Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Littlest Victims #RememberMeThursday

Hola kitties! Are you aware that today is Remember Me Thursday®? Of course you are. The Helen Woodward Foundation created this campaign (and is sponsoring this post) that means the world to this little ghetto kitteh who was once a shelter cat. Remember Me Thursday® is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes. Each year over 2.7 million pets die in shelters without a forever home which gives this kitteh leaky eyes. Just 30% of pets in households in the United States are rescue pets. Sad.

The Littlest Victims #RememberMeThursday
The Helen Woodward Foundation is sponsoring this post. They provided some of the props used in post
images. No money was involved.

Today the entire world will share the importance of pet adoption and shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues as well as these living in our communities. For the past seven years, people using the #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday hashtags have has made more than 1 billion impressions on social media! Join the 700 organizations and rescues in 180 countries that have participated. In 2019 let's strive to reach even more people.

You can help by entering their contest to win for your rescue or shelter. Take a picture of your rescue pet and post in on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RememberMeThursday and #tagging @hwac and you're entered to win 1000 lbs of pet food, one of three cash prizes topping out at $5000 and lots of toys for those less fortunate anipals. Snap and share today to make a difference in the lives of orphaned pets.

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Who is this little ghetto kitteh shining my candle for this year? 

I know we have plenty of shelter pets right here in the U.S. Homelessness has increased every year and people are being forced into situations where they can't bring their furry family members whether it be a shelter that doesn't allow pets, moving in with a family member who either already has pets or are allergic or simply being forced to moved into a smaller place. Animal shelters are turning down found cats because they're overcrowded and underfunded.

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All Ernestos photos are the property of Ernestos and are used with permission. 

I'm shining my light on the cats of war. Imagine you're a cat living in a country that has been in a civil war since about 2012. The town your family lived in—Aleppo—is in ruins. It's a ghost town except for the hundreds of cats that have been left behind running through the streets looking for food. War is hell but especially for those with no voice. If a bomb doesn't get them, hunger will. Enter an angel named Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel who stayed behind to feed and rescue these tiny orphans of war.

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Daddy Alaa and Zorrito

Ernesto's Paradise and Sanctuary is saving as many of those feline lives as they possibly can. On Remember Me Thursday, I'd like to remember Sparky, Fadi, Lolo, Megan, Giada, Gandolf and Joujou and all the other orphaned kitties who have died at Ernesto's despite receiving the best vet care in the area as well as those kitties and Hope the beautiful pup who perished when the original Ernestos Sanctuary was bombed and gassed in 2017. Many of those cats left to fend for themselves after their humans fled the country for their lives are enjoying healthy meals at Ernestos. In their latest mission they've rescued almost 100 kitties from a recently bombed area even though the area is still dangerous.

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My thanks to the staff of Ernestos especially Alaa, Dr Mohammad Youssef (above) and his assistant Abu Ali Wattar who stay in harms way to run the sanctuary and Alessandra and Lorraine who run the Facebook pages and website. Ernestos depends on contributions from cat- and animal-lovers worldwide to feed over 200 cats plus many orphaned dogs, goats, horses, monkeys, rabbits and other animals and birds. They also provide free vet care including vaccinations, spaying and neutering for the animals of Syria. I'm going to link to the donation page.

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Let's take today to shine a light on those littlest victims of the civil war and hope that someday the war will end, the towns will be rebuilt and kitties such as Maxi, the blind Jack Sparrow, Perla, Dali and Chiquita can once again be placed in loving homes. Just yesterday five of their dogs were adopted so there is hope.

The Littlest Victims #RememberMeThursday

In the meantime, let’s get the entire world talking about pet adoption. Tweet, tag, post and share the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption on social media. Let’s honor the lost pets who ran out of time and bring awareness to the pets we can still help by working together and using our voices.


Summer at said...

We've been following the Aleppo cat man for a long time. The work he and his helper do is heroic.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Ernesto's Shelter is doing such a wonderful job in horrific circumstances.
I intended to make a donation to one of the shelters I read about today, but I need look no further as my decision is made.

Sandee said...

What a beautiful post on something we all should be lending a hand. Thank you.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Timmy Tomcat said...

We really appreciate you showing Ernesto's Rescue and we will donate what we can. There are so many of the littlest in need it breaks our hearts. We are 4 rescue and 2 shelter kitties here and appreciate all our friends supporting #RescueMeThursday

Eastside Cats said...

Gosh, what wonderful people to help the kitties in such dire circumstances. I hope they have veterinary help too, to spay and neuter.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

CK, thanks for reminding people the cats affected by war need help to. This is such a great post. Thanks for joining our blog hop and shining a light on pet adoption.

Brian said...

Such a wonderful post CK and Ernestos is such a wonderful human dealing with so much to help those sweeties. He is a hero. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK...thiz post two day rox.....noe ifz andz ore butz bout it; thanx for postin, thanx for sharin de link ~~~~~♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Such a touching post, my eyes are leaking. Awareness, conversations, visibility and education are so important and can make such a difference. This is an amazing day, I'm glad to be involved.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Beautiful post, CK. The people of Ernesto's Shelter are truly angels on earth.

Three Chatty Cats said...

What a great post and a wonderful way to shine a light today. It’s wonderful that there are people who will stay and help the littlest victims.

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

oh my I had never heard of the Aleppo cat man. I have to check out his facebook page. Thank you so much for sharing this most heartfelt post with us. This one really, really got to me xoxo

Chirpy Cats said...

This was such a beautiful post CK, wow, I'm in tears all over again. I love the Cat Man of Aleppo and have been following them since the beginning. Thanks for highlighting their wonderful sanctuary. What is so amazing is how he has tried to also make the sanctuary a place of healing and comfort for the kids traumatized by the war. I hope and pray that war will end and people and animals can live together in peace and harmony.

Little Binky and Granny said...

What a beautiful post, we were reading with a smile and a tear. It breaks our heart to see so many kitties affected by war. What a wonderful man💗Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞

pilch92 said...

Beautiful post. There are so many cats in need of homes, it is heart breaking. XO

meowmeowmans said...

Such a beautiful and important post, CK. The humans at Ernesto's Rescue are true angels.