PRICE: $10 for walk/$5 for additional candles
Animal-lovers, Animal Protective League and
other animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite on Thursday,
September 21, 2017, with pet candle-lighting ceremonies. The candles, lit on
the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost
their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the
millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.
Join us at Southwind Park for Remember Me Thursday, a candlelit dog walk on Thursday, September 21nd from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. ALL PARTICIPATING DOGS MUST BE AT LEAST 4 MONTHS OLD AND CURRENT ON ALL VACCINES. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times
Pet Blessing will be offered at the event courtesy of Pastor Terry Link, Chaplain at Pleasant Hill Village. The blessings will take place at the Hope Picnic Shelter prior to the start of the walk which will step off at approximately 7:45.
Your $10.00 registration fee covers food and soft drinks from County Market prior to the walk, one walker, and up to 2 dogs. For the safety of everyone, no one will be permitted to walk more than 2 dogs. If additional people will be joining you on the walk and would like a candle, additional candles may be purchased for $5.00 and are provided by True Color Florist. Click HERE to register for the walk online.
Sponsored by Diamond Residential Mortgage, Butler Funeral Home, Rose Lawn Pet Cemetery Springfield Park District, The Edwin Watts Southwind Park and Animal Protective League.. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Animal Protective League (APL) is joining over 138 countries worldwide including Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Puerto Rico for the Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign. Candles are lit around the globe on the same day to remember the millions of animals who die in shelters or on the streets without ever knowing the security and love of a permanent home. They are also lit to light the way for the millions of animals currently in shelters waiting to be adopted.
APL's Remember Me Thursday® Candlelit Walk is this Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Southwind Park. In addition to the short walk, the event will offer pet blessings by Pastor Terry Link, Chaplain at Pleasant Hill Village. The blessings will take place at the Hope Picnic Shelter prior to the start of the walk . The $10 registration fee includes one candle and sandwiches, chips and drinks courtesy of Country Market. Additional candles may be purchased for $5 and are provided by True Colors Florist. All of the proceeds will benefit the dogs and cats in APL's care. The walk will step off at approximately 7:45 p.m. after a brief invocation.
The event is sponsored locally by Diamond Residential Mortgage, Butler Funeral Home, Roselawn Pet Cemetery, the Springfield Park District, and Edwin Watts Southwind Park. Participants may register in advance online at www.apl-shelter.org through Wednesday, September 20, 2017 or at the event starting at 6:30 p.m. on the 21st.
"Millions of beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2017," states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center in California and founder of Remember Me Thursday® which is now in its fourth year. "We all come from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, but together, we can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day."
APL encourages everyone to come out for this beautiful walk. Pets are welcome but are not required to participate. Anyone who chooses to bring a pet must sign a waiver agreeing their pet is at least 4 months of age, current on all vaccines, and in good health to the best of the owner's knowledge. Pets must be kept on a leash or in a size appropriate carrier at all times. Any animal under 4 months will not be permitted to participate. The walk is designed to be short enough that almost everyone can enjoy it and is held at Southwind Park which was specifically designed to accommodate individuals with special needs.
APL's shelter is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. The organization also coordinates cruelty investigations, humane education programs and operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter.
For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group's web site at www.apl-shelter.org.