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5th Annual Remember Me Thursday San Diego Candle-Lighting Event Announced

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Helen Woodward Animal Center, in partnership with Blue Buffalo (and sponsored by Petco Foundation, KONG, Sydnees Pet Grooming, and The Ultimate Pet Health Guide by Dr. Gary Richter), invites San Diego animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations to participate in the 5th Annual Remember Me Thursday® at a very special candle-lighting event. 

Next Thursday, September 28thpet-lovers and animal rescue groups around the world will unite online and at grassroots events to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. 

Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the community to get involved by attending Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Official Remember Me Thursday® Candle-Lighting at Balboa Park on 6th Avenue (between El Prado & Juniper; near Nate’s Point Dog Park), Thursday, September 28th, from 5:45-7:00PM.


Remember Me Thursday® was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.  Moved by the staggering statistic of the 2.7 million1 homeless pets who lose their lives each year in the U.S., Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. 

As creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays® program (placing over 13 million pets in homes since 1999), he was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.

Now in its fifth year, Remember Me Thursday® has been supported by 180 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a virtual candle. 

The enormous swell of celebrity support has resulted in the topic trending each year on both Facebook and Twitter, garnering more than 865 million social media impressions since its start. 

Each year, Remember Me Thursday® grows in support with larger numbers of candle-lighting ceremonies and special events being organized around the world, including the San Diego events listed below:


September 28 – Balboa Park – 5:45 – 7:00PM.

(6th Avenue, between El Prado & Juniper; near Nate’s Point Dog Park

Join Helen Woodward Animal Center staff, volunteers, and friends as we shine a light on orphan pets on this global pet adoption awareness day.

This FREE dog-friendly event features:

  • Live acoustic music by Maddie Leigh
  • Kid’s coloring and crafts to commemorate the day
  • Food for purchase
  • Giveaways from Blue Buffalo and Kahoots
  • FREE Remember Me Thursday® T-shirts to adults and kids, while supplies last.
  • FREE Remember Me Thursday® Bandanas to dogs, while supplies last.
  • An opportunity to write a special message on the 2017 Remember Me Thursday® Banner
  • An opportunity to donate a bag of unopened dog or cat food to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals program  
  • A special candle lighting ceremony at dusk including
    • An uplifting presentation from Helen Woodward Animal Center President & CEO, Mike Arms
    • A Remember Me Thursday® proclamation from the Office of Congressman Juan Vargas
    • A reading of the Remember Me Thursday® poem penned by Arms
    • A viewing of the official Remember Me Thursday video


Thursday, September 21 – Padres Game at Petco Park, 6:30PM

(100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)

Join the San Diego Padres, at Petco Park, as they honor orphan pets!  A Helen Woodward Animal Center booth will feature adoptable pets, opportunity drawing baskets from Blue Buffalo and Kong, and coloring pages for the kids!  Plus, to kick off the game, a special ceremony will feature:

  • A moving Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony and viewing of the official Remember Me Thursday video.
  • Helen Woodward Animal Center special friend, Peter Noll, of SoCal Surf Dogs fame, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch! 

Click here for tickets


From September 24 to 29 – Helen Woodward Animal Center

(6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067)

Renowned Rancho Santa Fe-based businessman turned Pop-Up Artist, Michael Lamb, is sharing one of his celebrated sculptures by placing it in front of the Center in honor of Remember Me Thursday:

  • The public is invited to visit the artwork and add the name of a beloved furry friend or a special Remember Me Thursday message to a banner attached to the artwork.


Sunday, September 24 – Helen Woodward Animal Center Critter Camp partnership with Ian Somerhalder Foundation, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

(6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067)

Actors and humanitarians and long-standing celebrity luminaries of Remember Me Thursday, Ian Somerhalder and wife Nikki Reed – President and Vice President of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, have invited their Youth Volunteer Group* to lend a helping hand to Helen Woodward Animal Center and to take part in some very special activities.  *One young member is traveling all the way from Egypt!   The day will include:

  • The Center’s Become a Vet Camp
  • Skits involving the messaging of the Remember Me Thursday campaign
  • Lessons on how they can actively participate on-line on September 28th

For those who can’t attend an event, there are still ways to get involved.  Individuals and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to get the entire world talking about pet adoption on Thursday, September 28th, by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and#RememberMeThursday

Animal-lovers can win life-saving funds, toys and food for adoptable pets looking for forever families at their favorite non-profit, pet adoption organization. To enter the Remember Me Thursday Social Media Contest, simply upload your rescue pet’s photo and story to the #RememberTheRescue Photo Wall for a chance to win!* (*Restrictions apply.  Final selection remains at the sole discretion of Helen Woodward Animal Center).

For more information on Remember Me Thursday® and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to www.remembermethursday.org.  For more information, contact PR and Communications Director Jessica Gercke at (858) 756-4117 x 335 or jessicag@animalcenter.org.

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