Here’s Why National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Should Be Celebrated

Adopting a dog could change your life.

April 30th is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, making this a perfect time to expand your family by four furry paws! According to the ASPCA, shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, which is great news for animals and humans alike. From more shelters embracing a streamlined open adoption process to foster programs and coverage of basic vet needs, adoption is easier than ever.

We salute animal lovers who are doing their part to move pets out of shelters and into happy forever homes. Not only does adopting save an animal’s life, but it also improves your own health and happiness in myriad ways. We’ve partnered with PEDIGREE® to celebrate the champions of shelter dog adoption, and we hope you’ll join us! Share your shelter dog adoption story using the hashtag #WhyIAdopt on Twitter and we’ll feature the best photos and posts right here in a gallery sure to inspire others to adopt.

Adopting a dog is a great way to spread the love and build a lifelong bond with your pet. At PEDIGREE® we believe that adopting a dog in need helps us just as much as it helps them—and that healthy, nutritious food can help keep that special bond strong for the long run.