2020 Remember Me Thursday® Events


Org:                      Helen Woodward Animal Center

City:                      Virtual Event

Where:                Virtual Event

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 9:00am

What:                   On Remember Me Thursday, we shine a light on the amazing rescue pets who fill our hearts and lives with joy to encourage pet adoption worldwide! Not only are pets an amazing source of comfort, healing and happiness, sometimes they’re lifesavers.

This year, an annual global campaign will have an even larger symbolic impact due to what has become 2020’s new normal – the Zoom call. Culminating on Remember Me Thursday® (RMT), a worldwide pet adoption awareness campaign now in its 8th year will unite animal advocates from locations as far away as Estonia, Bulgaria, and Singapore, virtually via video chat, to simultaneously light up the world for orphan pets.

We invite you to join us via Zoom on Remember Me Thursday®, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. PST to #SeeTheLight about pet adoption.

Fill out the form below to receive details on how to join us virtually on September 24 for our Global Candle Lighting at 9:00 AM PST via Zoom!




Org:                      Snake River Animal Shelter

City:                      Virtual Event

Where:                Virtual Event

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 12:00pm

What:                   Join us for a Facebook Live candle lighting ceremony to remember all the fur babies that have contributed so much to our lives.



Org:                      Animal Protective League

City:                      Virtual Event

Where:                Virtual Event

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 6:00pm

What:                   Join us for a benefit concert Thursday, September 24th as part of the global Remember Me Thursday® campaign to raise awareness of the number of animals waiting for adoption in shelters and in memory of those who never knew a loving home!

The virtual concert will begin at 6:00p.m. on Facebook Live! The concert will feature many local talents and artists, including the A Quartet from Lincoln Land Choir, Johnathan Len, Ian Wick from the Shenanigans, and For the Love of Lennon. Tickets are $15 which includes an invite to the special Facebook Group where the Facebook Live event will take place. Tickets are available here https://illinoistimestix.com/events/apl-RMT2020



Org:                      Michiana Humane Society

City:                      Michigan City

Where:                722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, IN 46360

When:                  Thursday, September 24th

What:                  We will observe Remember Me Thursday on September 24, 2020 here at the Michiana Humane Society. You are invited to dedicate candles in memory of your pets for $5 each by filling out the information below. We will place all the luminarias in our front yard for the ceremony.

Note that we will not have a table for decorating bags at this year’s ceremony. If you wish to personalize your luminaria with photos or drawings, please come into the shelter to purchase the bags in advance. If you have questions, contact us at 219-872-4499.



Org:                      Bottle & Bottega

City:                      Des Moines

Where:                1301 Locust St, Suite E, Des Moines, IA 50309

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm

What:                   Join us and create a one-of-a-kind painting of your cute and cuddly friend! Come out and drink a glass of wine while having some artistic FUN that both family and friends will enjoy! Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes early to put on an apron, grab a drink, and get seated.

After registering, please send a photo of your pet to desmoines@paintingwithatwist.com for each seat you have reserved. **One pet per canvas, per reservation.** Our artists will sketch your pet onto your canvas for you, and then assist you as you personalize your painting. WE MUST RECEIVE YOUR PET’S PHOTO AT LEAST THREE DAYS BEFORE THIS EVENT.

                               Sign up here: https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/des-moines/event/2498384/



Org:                      Halo for Animals

City:                      Sullivan

Where:                301 Emma Lane, Sullivan MO 63080

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 7:00pm

What:                   Will you help shine a light on the pets at the Sullivan pound waiting for homes? On September 24, you can join us for a short candle-lighting ceremony to raise awareness for all orphan pets looking for homes now and honoring those that didn’t get that chance. We will be outside, so there will be room to social distance. Bring your own candles or we will have some on hand.
Visit https://remembermethursday.org/contest/ to tell your story about how your rescue pet changed your life!
Can’t join us? Light a virtual candle: https://remembermethursday.org/gallery-sign-up/



Org:                      Paws Crossed Animal Rescue

City:                      Elmsford

Where:                Paws Crossed – 100 Warehouse Ln, Elmsford, NY 10523

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 7:00pm

What:                   Please join us on Thursday September 24th for a very special, emotional night. Together, as a community, we will share in “Remember Me Thursday” – a day that people everywhere light a candle, at the same time, honoring the millions of pets who lost their lives without a loving home and family. It is also the day to shine a light of hope on the millions of healthy pets that are still awaiting adoption.

We will hopefully be able to have a small, socially-distancing, ceremony at Paws Crossed, light snacks, and candle-lighting in our honorary garden area! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date!



Org:                      Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary

City:                      Port Clinton

Where:                3620 E State Rd, Port Clinton, OH 43452

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 9:00pm

What:                   The 8th annual Remember Me Thursday candle lighting ceremony kicks off at 9:00pm with an opening address from Nancy Benevento Brown, CEO.  Elly Magyar, special friend of the sanctuary, will light the first candle.

If you can’t attend a ceremony, tweet, tag, post and share the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption on social media using #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight to win life-saving funds and food for your favorite pet adoption organizations.



Org:                      Dorchester Paws

City:                      Summerville

Where:                Azalea Park

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm

What:                   In honor of Remember Me Thursday, Dorchester Paws is hosting a ceremony on Thursday September 24th at Azalea Park. We’re inviting our community to join us on a walk through the park (dogs invited) that is illuminated by lanterns in honor of the dogs, cats and other pets that lose their lives waiting for their forever homes and the family pets that we lose too soon.
At 6:30, we’ll begin walking with a speech from Dorchester Paws Interim Executive Director and celebrating the lives of our pets through lanterns lighting our way through a park.
We’ll have a memorial presentation on our Facebook and if you’d like to have your pet featured, please email dhenderson@dorchesterpaws.org.

Org:                      Palmetto Animal League Adoption Center

City:                      Virtual Event

Where:                Virtual Event

When:                  Thursday, September 24th at 5:30pm

What:                   Join us for a virtual candle lighting on PAL’s Facebook page. We will rejoice for those animals who have been rescued and shine a light for those still waiting.



Org:                      Operation Paws for Homes

City:                      Virtual Event

Where:                Virtual Event

When:                  Thursday, September 24th

What:                   OPH is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations around the world to participate in a Remember Me Thursday® candle-lighting ceremony.

Now going into its eighth year, Remember Me Thursday® aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations on the fourth Thursday in September to be an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.

The candles lit will shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Please light a candle in your home on Thursday, September 24th & be a part of the global awareness movement!

#SeeTheLight #RememberMeThursday Operation Paws For Homes




Org:                      Elafi Animal Welfare Awards

When:                  Thursday, September 24th

What:                   We shall be lighting candles at the beach this year. Due to COVID-19 participation will be restricted but even if you can’t join us physically you can participate online (https://supportinganimals.wixsite.com/remembermethursdaycy).

We shall confirm in a couple of days how many people and dogs can join us in person due to COVID-19. Regardless please donate €5 and a candle will be lit for you to help a dog in need. You can also send us a photo with a lit candle for the 2020 album.


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