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#RememberMeThursday #SeeTheLight


I have been posting my #RememberMeThursday post for seven years. This event was created ten years ago by the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Remember Me Thursday® aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.




“Over a million beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2022,” states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “We all come from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, but together, we can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day.”

Please remember, as my blog subtitle says—”I am a former shelter cat making a difference”. I was abandoned at a high kill shelter and almost euthanized before a foster came to take me to her home where I would be safe until a private nonprofit had a space for me. And they did and over one year later, after no one wanted me, along came Dad P and Mom L and the rest is history.

Unfortunately, not only are there millions of shelter cats like I once was, there are many millions more abandoned community cats, friendly, hiding in shadows, under trailers, in shrubs—all hoping they can find just one good meal on any given day. These cats were once able to be trapped and taken to public shelters where they had opportunities to fine forever homes.

But thanks to one Dr. Kate Hurley, DVM, Director of the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program, most publicly funded shelters across the USA are turning to adopt her “Community Sheltering for Abandoned Community Cats”. Ms Hurley has successfully promoted and sold her approach to leaving all abandoned community cats exactly where they are. They do not belong in a public shelter where they might get an upper respiratory infection, like most dogs get kennel cough. But intaking dogs is highly promoted while leaving community cats out in the cold, extreme heat and rain to fend for themselves. Ms. Hurley says this is where they belong. Oh yeah, she says “be sure to spay and neuter them and then dump them back where you found them”. Great idea!!! And just where are all the small nonprofits supposed to find low cost, high volume spay and neuter surgery openings for the thousands of abandoned community cats that the public sheltering system has left up to them to manage???

Our local county shelter is following this UC Davis/Kate Hurley approach to leaving even the friendliest of abandoned community cats and kittens just where they were left. And they have cut back on the number of spay, neuter surgeries they once had for cat rescues to get their community cats fixed. They did not invest in creating a high volume, low cost surgery center that all county residents have access to.

Nope, our publicly funded county shelter wrote a grant proposal to Petco Love to fund a $200,000 dollar investment in hiring dog behaviorists!! Tough luck for the cats.

Please on this #RememberMeThursday, consider adopting a rescue cat from a nonprofit. Do not leave these abandoned community cats, pulled from unimaginable harsh lives on the streets and in the woods, to waste away in foster care, never knowing a permanent home. And even better, consider becoming a foster for a small nonprofit, like our Delta View Cats, that is struggling to bring these friendly adults and kittens into homes for socialization to lead to adoption.

All the kitties and kittens in you see around me in my #SeeTheLight graphic, are friendly adults and lovely kittens, just purring to find a warm and compassionate foster, then an adopter, to give them a permanent home.

I invite all of you to visit the Virtual Candle Lighting page to light your own personal candle in remembrance of all your beloved rescue pets.

Thank you for reading my special Thursday blog post celebrating #RememberMeThursday.


#RememberMeThursday #SeeTheLight


I am joining two important events today with my blog post. #RememberMeThursday and my pal Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop.


Remember Me Thursday started in 2013 and I have joined this movement and posted every year since 2016.

On September 23, 2021, the entire world will share the importance of pet adoption, and shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues. Since its inception in 2013, Remember Me Thursday® has made more than 1.5 billion impressions on social media.

On #RememberMeThursday, love your rescue and help others #SeeTheLight. It’s up to you to spread the word.

I am shining a light on one of my current castle guests, Eowyn, who we are fostering until she can find her forever home. She participated in her first adoption event at a pop up adoption site set up by our nonprofit pals Community Concern For Cats.

She, along with three other younger kittens, were dumped at a city park by the Delta. Thankfully, my nonprofit Delta View Cats, managed by Mom L and Dad P, humanely manages a cat colony there. We have feeding stations our city provided and one of our volunteer feeders found these wee ones August 26. He was able to pick up  one that was clearly struggling. A little 2 pound Siamese that could only spin around and around. By 10 PM August 27, Dad P and three other DVC volunteers had captured the remaining three. Sadly the little Siamese could not be treated at our animal services, and he, Dancer, was euthanized. 

Eowyn and her likely cousins, Arwen and Frodo, are safe here in my castle. I am forever thankful that we were able to catch them and bring them into a home filled with love, patience and kindness. All three are ready for adoption.

Eowyn wanted to participate in this blog post, so I asked her to send a message to the world about her thoughts on humans stepping up to adopt kittens like her, she is only 7 months old and her cousins are 5 months old. Eowyn hopes that humans with compassion will come forward to adopt abandoned kittens like her and her cousins.

You can visit the Remember Me Thursday virtual candle gallery and add your own personal candle in remembrance of your very own rescued cat. I lit my candle and dedicated it to all the friendly abandoned community cats and kittens that are waiting on the streets and parks for a human to care enough about their welfare that they will trap them and foster them and help them find their forever homes just like me.

Remember, I was stuffed into a night drop box at our county animal shelter in early 2010. The shelter tried to get me adopted but I was extremely scared and shy. So I ended up on the euthanasia cart one day. My savior, Miss Tammy, a fellow animal rescue human, saw me and took me off the cart and home to foster until she could get my into her rescue and into an adoption path. I waited over a year for someone to recognize in me all the love I have to give to a human. Dad P and Mom L took me to foster and failed as fosters in a month!! I was home in January 2012!!!

Please help your local friendly street cats find their forever homes! And hop over to Brian’s blog to see all the other Thankful Thursday posts on his blog hop!



#RememberMeThursday #SeeTheLight


I know my post is late but here it is! I don’t like to miss posting for the #RememberMeThursday adoption event. You see, if humans had not been made aware of how desperate those of us ending up in municipal shelters can be to find real homes, I would have been euthanized in 2010. Yes, I was literally pulled off the “euth cart” by a life saving human Miss Tammy, just as they were ready to take me to the unmentionable room.

I am such a fortunate kitty! Miss Tammy fostered me until there was space for me to be placed in a non profit free roam kitty shelter called Kitty Corner. Oh, the public shelter did try to get me adopted; they placed me in Petsmart cages for about three months. But I was terrified and “did not show well”. Hah!! Who would??!!!

And then I languished for over a year at Kitty Corner. Again no one wanted me because I always hid. But the purrfect human came along, my Dad P, and took his time to get to know me even with my butt facing him from inside my hidey place!! MOL!!!

Please do not ever give up on the shy kitties you find in shelters. We will become your most loving companion if you just give us a chance.


I am joining the #RememberMeThursday Blog Hop at Lola the Rescue Cat

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