Hello there, Flock members! Alessandra here — your friendly Our Hen House Media Coordinator. Today I’m excited to let ya’ll know about a little holiday known as National Pet Memorial Day. Launched by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, National Pet Memorial Day takes place annually on the second Sunday in September, providing a venue for human companions to honor their beloved non-human counterparts — both past and present — and reflect upon the important role that those non-humans have played and continue to play in their lives. As animal advocates, I’m sure ya’ll do this just about every day, but hey, it sure doesn’t hurt to make that love and appreciation an official part of our yearly calendar.
In celebration of National Pet Memorial Day 2015 on September 13, we at OHH (spoiler alert!) have prepared a review for the upcoming 296th podcast episode, featuring tributes to the cats that have touched the lives of Jasmin, myself, and my dear mother (thanks, Mom, for sharing your stories!), as well as how our relationships with those cats have informed our veganism and vice versa.
Why am I revealing this inside scoop on the podcast a month before the episode airs? Because we want to hear your cat stories, too! We’re certain that ya’ll have a plethora of heartwarming stories about the cats in your life, and we would be remiss not to invite ya’ll to share them on our online magazine in honor of National Pet Memorial Day.
To submit a story to be published on the Our Hen House online magazine on National Pet Memorial Day (September 13), send your 200-word cat tales to anne [at] ourhenhouse [dot] org by August 30.
And — as if getting your cat published on our magazine isn’t reward enough — we’re offering those of you who submit stories the chance to win a copy of the animal rights-themed poetry collection Kind by Gretchen Primack! Excitingly for Gretchen, the great Carol J. Adams is including her poem “Love This” in the 25th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat (which will be released this October), and will be broadcasting Gretchen’s reading of the poem at the 2016 Christian Ethics Conference at Cambridge University. Additionally, a high school student in Milwaukee, WI advanced to the national 2015 forensics competition by reciting four poems from Kind. So clearly, this is one book that you definitely want to have on your shelf. (And make sure to watch Gretchen’s appearance on the Our Hen House TV show — but be forewarned that you might just fall in love with her.)
On August 31, Anne will do a random drawing from the cat stories ya’ll submit to determine which of you will be the lucky recipient of Gretchen’s book.
We can’t wait to hear ya’ll’s stories!