Happy almost April everyone. I don't know about you but I'm going to be getting ready to put a lot more time and energy into social media management. If nothing else, for awareness and creating some things that folks will enjoy so that I can stay top of mind with Dogs BOND.
Let's take a look at the 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 APRIL GLOBAL HASHTAGS
MONTH of April: Pet First Aid Awareness Month - The perfect time to talk about your knowledge on common pet injuries. Share a success story about how you helped an injured pet with simple first aid.
April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week – Let’s volunteer to clean up dog waste in our community. Take snaps of useful tools and post them on social media using #pooperscooperweek. We don't have to see them in action of course!
April 10-16: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week – We need to show some appreciation for the hard-working men and women of Animal’s Care and Control. Post a thank you to your vet officers using #ACCAweek – they’re usually the ones partnering with animal welfare organizations to inform us ahead of time before animals are in dangerous situations.
April 10-16: National Dog Bite Prevention Week - Let’s work towards creating awareness for the prevention of dog bites. Use this opportunity to educate your friends, families, and neighbors that any dog can bite, regardless of its breed so they need to ask a human before trying to pet a dog.
April 17-23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week – Let’s raise awareness of the mistreatment of animals. Share a success story about a dog you rescued from a cruelty situation.
April 17-23: National Pet ID Week - Urge pet owners to make sure pets have proper identification. Proper ID tags will help your beloved pet if missing or lost. Sometimes people forget to include all their critical information like name, phone number, and a vet’s number. Share a success story of how you helped a pet with or without an ID.
APRIL DAY CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS
April 1: Today is #AprilFoolsDay but I am not fooling around, it’s also #InternationalBullTerrierDay! Bull terriers are known to be extremely affectionate with people and known for their fondness towards young children. Show us a sweeter side of the bull terriers.
April 2: #EveryDayisTagDay - When your pet is lost, a collar with ID tags might be the first step toward a happy reunion. Share a photo of a good tag that has all the appropriate information.
April 4: #WorldStrayAnimalsDay – A day to reflect upon those animals less fortunate than our pampered pets and ask ourselves what we can do to help stray animals.
April 6: #NationalSiameseCatDay - This is the day we celebrate these most elegant cats. Siamese cats, also known as “Meezers,” are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. The best way to celebrate your Meezer? Give your cat an extra cuddle or two today!
April 8: #NationalDogFightingAwarenessDay - Dog fighting is undoubtedly one of the most vicious sports. This day is ideal to spread relevant information related to dog fighting and reporting such incidents to animal rights organizations.
April 10: #NationalHugYourDogDay - Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both pup and person called “oxytocin,” informally referred to as “the cuddle hormone”. So grab your dog and give them an extra cuddle today. Go on a doggie date.
April 11: #NationalPetDay – Let’s celebrates the joy that pet brings into people’s lives and encourages people to help reduce the number of animals in shelters. Bringing humans and animals together helps make the world a better place. Celebrate your pets, send your favorite photos with them past, present, and even future.
April 18: #PetOwnersIndependenceDay – Just like Cat Herders’ Day to Happy Mew Years for Cats Day, this holiday encourages pet lovers to take the day off from work and send their pets to work in their place!
April 19: #DogParentAppreciationDay - This day celebrates that inseparable bond between humans and their loving canine counterparts. Say thanks to that special person who is a great dog parent.
April 21: #BulldogsAreBeautifulDay - The holiday is a chance for bulldog owners to pamper their beautiful dogs in treats and love. What’s a good name for a bulldog?
April 22: #EarthDay - Earth Day is an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations.
April 23: #NationalLostDogAwarenessDay – There’s always a chance people will be able to find their long lost dogs. We’ve shared dozens of stories like this where dogs are found hundreds of miles away from home. Share a photo, contribute to a search on today’s #NationalLostDogAwarenessDay.
April 24: #NationalPetParentsDay – It’s a great day to treat your pet to a new toy, take them for a drive to the dog park, or spend the day giving them a checkup and grooming to make sure they’re healthy and happy.
April 26: #NationalKidsandPetsDay - This national holiday is a special day in the lives of children and parents, particularly the ones who are enthusiastic about pets. Get a photo from the old photo album and post your kids and pets.
April 27: #NationalLittlePamperedDogDay - Spread the word on social media about your love for your dog with a picture of your dog being pampered. How spoiled is your little dog?
April 29: #HairballAwarenessDay - Hairball Awareness Day reminds people to take care of their cats and pay close attention to their health. Let’s all keep our cats healthy and brush your cat to remove loose and dead hair from it coat.
April 30: #WorldVeterinaryDay - This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April. Let’s promote and highlight the lifesaving work of veterinarians in our community. Tag a veterinarian in your community and celebrate him/her.
Let’s keep going with these social media hashtags, and make sure that our partners have as much headstart on their social media planning as possible. Thanks everyone!