October is so much fun. Halloween isn't a big thing in Ghana, really. But it's still a time where people get together and spend some time together. Something that does happen is the dressing up of the home and pets.
This is a list of October's upcoming global hashtags and trends that I hope will inspire some of our rescue partners in their content creation this month. If you see a day and a global hashtag that you want to use, go ahead! Let us contribute our likes, retweets, and shares to you - just tag us using @dogsbondgame on any of your posts!
CALL TO ACTION
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MONTH & WEEKS OF OCTOBER GLOBAL HASHTAGS
Oct. 2-8: #NationalWalkYourDogWeek – Dogs need plenty of exercise throughout the and the best way to keep them active is to take them for a regular walk. Let’s keep our furry friends healthy and happy in this week.
OCTOBER DAY CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS
Oct. 1: #NationalBlackDogDay - It's not a great fact, but black dogs often get left behind in shelters just because of the color of their fur. Helping to shine a light on Black Dog Syndrome in shelters, this day celebrates the often-overlooked black dogs looking for a forever home.
Oct. 2: #PoodleDay - Does Poodle Day have you pondering the prospect of welcoming a Poodle or Poodle mix into your heart and home? Look for a Poodle rescue in your area, as well as other area animal rescues and shelters. There are a surprising number or labradoodles, shizdoodles, and other poodle mixes that are in shelters.
Oct. 4: #WorldAnimalDay - To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards is essentially the mission of Dogs BOND. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. Visit a zoo today
Oct. 12: #NationalPetObesityAwarenessDay - Pets come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes sizes get a little out of hand. That’s why on this day we recognize NationalPetObesityAwarenessDay to remind people to keep their pets healthy. When your pooch starts getting a little plump, you know it’s time for a few things. More walks, less table scraps, and perhaps even an additional visit to the vet to make sure they’re ready for a weight loss regiment. Obesity in an animal can contribute to so many other hardships so make sure you're aware of what can be done.
Oct. 15: #NationalFetchDay - Fetch may be one of the oldest bonding activities between dogs and their humans. Dogs love to fetch things. On grass, in water, down the hallway, most can’t get enough of the game. Playing it becomes its own reward and lowers the need for positive reinforcement through other means like treats. What are you throwing today?
Oct. 16: #GlobalCatDay – Donate or volunteer to support a program near you. Help protect and control the cat population in your neighborhood in a humane way.
Oct. 21: #NationalPetsforVeteransDay - Pets for Vets helps create second chances & new beginnings for our heroes. These shelter dogs given a second chance at life are able to provide the Veteran with unconditional love and support.
Visit a shelter and offer to pay the adoption fee for a Veteran. Waive adoption fees for veterans. Collect dog/cat toys and donate them to a local shelter. Visit a VA facility and thank the Veterans.
Oct. 22: #NationalMakeaDogsDay – This day is a holiday that encourages people to show their pet a little bit of appreciation for all that they do. Dogs provide us with love, companionship, and security, all without asking anything from us in return. Some dogs are even working dogs that take care of the tasks that either people can’t do or is too dangerous for people to do. Surprise your pet with an experience and share how it goes with us!
Oct. 27: #NationalBlackCatDay - As unbelievable as this sounds, black cats are about half as likely to be adopted as other cats! This is silly but true. Show some love to a black cat or kitten by contacting your local animal shelter to find one in need of a good home.
Oct. 28: #PlushAnimalLoversDay - Plush Animals Day is a great opportunity for you to share your love of your favorite toy with the rest of the world. Try taking them to your Office, school or work-place or by giving your toy an extra special tea party all of their own.
Oct. 29: #NationalCatDay - A day to celebrate cats around the world, the incredible things about them and to encourage adoption as a first choice.
Oct. 30: #NationalTreatYourPetDay - A day to give your pets special treats for being a very good boy/girl. Encourage pet parents this day to treat their four-legged companions with delicious, nourishing snacks, extra love and attention.
Oct. 31: #Halloween - OK, you gotta show me some photos of your pups in costume.
That's what we've found for this upcoming month of October!
I'd love to get your thoughts, feedback, and of course ideas on how I might be able to build this into a greater resource for rescues! Have a great September!