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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

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are still listing us as robots when we like/follow as many of the rescues as we do - so please like/follow us using your social media first so we can hit that "Follow Back" buttons.


@dogsbondgame on all of your favorite social media



MONTH & WEEKS OF OCTOBER GLOBAL HASHTAGS


Oct. 2-8: #NationalWalkYourDogWeekDogs 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. 14: #VetNurseDay - Happy #VetNurseDay to all the nurses who are working day and night to save the lives of animals.


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: #GlobalCatDayDonate 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: #NationalMakeaDogsDayThis 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!




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Last year I was packing up to leave for Ghana. What a time that was! I hope this note finds you happy and healthy. I think the Fall season is coming to the US, and I miss it. There's only tropical weather here, and I don't think I've worn long pants in a year!


The reason why I'm putting this together in a slightly updated fashion and earlier is to keep you aware of the opportunities to celebrate and stay positive about rescue. It's easy to get into the zone of always seeking and asking for funds; but it's important to give the communities we serve something more to think about, including education.


This is September 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

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are still listing us as robots when we like/follow as many of the rescues as we do - so please like/follow us using your social media first so we can hit that "Follow Back" buttons.


@dogsbondgame on all of your favorite social media



MONTH & WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER GLOBAL HASHTAGS




SEPTEMBER DAY CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS


Sept. 1: #GingerCatAppreciationDay - There’s nothing quite like having a furry footed feline friend bombing around the house and being the best buddy a person can ask for. Dogs may be man’s best friend for some, but cats can sometimes be better snugglers. Show us your ginger cat!


Sept. 5: #CanineEnrichmentDay - Looking for some ways to keep your dog happy, healthy and busy? If so try adding in a few mentally stimulating canine enrichment games & activities to your dog’s daily routine. Mental stimulation enriches our dogs' lives by giving them something meaningful and challenging to do.


Sept. 8: #NationalDogWalkerAppreciationDayThis day celebrates the men and women who walk millions of miles each day, exercising and entertaining mankind’s furry, four-legged friends. Dog walkers everywhere deserve a little extra gratitude today.


Sept. 9: #HappyDogDay - Celebrating happy dogs around the world. Who is the happiest? Why do they make us happy? Share stories of happy dogs and how we can make them happy.


Sept. 11: #NationalPetMemorialDay - Today we remember the furry companions that have passed away, these wonderful creatures provide companionship, emotional support and lots of joy. Share photos of your pet that passed on and share a memory you had with it.


Sept. 17: #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay - This is a day on which people are encouraged to educate themselves on their responsibilities as a pet owner and are also encouraged to forge a tighter bond with their pets. When a person gets a dog, they are not only responsible for providing them with adequate housing, clean water, and food, but they’re also responsible for their grooming, training, veterinary care, and their socialization. Owning a dog isn’t easy, but discuss some of the things that make the experience a responsible way to care for an animal.

Sept. 18: #LoveYourDogGroomerDay - Pet Groomers are extremely compassionate individuals that have an incredible amount of love and passion for this career! They deserve to be celebrated as a vital member of the pet professional community. Celebrate this day by posting and tagging your groomers on social media and get them a lovely present for your appreciation.


Sept. 19: #NationalMeowLikeaPirateDay - Cats are a sign of good luck, and believed to be good luck for pirates too! Today is a special day to dress your cat up like a pirate and post it on social media for all your friends to see your pirate kitty.


Sept. 22: #NationalWalknRollDogDay - Today we honor all of our mobility-challenged pets! Whether they use wheels, strollers, drag bags, or something else we honor them and the life lessons they bring! Show us your Walk ‘n Roll pet!


Sept. 23: #AdoptedDogDay - This day is a reminder for people all over the nation to make an effort to help an animal at a pet shelter. Many people live alone and having a pet is indeed one of the best things to keep them company. Share stories, pictures, or videos with your pets on social media and create awareness among people about how cool it is to have a pet. Use #AdoptedDogDay and inspire people to go to a shelter and adopt some pets!


Sept. 24: #WorldsLargestPetWalk - The World’s Largest Pet Walk helps fund the Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program, which includes visiting therapy animal teams that provide comfort and delight to public patrons. Share photos of your walk on social media using the hashtag #WorldsLargestPetWalk.


Sept. 25: #NationalSchnauzerDay - Every day is a day dedicated to all things schnauzer when you're owned by one, but even better is their own dedicated day to share our love of schnauzers, big or small!

We want to celebrate all things schnauzer on 25th September, a day devoted to the love of this very special breed, so let's get social and share our stories, our photos, our adventures, our top grooming tips and get schnauzers trending!


Sept. 28: #WorldRabiesDay - It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this disease. Educate yourself this day and share your knowledge with others.



That's what we've found for this upcoming month of September!


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!




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It's time to start thinking about back to school, and there's going to be a lot of coverage around that. Dogs BOND has been hailed as a triumph in several educational conferences, as well as featured in magazines as a way to promote empathy and compassion - two concepts that you need if you're going to be a good dog parent. Or any kind of parent really. Let's keep things fresh and positive as we all get back to our normal.


I found these upcoming global hashtags and trends that I hope will help 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

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are still listing us as robots when we like/follow as many of the rescues as we do - so please like/follow us using your social media first so we can hit that "Follow Back" button.


Find us @dogsbondgame on all of your favorite social media


MONTH & WEEKS OF AUGUST GLOBAL HASHTAGS


National Immunization Awareness Month - As we've all seen in the past few years, nothing is as important as your health. There are several shots that we all know our young and old fur family members need to get. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

National Wellness Month - Similarly aligned to the National Immunization Awareness Month, it's also a good time to make sure your animal is happy and healthy with mental and physical stimulation in the routine. Evaluate and adapt as your friend may need.


National Dog Month - Two years ago we were in a countdown mode to get to the board game to fruition. This year, we're happy wagging our tails in excitement to do it again!


Aug. 7-13: #InternationalAssistanceDogWeek - Dogs are regarded as man’s closest friends because of their unconditional affection for their owners. By supporting individuals with disabilities, service dogs go above and beyond their typical doggo duties.



AUGUST DAY CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS


Aug. 1: #DOGustUniversalBirthdayforShelterDogs - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all the dogs that are from the rescue system; whose birthday we don't exactly know. What better way to celebrate than by getting them a new plaything, and maybe a copy of Dogs BOND.


Aug. 4: #AssistanceDogDay - There are several types of assistance dogs that deserve recognition and praise for being there for us. Guide dogs and hearing alert dogs help people that have hearing difficulties and vision impairment. There are also seizure alert and medical alert dogs trained to identify the signs of heart attacks, strokes and epilepsy. Today is a special day for our the assistance dog, you know what your dog wants, make your dog feel very special on this day. Be sure to always ask before petting any dog, especially a working dog.

Aug. 5: #WorkLikeaDogDay – A day to work hard and to reward people who work day and night and are very productive. Do you know someone who is a workaholic? Spend the day honoring the hard work they do and celebrate their contribution to the workplace and society by doing something nice for them. Thank your volunteers.


Aug. 8: #InternationalCatDay - Cats are one of the coolest beings on the planet, they are independent, inquisitive, adventurous, have an amazing physique, and the power to heal by themselves at least most of the time. If you have a cat, International Cat Day is the perfect day to have a great time and show love to your baby. Even if you don't like cats, remember to treat them with respect and kindness, take the occasion to spread awareness about respect to cats on your social media.


Aug. 10: #NationalSpoilYourDogDay - Dogs are hilarious and they don’t hold it against us when we make them wear silly hats and sunglasses. Dogs happily slurp any food we drop on the floor. They only want a warm bed, belly rubs and walks. Tell us how you spoil your dogs in your care.


Aug. 16: #SaintRochsDay. Patron saint of dogs – Let’s groom and dress up our dogs in colorful costumes while we also wear matching costumes with our dogs too!


Aug. 17: #NationalBlackCatAppreciationDay - If you don’t already have a black-furred feline friend but have been thinking about adopting one, Black Cat Appreciation Day is an excellent day to visit shelters, many animal shelters, including the ASPCA, run adoption specials for black cats on this day.


Aug. 20: #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay - The best way to celebrate International Homeless Animals Day is by adopting a pet that is left homeless from your nearby areas. Educate people from around you about the importance of adopting homeless pets. dopt a pet and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag.


Aug. 22: #NationalTakeYourCattotheVetDay - Cats and dogs are an integral part of our lives and every day they make us feel more loved and better persons. Cats, in comparison to dogs, are very good liars and they hide the pain like artists. That is why you, as a pet owner, you should never wait until the last moment to take your cat for a veterinary check-up. Take your cat to the vet today for check-up if you've been putting it off.


Aug. 23: #InternationalBlindDogDay - A day to bring together the owners of blind dogs from across the world, to celebrate the amazing things that blind dogs can do.


Aug. 26: #NationalDogDay - Let’s celebrate the joy that dogs brings into people’s lives and encourages people to help reduce the number of dogs in shelters. Post the photo on your phone of that pup.


Aug. 28: #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay - A day set aside to commemorate your beloved pet and the ways they made life better. A day time to celebrate the life of the dogs that have brought us joy, unconditional love, comfort, and laughter through the years.


Aug. 30: #NationalHolisticPetDay - A holistic approach to well-being is nothing new for humans, but applying the lifestyle to household pets is still a growing trend. It starts with the basics of good nutrition, lots of physical exercise, and even mental stimulation. Animals need to be mentally active and challenged or they risk listlessness and boredom. Take some time to learn about caring for your pet with the same generosity you give your own mind, body, and spirit.


Again, all of these are suggestions for the tough job of staying relevant on social media. Building a strong content calendar to keep your audience engaged is very important. Don't make the only time a volunteer, supporter, or donor hears from you when you need funds. Stay top of mind in a "pawsitive" way!



Let’s keep in touch with these social media hashtags, and make sure that our partners have a headstart on their social media planning as possible. Thanks everyone!



-Alex




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