A candle-lighting event is scheduled Thursday for the fourth annual Remember Me Thursday memorial for the millions of pets that die annually while waiting for a home.
The event is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. near the dog run in the west side of Balboa Park, off El Prado.
Remember Me Thursday is a worldwide event for pet lovers and animal rescue groups, and combines events in 164 countries with social media, according to the Helen Woodward Animal Center of Rancho Santa Fe.
Center officials cited a statistic from the national Humane Society that 3.4 million homeless pets die annually in the U.S.
“Millions of beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2016,” said Mike Arms, the center’s president and CEO. “We all come from different countries, cultures and backgrounds, but together we can raise our voices and literally save millions of pets on this one day.”
The event will include live music, food trucks and children’s activities. Center officials said the first 100 adults and first 50 children will receive free Remember Me Thursday T-shirts, while the first 25 dogs will be given free bandanas.
—City News Service
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