National Pet Parent celebration encourages activities with furry family members this weekend


Across the US, Pet Parents of every variety are celebrating their love of furry family members by dedicating a day exclusively to them.

The ABQ Animal Welfare Department is celebrating National Pet Parents Day on Sunday, April 29. 

Animal Welfare is celebrating pets and the joy they bring into a family and home.  Once a pet is welcomed into the family, that family dynamic is forever changed for the better. 

Welfare wants to showcase Pet Parents who consider their furry friends to be true, beloved family members by offering a prize to the best example of love and acceptance, as demonstrated by a personal story and photo of local fur-babies.

Interested parties should submit their photo and stories to the ABQ AWD facebook page, for a chance to win a stay at Pet-Friendly Albuquerque Marriot, free pet grooming at Groomingdales Pet Spa, and a family portrait (including pet, of course!) by Winstonfoto.

Local businesses are also getting in on the fur-baby love.  AWD has a list of locations that offer discounted items to pet owners who bring their furry family members along with them to the businesses Sunday, April 29th.

Ideas for how to celebrate the day making our beloved pets happy include:

  • Go on a walking tour of your city. 
  • Go shopping together in a pet-friendly store.
  • Plan an overnight camping trip.
  • Visit an off-leash dog park where your dog can romp with other dogs.
  • Go for a run or jog together.
  • Try rollerblading.
  • Snuggle up together in your favorite spot — just you and the dog — and relax.
  • Sing to your dog. (He might try to sing with you!)
  • Play tug-of-war with an old sock.
  • Eat on the patio at a dog-friendly restaurant.
  • Visit a nursing home or hospital and cheer up patients.
  • Take obedience classes to help your dog be a good citizen.
  • Take an agility training class…
  • Then create a backyard obstacle course to practice what you’ve learned.
  • Train to be a therapy dog team.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter and let your pup be an adoption ambassador.
  • Talk to your dog to build her vocabulary.
  • Go for search and rescue training and certification.
  • Give your dog a massage.
  • Read to your dog.
For more information, or to adopt a furry family member, visit the AWD website.

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