National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

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Ever feel like there's a feline-shaped or canine-shaped hole in your heart that could only be filled with the love of a shelter pet? Well, have we got the day for you! It’s National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! Hop onto this cozy ride as we meander through the fascinating history of this adorable day.

When is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day?

It's national adopt a shelter pet day on the 27th April.

A Brief History of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day was first celebrated in 2017, reaching a resounding peak in chatter with 19227 mentions online on April 27, and has been wagging tails and purring hearts since then. The day finds its roots in the humanitarian effort to provide homes to shelter animals and promote their adoption.

Why We Celebrate

Pouring affection over these cuddly creatures, many of whom have been abandoned or lost, helps fill their world with joy. Not to mention, it tends to warm our hearts too! This day is an opportunity to highlight the importance of shelter adoption over breeders and affirm the belief that every pet deserves a loving home.

How We Celebrate

Not surprisingly, a majority of the celebrations involve being a part of the solution - adopting! Some people also choose to volunteer at shelters or donate funds or supplies. And let's not forget the inundation of the internet with adorable pet adoption stories and pictures.

Tail End Thoughts

Whether you’re a dog aficionado, a devout cat lover, or just an all-around animal enthusiast, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is a perfect opportunity to advocate awareness about the joy and responsibility of pet adoption.

Did you know?

Did you know, the most adopted pet from the shelter is not a cat or a dog? It's actually a Puerto Rican satos, an all-purpose term for mixed breed dogs!


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First identified

23rd April 2015

Most mentioned on

27th April 2017

Total mentions


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