Remember Me Thursday campaign uses social media to highlight pet adoption

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A world-wide social media campaign, started at Rancho Santa Fe’s Helen Woodward Animal Center five-years ago, returns Thursday to remind people of the importance of adopting shelter pets.

The “Remember Me Thursday” social media campaign — started by Mike Arms, President of Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2013 — aims to shed a light on the millions of animals waiting for adoption in shelters, many of which never find a long-lasting family and home.

The goal is to urge people to adopt pets that would otherwise be euthanized by sharing happy stories of pet adoption across social media.  

Individuals are asked to share their pet adoption stories this Thursday by tweeting, tagging and posting the happiest memories they shared with their pets on social media. The campaign will use the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.

Those who upload a photo of their rescue pet with a story and the hashtag #RemembertheRescue will be entered to win Helen Woodward Animal Center’s social media contest.

Helen Woodward Animal Center will host two events in San Diego Thursday for the campaign. A 6:30 p.m. event will be held at Petco Park featuring adoptable pets and a 5:45 p.m. event at Balboa Park will have pet-friendly activities for families. 

Tony and Emmy-award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth is this year’s spokesperson for the event. She has supported the campaign since its initiation in 2013.

“Please take a moment and remember all of the sweet shelter pets just waiting for their opportunity to warm your heart on Remember Me Thursday," Chenoweth said in a public service announcement for the social campaign.

Actors Diane Keaton, Ian Somerhalder, Katherine Heigl and Bellamy Young, designer Christian Siriano, and athletes Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar, will all contribute to the campaign. 

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