3rd annual Remember Me campaign takes place Sept. 24 at Helen Woodward center in Rancho Santa Fe

The Helen Woodward Animal Center will again unite with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide on Sept. 24 for the third annual Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony.

The program asks participants to light candles on the exact same day globally to honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home.

This year, however, the event extends its reach into local schools with new lesson plans and heartwarming art projects. Helen Woodward Animal Center invites the community to share these materials with classrooms and kid-focused social groups and then take part at scheduled ceremonies Sept. 24 at the Horizon Christian Fellowship.

Helen Woodward is also offering free Remember Me Thursday lesson plans and art projects for ages 4 through 10 at

“Only 30% of pets in US homes come from rescue facilities,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms. “Lighting a candle this Sept. 24 will bring awareness to these wonderful orphan pets and can help in increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.” The worldwide awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on the millions of orphan pets still awaiting adoption.

For information on Remember Me Thursday and a list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to For information on the U.S. West Coast candle-lighting events, contact Jessica Gercke at 858-756-4117, ext. 335 or