National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

Quick Facts

2021 DateApril 30, 2021
2022 DateApril 30, 2022
National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day History

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day seeks to raise awareness about the many pets waiting to be adopted. This day encourages those with the time and resources to adopt a furry friend. Adoption can be a great choice for the pet and the owners. Both can benefit from one another’s company.

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day seems to have been started in 2015 as a way to encourage adoption. It is observed annually on April 30th.

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Facts

  • In 2020, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (B.C. SPCA) saw an increase of pet adoptions. They saw applications in the hundreds for puppies.
  • As of 2019 there were 170 humane societies and SPCA shelters across Canada's provinces and territories.
  • In 2019, strays were the largest percentage of cats and dogs taken to Canadian shelters at 50% and 42% respectively.

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • If you have the time and resources, adopt a pet and provide them a home.
  • Donate to local animal shelters.
  • Watch a movie where people adopt pets. Here are our suggestions:
    Dog Days (2018)
    The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
    Hotel for Dogs (2009)

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day - References and Related Sites

humanecanada.ca: Animal Shelter Statistics
www.cbc.ca: High Demand for Pets

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