via parade.com Last year Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, came up with an idea to help thousands of cats and dogs around the country. The resulting event, Remember Me Thursday, garnered lots of support from celebrities in movies, television, the stage, sports, and among many animal advocates. This year, Remember Me Thursday (set for September 25) has drawn an impressive roster of celebrities to help homeless animals find their forever homes. Headlining the event is actress Katherine Heigl, a major advocate for homeless dogs. She will soon be starring in the NBC drama series State of Affairs this fall. “Every day in America, 10,000 pets are killed for lack of a good home,” she said. “It is important to not forget those animals who have been euthanized in our shelters across America and to focus on those still waiting for a home. Remember Me Thursday is our opportunity to bring to light these homeless pets and I am honored to be the spokesperson for such an important and powerful message.” Heigl will be joined by Alan Cumming, Diane Keaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Eric Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Sara Rue, Beth Stern, and Carrie Ann Inaba. In the world of sports, Anze Kopitar, David Backes, Jeff Carter, and Mark Buehrle and animal behaviorists Jackson Galaxy and Tamar Geller will all come together to light candles and lend their voices to raise awareness on cat and dog adoption. In addition to the celebrity participation, people from 139 countries including Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many more will light a candle on Remember Me Thursday. Arms expects there will be more than 100,000 individuals holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message through social media and visiting the Remember Me Thursday website. Michele C. Hollow writes about pets and wildlife for parade and other publications. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Working with Animals, and she write the animal advocacy blog Pet News and Views. You can connect with her on Twitter.