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National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

Show your love and support this National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day - make a difference to an animal in need by adopting a pet today!
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Get ready to give a forever home to an animal in need on National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, April 30! This special day was created to help raise awareness of animals that are up for adoption and encourage more people to open their hearts and homes by giving these lovable pets a second chance. Not only will you be giving an animal the loving home they deserve, but you'll also be gaining an amazing new family member.

History of National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1866</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of ASPCA</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), one of the first humane societies in North America, is established to promote animal welfare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1944</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Founding of HSUS</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a non-profit organization promoting animal welfare, is founded to tackle issues such as pet animal overpopulation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Advent of No-Kill Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The no-kill movement advocating for an end to euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in shelters starts to gain momentum.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div the='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of Petfinder</div><div class='timeline-text'>Petfinder, an online database of animals in need of adoption, is launched, providing a new and accessible way for people to connect with adoptable pets.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Progressive Animal Shelters</div><div class='timeline-text'>Shelters across the country adopt more progressive strategies, such as trap-neuter-return programs for feral cats and community outreach efforts, to reduce euthanasia rates.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Initiation</div><div class='timeline-text'>To promote awareness for the need of shelter animal adoption, National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is officially recognized and celebrated on April 30.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local animal shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to visit a local animal shelter and show your support for animals in need. You could bring some supplies to donate or volunteer with the staff. Getting to know the animals up for adoption can help you find the perfect new pet for your family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Set up a fundraiser to help support your local animal shelter. Host an event such as a bake sale, car wash, garage sale or online auction and use the funds raised to purchase items that are needed at the shelter.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Foster a pet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Fostering is an excellent way to offer temporary housing to animals in need, while helping them get used to living in a home environment before they are adopted out. Animal shelters often provide food, supplies and medical care for fostered pets.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information about National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day on social media, start conversations with friends and family, or even make posters and hang them around town. Any effort to spread awareness will make a difference.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Adopt a pet!</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you’re considering adding a furry friend to your family, National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is the perfect opportunity. Visit your local animal shelter and find the perfect match for you and your family.</p></div></div>

Why National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps reduce overcrowding in shelters</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Adopting a pet from a shelter is one of the best ways to help reduce overcrowding. When more people take animals into their homes, it provides much needed relief and resources for these shelters and gives more homeless pets a chance at finding loving forever homes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It saves lives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By adopting a pet from a shelter, you are giving them a second chance at life. Many shelters have limited resources and cannot keep up with the number of animals that come through their doors each day. Adopting a pet can help save their life and give them the love and attention they deserve.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's cost effective</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Adopting from a shelter or rescue group is usually cheaper than buying an animal from a pet store or breeder. Plus, when you adopt, you often get access to low cost spay/neuter services, rabies vaccines, microchips, and other necessary veterinary care - helping you keep your new fur baby healthy for years to come!</p></div></div>

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When is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day?

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is celebrated on April 30th every year. In 2024, it will fall on a Tuesday.

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