by Embrace Pet Insurance, KONG, California Bank and Trust, Westfield UTC, Dirty Dogs, Lamar and Sydnees Pet Grooming), invites San Diego animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations to participate in the 4th Annual Remember Me Thursday® at a very special candle-lighting event. 

Next Thursday, September 22nd, pet-lovers and animal rescue groups around the world will create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them, through social media postings and grassroots events.   Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the community to get involved by attending Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Official Remember Me Thursday® Candle-Lighting at Balboa Park on 6th Avenue (between El Prado & Juniper; near Nate’s Point Dog Park), Thursday, September 22, from 5:45-7:00PM.

Now in its fourth year, Remember Me Thursday® has been supported by 164 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 500 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a virtual candle.  The enormous swell of celebrity support has resulted in the topic trending on both Facebook and Twitter, garnering more than 500 million social media impressions.

Each year, Remember Me Thursday® grows in support with larger numbers of candle-lighting ceremonies and special events being organized around the world, including the San Diego events listed below:


September 22 – Balboa Park – 5:45 – 7:00PM.

(6th Avenue, between El Prado & Juniper; near Nate’s Point Dog Park)

Join Helen Woodward Animal Center staff, volunteers, friends, and therapy animals as we shine a light on orphan pets on this global pet adoption awareness day.

This FREE dog-friendly event features:

  • Live acoustic music by Maddie Leigh
  • Kid’s coloring and crafts to commemorate the day
  • Dinner and dessert for purchase from food trucks donating a portion of sales to the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center

(Sushi Uno, Seoul Man, Tacos La Mezcla and Simon’s Ice Cream Company)

  • Giveaways from Blue Buffalo
  • FREE Remember Me Thursday® T-shirts to the first 100 adults and first 50 kids
  • FREE Remember Me Thursday® Bandanas to the first 25 dogs
  • An opportunity to write a special message on the 2016 Remember Me Thursday® Banner
  • An opportunity to donate a bag of unopened dog or cat food to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals program  
  • A special candle lighting ceremony at dusk including
    • An uplifting presentation from Helen Woodward Animal Center President & CEO, Mike Arms
    • A Remember Me Thursday® mayoral proclamation
    • A reading of the Remember Me Thursday® poem penned by Arms
    • A viewing of the official 2016 Remember Me Thursday video




September 22 – Westfield UTC Palm Plaza, 11:30AM

(4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego CA 92122)

Take a moment during your lunch break to honor orphan pets!  A Helen Woodward Animal Center booth will feature giveaways from Blue Buffalo, a dog basket opportunity drawing, coloring pages for the kids, training tips from San Diego Pet Training and a chance to meet Center adoptable puppies.


September 22 – Dirty Dogs Dog Parks, 5:30PM

(Cardiff Dog Park and Torrey Pines Dog Park)

Take a moment to stop by your pups’ favorite hangout to honor orphan pets!  (Dirty Dogs is planning their own special ceremony.  Contact Dirty Dogs for more details!


September 22 – Padres Game at Petco Park, 7:10PM

(100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)

Join the San Diego Padres, at Petco Park, as they honor orphan pets!  A Helen Woodward Animal Center booth will feature adoptable pets, opportunity drawing baskets from Blue Buffalo and Kong, and coloring pages for the kids!  Plus, to kick off the game, a special ceremony will feature:

  • A moving Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony and viewing of the official Remember Me Thursday video.
  • Remember Me Thursday® Luminary Stephen Kramer Glickman (Pigeon Toady in Dreamworks Feature Film STORKS) throwing out the first pitch.

Click here for tickets

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