Thursday, September 22, 2016

Light a Candle and #RememberMeThursday

Framed photo of Miss GItty the tabby cat with her collar and candle

   Today I am remembering my rescue cat, Miss Gitty. She was my best friend and confidant for 20+ years. I adopted her from our local humane society when I was 18 years old. She was a scrawny little kitten that came running up to me and clawed my jeans the minute I stepped out of my car. It was obvious that she had decided to rescue me. Even though I am publicly remembering her today, not a day goes by that she doesn’t enter my mind. That’s because it is a short trip from my heart to my head.
   This is our third year to join the Helen Woodward Animal Center along with 164 countries to #RememberTheRescue. This event started four years ago to honor all of the animals that don’t make it out of shelters.
Bentley Basset wearing #RememberMeThursday ball cap
   The reality is harsh and heartbreaking but the truth is that 3.4 million orphaned shelter pets will die while waiting to be adopted this year.* As hard as it is to look through the bars at their sweet little faces, imagine how unbearable it must be to look out of those bars.
That is why we are sharing Remember Me Thursday in an attempt to show our love and concern for all of the pets waiting for their special human. We are lighting a candle in their honor and ask that you do the same.
Contest Time ←
   You can win $2,000 for your favorite rescue/shelter by sharing a photo with #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday on Twitter or Instagram.
*1st Prize: $2,000 & 1,000 lbs. Blue Buffalo pet Food
*2nd Prize: 1,000 lbs. Blue Buffalo pet food & 500 KONG toys
*3rd Prize: 1,000 lbs. Blue Buffalo pet food
                                                         Orange badge with dog and cat silhouette with candles burning
Please join me and thousands of others as we shine a light on shelter pets.

*Source: Humane Society of the United States 2013 


  1. What A wonderful tribute to such a sweet fur-kid!

  2. I will light a candle and I hope it is the light what shows us the way to a good world for all peeps and pets...

  3. We remember all four of our shelter cats we got in Germany, now we have two from the Humane Society here, and Mom had several others we never even knew. Adopting kitties from a shelter is something she will always do. So many need homes.

  4. I love seeing and hearing about the real Miss Gitty! She was such a great character in the books. We hope this day helps many more shelter pets find their homes; the numbers of those that don't make it are so sad.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  5. Miss Gitty has such a special place and will always be remembered with her role in "The Returns"! The numbers are PAWsitively heart breaking!

  6. It's so important to continue to spread the word about pet adoption. We lit our candle today too in memory of those that sadly never made it out of the shelters. #RememberMeThursday

  7. Beautiful tribute to your beautiful cat, Miss Gitty. She was very special, and I love how she is reflected in your wonderful books The Returns 1 and 2. What a great contest, I will do this for sure.

  8. If only all pets had hoomans!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Miss Gitty was such a beautiful girl! It is hard to lose your best friend and you never do forget them. Beautiful tribute! I hope that Remember Me Thursday inspires many more people to adopt pets.
    -Purrs from your friends at

  10. Miss Gitty was beautiful! We wish there was no need for shelters
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Sending (((hugs))) and love. What a sweet girl she was. I love that photo catchatwithcarenandcody

  12. Thank you fur sharing your happy memories, Miss Gitty was a very pretty girlie
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  13. This post really hits home for me. I too am a rescue who spent months in a shelter waiting for my huMom to find me. In fact all my fursiblings are rescues who faced the possibility of euthanasia including GG & MiG the pot bellied pigs.

    My huMom has been working with animals since she was a teenager & has always fought against puppy/kitten mills. She has seen first hand what shelter life means for animals as she worked in Toronto's Humane Society many years ago & later worked as a supervisor in a well known animal hospital. We believe that non human animals are not product or property & until the law states this we will continue to see animal abuse.

    My huMom loves her shelter/rescues furbabies, living & those past. They live in her heart & in her memories.

    Miss Gitty was pawfect. Love the photo. Too sweet. It is obvious Miss Gitty knew love.

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia

  14. Oh, what a touching postie. I loves those happy memories with Miss Gitty! what a cutie patootie!
    Ruby ♥

  15. Such an adorably precious pic and lovely memory of Miss Gitty the cat. ღ

  16. Awe what a great tribute to your kitty!


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