KAHULUI - Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF) is uniting with animal lovers and animal welfare organizations globally to participate in a "Remember Me Thursday" candle lighting ceremony.
The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets that lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home.
By uniting in this way, on one very special day, the worldwide awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on the millions of healthy pets still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.
Galaxy is among the dogs helped by the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation.
HARF invites the community to the "Remember Me Thursday" candle lighting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at Whole Foods Market
Come early and make a pledge in honor of a pet or person, or a memorial to loved ones lost, by placing a leaf on the Tree of Life.
"There are approximately seven million pets in homes throughout the U.S., but only 30 percent of these pets come from rescue facilities. The rest come from pet stores, puppy mills and breeders," said Dawn Hall, HARF cofounder.
"Millions of beautiful, healthy orphan pets die every year without the benefit of a loving home, simply because the public is not aware of how truly amazing these animals are.
"The team here at HARF sees so many wonderful pets that are simply abandoned, because their owners had to move or didn't understand the time and care that a pet requires. These pets can be purebred, well-behaved, loving animals, but they don't get a second chance because there is so little awareness of the types of animals available at local rescue facilities."
The "Remember Me Thursday" candle lighting ceremony kicks off at 7 p.m. with an opening address from County Councilman Mike White. HARF Cofounder Penny Dearborn will light the first candle.
Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation can be reached at P.O. Box 515, Puunene, HI 96784. For more information on the organization, visit www.hawaiianimalrescue.org.
For information on the event, call Hall at 876-0022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.