STAR POWER LAUNCHES GLOBAL PET ADOPTION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

2022 Spokesperson Jasmine Tookes and Nearly 100 Celebrities Unite Animal Lovers and Rescue Centers to Defend Homeless Animals

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA., August 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In just over three weeks, Helen Woodward Animal Center will once again unite with animal welfare advocates and organizations around the world for the 10th annual Remember Me Thursday® (RMT). Honored on the fourth Thursday in September, the campaign asks pet lovers and animal rescue groups to create an unstoppable, integrated voice for homeless animals. Candle lighting ceremonies and a global flurry of social media buzz will shine a light on the millions of orphaned animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to choose to adopt and reduce the number of more one million homeless animals euthanized each year. As in previous years, very big names are coming forward to support the cause whose Jasmine Tookeswho has been named the official spokesperson for the 2022 campaign. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the world to join these philanthropic celebrities and be a part of this very special day, Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Power in the Stars – Big names come together to be a voice for orphaned animals on Remember Me Thursday, September 22, 2022.

As official spokesperson for the 2022 campaign, Jasmine Tookes is an American model and businesswoman. In addition to her professional career, Jasmine is a passionate animal lover and advocate. She grew up surrounded by animals, including cats, rats and turtles, to name a few! In 2016, Jasmine teamed up with her best friend and fellow model, Josephine, to create JOJA – a community where the two share their workouts, health routines and active lifestyles and just recently this year started to sell their own line of sportswear under the same name.

Regarding his love of animals and the special day, Tookes said, “Adopting pets is something that is close to my heart, but a lot of people may not have the knowledge or the skills. information on adopting pets. Remember Me Thursday provides the perfect opportunity to learn and hopefully change the minds of people who were once never open to the idea of ​​adoption.”

Tookes leads an impressive list of celebrity supporters who also align themselves with RMT. Notable personalities, professional athletes, pet behaviorists and social media stars have signed up as “luminaries”, pledging to share their thoughts on pet adoption in videos and through their social media accounts throughout the campaign. Nearly 100 influential personalities have joined the cause. Past and present supporters include:

Notable film, television and stage personalities: Andie McDowell, Ashley Bell, Bellamy YoungBethenny Frankel (official spokesperson 2019), Beth Stern, Bo Derek, Bonnie Jill Laflin, Brittany Aldean (Official Spokesperson 2021), Carrie Ann Inaba (Official Spokesperson 2015), Christian Siriano, david tutera, John Daymond, Debbie Gibson, Diane Keaton, Elaine Hendrix, Eric Robert, george lopez, Jamie Small, Jasmine Tookes (Official Spokesperson 2022), Javicia Leslie, Jennie Garth (Official Spokesperson 2020), Catherine Heigl (Official Spokesperson 2014), Kathy Najimi, Kevin Frazier, Christine Bauer, Kristin Chenoweth (Official Spokesperson 2017), Linda Blair, Lou Wegner, Marc Steines, Melissa Peterman, Pauley Perrette (Official Spokesperson 2016), Rick Springfield, Ross Mathews, Sandra Lee, Wil Wheatonand Wynonna Judd (Official Spokesperson 2018).

Designers: Greg Evans (creator of LUANN), and Patrick McDonnel (creator of MUTTS).

Professional athletes: Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings), Bryan Bickell (Chicago Blackhawks), David Backes (Anaheim Ducks), Evan Longoria (San Francisco Giants), Jake Muzzin (Los Angeles Kings), Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings), Joey Logan (NASCAR), Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay Rays), Liam Hendricks (Oakland A’s), Logan Ryan (Tennessee Titans), Marc Rzepczynski (World Series Champion), Mark Buhrle (World Series Champion), Rodney Peeteand Ryan Newman (NASCAR).

Celebrities specializing in animals: dr. Marty Becker, Gabriel Feitosa, Hanna Shaw, Jack Hanna, Jill Rappaport, Larissa Wohl, Megane Rose, Tamar Geller, victoria stillwelland Wendy Diamond.

Animal celebrities: Alien Cat Matilda, Baloo, Bamboo, Belarus the cat, Best Boy Brodie, Boogie Shoes, Chewie, Chi-ChiChloé, Choupette LagerfeldCole and Marmalade, Cooper, Fugee, Josh, Justin Fire Survivor, Kitten Faces, Lil BUB, Louie, MemphisMimo and Kirry, Molly Happiness, Monty Boy, Mork, Mr. Bigglesworth, My Cat Kyle, My dear PoudinNala Cat, Norbert, Paddington, Piglet, Purrminators, Sauerkraut Kitty, Smush, Spencer, Stevie, Sunglass Cat, Tango, Tuna, Venus, White Coffee Cat and Worried Cat.

RMT was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. Moved by the staggering statistic of more than one million homeless animals losing their lives each year in the United States, Arms appealed to rescue organizations to create a global awareness campaign. As the creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays® program (placing more than 19 million pets in homes since 1999), he was able to send expansive demand and the response was significant.

Now in its tenth year, RMT has been supported by 190 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and over 1,000 separate animal welfare organizations around the world holding their own candle lighting ceremonies, spreading the message on social networks or lighting a virtual candle. The huge wave of celebrity support has caused the topic to trend every year on Facebook and Twitter, garnering over a billion social media impressions since its debut.

For the third year in a row, representatives from animal welfare organizations and campaign personalities will come together on an international Zoom call to share the importance of RMT within their respective organizations and countries. This year, speakers from Bulgaria, EstoniaKazakhstan, New York, North Carolinaand Porto Rico will share the state of animal welfare in their area and how they commemorate the pet adoption awareness campaign. The virtual program will also include words from RMT’s Founder and the Centre’s President and CEO. Mike Arms, a reading of the official RMT poem and a heartfelt international candle lighting in remembrance of the millions of orphaned animals who are still waiting in shelters for their own forever home. The public is invited to tune in and watch the program which starts Thursday September 22 at 9:00 a.m. PST.

The one-of-a-kind international RMT Zoom call will be available online for the animal-loving public. Those wishing to register to watch can click here. The public can also get involved by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and vital importance of pet adoption using the hashtag #RememberMeThursday and #See the light and @hwac.

Animal lovers can also win vital funds, toys and food for adoptable animals looking for forever families at their favorite nonprofit animal adoption organization. To enter the Remember Me Thursday social media contest, simply upload your rescue animal’s photo and story to the #RememberMeThursday Wall of photos 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.

About Remember Me Thursday®

Animal lovers and organizations around the world unite on the fourth Thursday of September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of homeless animals who lost their lives without a loving home and to shed light through social media on the millions of orphans. pets are still waiting for their forever home. On Thursday remember me® global awareness campaign is championed by Mike Armspresident of the Helen Woodward Animal Center and creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the successful Home 4 the Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed more than 19 million pets in homes since 1999. For more information, please visit www .remembermethursday.org or via hashtag #RememberMeThursday and #See the light on social networks.

Jasmine Tookes, official spokesperson for Remember Me Thursday® 2022, takes the time to cuddle Chance, Helen Woodward’s rescue pup.

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