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:
Did you know that this Thursday is #NationalPetDay? Here at OCHS, we are celebrating National Pet Day all week! 🐾🎉
For a limited time, we are reducing our adoption fees to only $50!!!
Hurry into OCHS! This special will only run from 4/9-4/13. pic.twitter.com/rdIWBdu2Wn
— Oktibbeha County Humane Society 🐾 (@ochsms) April 8, 2019
— WoodfordHumane (@WoodfordHumane) April 9, 2019
Here’s how some celebrities have celebrated the day over the years:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 11, 2016
This is the moment we met. He was trying so hard to stay seated even though he desperately wanted to get out. I knew right away that he was coming home with me, so I took this video to always remember our first hello. Rescue dogs are the best dogs!! #NationalPetDay pic.twitter.com/XjWxPWGDPu
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 11, 2018
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 11, 2017
Want to work for an organization dedicated to protecting and finding homes for animals? Here are a few choice openings:
- American Humane is seeking a national director of development in Washington, D.C.
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is looking for an internal communications coordinator in New York City.
- The Anti-Cruelty Society seeks a director of individual and corporate giving in Chicago.
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