We’re spending April 11th in the best way possible—celebrating National Pet Day and the joy that pets bring to our lives!
National Pet Day was established in 2006 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige to bring attention to the animals that are awaiting their forever homes in shelters around the world.
Adopting a dog brings joy and love into the lives of both pets and owners.
We asked our VetIQ Facebook followers to share photos and stories of their rescued pups with us. We loved reading how pets make such a big difference in their owner’s lives! We’ve shared a few with you below.
Spoiled with Love
This is our baby Fatboy, we rescued him from our local shelter. Or should I say he rescued us. He is our Love, and is spoiled rotten. 😉 – Erica N.
Family of Rescues
All rescues! Headed for a walk in the country… – Aaron C.
Sweet Pea Puppy
This is our formerly “Sweet Pea” now Addison, one of my daughter’s catahoula leopard. She was rescued by Catahoula Rescue Illinois, bless them! Addison is our simple minded wonderfully delightful “childlike” dog. She makes people laugh all the time with her antics and sweetness! – Patricia K.
Kisses and Cuddles
This is our precious 11 year old Tiffany who we rescued from a hoarding situation when she was 3. It took her over a year to look me in the eye & trust me. Soon after we got her, I discovered that she was born on my birthday. She continually kisses us & is always waiting at the door for me when she hears my car. Just a testament to the fact that you can get a breed specific fur baby when you adopt. – Linda K.
A New Year’s Gift
This is my boy Frankie. I wanted an old, smooth name to fit this finer, slower pup and who was he named after? Sinatra. I foster for my local shelter and on New Year’s Day 2 years ago, they called me about him. He was estimated at 15 years old, they had just pulled all but 2 of his teeth due to an infection, and the rescue that was going to take him backed out. His skin and fur was in horrible shape. I picked him up immediately, thinking I was be a hospice for him due to his age and health. I ended up adopting him a month later after people kept emailing with interest and after finding out his age, no longer had interest. It has been 2 years and 2 months and this boy is in great shape and going strong! He had an old microchip in that the shelter didn’t find, so I called the maker. They didn’t have owner info but they gave me the name of the hospital that placed it, located 2 states away. I called them and they told me he was 14 years old and had only been seen once. They also told me his name, which was FRANKIE! It was meant to be. He has brought so much joy to me and my other dog and I can’t imagine life without him. He is such a feisty character and I hope he gets to stay around for as long as possible! – Nioaka B.
Who Rescued Who?
My boy Jim def rescued me. He loves me unconditionally. He’s always happy to see me. He’s my comforter when I am sad. I’m so blessed. – Laura A.
This is our dog, Blackie. My hubby was traveling in Vicksburg, MS for work. He stopped at a gas station for a pack of gum. He saw a small black puppy and immediately thought he was dead. When he bent down, the puppy cried. He was very small with no hair. He had a severe case of mange. He scooped him up and took him to a local vet, told the vet that he was going to in town until Friday. Paid him some money for treatment and came back Friday and picked him up to bring back to Baton Rouge. That was 8 years ago. Blackie is the best dog, he lights up my world. I love his sweet face, his playful side and his expressions crack me up. I love how his tail makes a question mark the best! He is a joy and my heart!!!!! – Jaime B.
How to Celebrate National Pet Day
We’re thankful that our Facebook followers shared these precious photos with us! If you’re wondering how to celebrate National Pet Day and those furry friends that make life so much better, we have a few ideas for you.
Here are a few ways to celebrate National Pet Day and help animals in need:
- Adopt a pet!
- Become a volunteer at a local shelter
- Donate blankets, food, and toys to your favorite animal non-profit
- Take photos of you and your pup to share on our VetIQ page!
- Spoil your best friend with favorite treats or toys