April 11 is a day dedicated to the loyal companions in our lives—well, the nonhuman ones, anyway.
Founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, National Pet Day was created “… to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe,” according to its website.
Social media feeds are sure to be flooded with visuals of furry, feathered or scaly comrades featuring the hashtag #NationalPetDay. Last year, the hashtag was trending No. 1 worldwide:
So excited to be trending #1 today on Twitter, both in the U.S. and Worldwide! It just shows how important pets are to their people. 🐾❤️ pic.twitter.com/3s4E0I8zmT
— National Pet Day™ (@NationalPetDay) April 11, 2018
This year, some organizations are offering promotions to encourage pet adoption: