Today, April 30th, is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. This day was created to raised awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting on, or needing a home. If you are looking for a pet and able to care for one, consider adopting. Today can be also celebrated by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on social media using hashtag #AdoptAShelterPetDay #WhyIAdopt.

According to ASPCA, 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year. In 2011, the estimated number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from 7.2 million. Thank you to all the animal lovers who are doing their part to move pets out of the shelters and into a loving home. Pets help improve your health and bring happiness in so many ways. Adopting can save their lives, and even the owner’s. Pets are proven to help relieve stress, which can cause fatal heart attacks and stroke.

For over 150 years, ASPCA has worked around the clock to put an end to animal abuse and neglect. Make a life-changing difference for animals across the world by donating. Your donation is tax deductible and will help fight cruelty against pets