MICHIGAN CITY — A special candle was lit for "Marley" during the Michiana Humane Society's seventh Remember Me Thursday observance on Sept. 24.

"We really appreciate all of you coming out to join us tonight," said Humane Society Executive Director Johanna Humbert.

"Many of you remember Marley either from here in the shelter when he first arrived, or from after he was adopted," she said. "His adopting family created a bucket list and accomplished pretty darn near everything on the list before Marley finally went over the Rainbow Bridge a couple of weeks ago."

Humbert said Marley drew attention to animals that arrive at the shelter with health, behavior or other issues and need somebody special to invest time on them and provide the best life possible (for more see the article on Marley in this section of the website).

She also thanked the shelter staff for cleaning the cages, walking the dogs and making sure everybody is in their best possible state.

"And because of what they do, these animals mean a heck of a lot to them."

Humbert then read "A Prayer for the Animals;"

Hear our humble prayer for our friends the animals,

especially for animals who are suffering;

for any that are lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;

for all that we must help to end their misery.

We entreat for them all the world's mercy and pity.

And for those who care for the animals we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.

Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals, and so to share the blessings of the merciful. Amen.

Prior to the ceremony Humbert said the Michiana Humane Society can always use cash donations and has had to pay for more spay/neuter surgeries than normal because none took place for two months.

She said once the operations could happen again they had to "go to every vet we could to get them caught up."

Fosters for shelter animals also are needed.

"We have a bunch of kittens in-house right now that aren't big enough to be spayed and neutered," Humbert said.

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