Today, is a special national day, “Remember Me Thursday”. Aside from the usual silly national holidays (IE National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, National Learn A Sailing Knot Day), this one has significant meaning my heart.
Pet adoption matters. This year, I adopted my first pet, a tiny 3 pound, 3-month-old kitten named, Smoochy. He came in as a stray, and eventually ended up at Helen Woodward Animal Center. He was all by himself, no mother, no litter mates, but healthy. Healthy and captured my heart the first time I saw his photo. I often wonder what Smoochy’s story was before finding his forever home, but I know that it isn’t as important as the life he has ahead. A life filled with two people that love him, care for him and spoil him.
When Monkey got sick last year, it was the hardest thing that I’ve ever been through in my life. And after he passed away, I thought about the animals that need to be remembered. The ones who are sick in a shelter that doesn’t have someone to cry over them and give them the love that they deserve. Early after losing Monkey, I wasn’t ready to adopt, but I wanted to do… something. So I donated toys, cat litter, and a cat bed to a local shelter by my house, the Escondido Humane Society. Every season since, I make a donation to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s thrift store… while you may not always be in a position to adopt, the awareness of those animals without homes is extremely important. Being able to provide something to them, if you can’t provide the home matters.
If my housing situation permitted, I would adopt many others. But for now, you animals in the shelters waiting for your forever homes, have the love from my heart, Smoochy, and Monkey, smiling on you from above.