Tomorrow, April 11, is National Pet Day. This annual celebration encourages adoption from local shelters and is also a good time to reflect on the benefits of having a pet. Not only can it teach children responsibility, but caring for a pet can also teach love, compassion and respect for nature. We’re celebrating by sharing some of the many wonderful photos we’ve received of sponsored members with pets and other animals.
Gloria, the mother of a sponsored child in Colombia, gives the family cat, Chepe, a big hug. Despite what some may think about cats, he does seem to be enjoying the attention.
Millicent, the mother of a sponsored child in Kenya, smiles because her chickens represent stability for her family. She also keeps a fishpond, though the fish were less willing to be photographed.
Cat or dog? Sponsored child Keily from Guatemala chooses both!
Kiria, an enterprising sponsored elder from Kenya, saved up his sponsorship benefits so he could purchase livestock. He comes from a long line of herdsmen, and doesn’t let the loss of a leg stop him from joining in that tradition.
Sponsored child Ever, 11, from Colombia loves spending time with his dog, Toby.
This 2014 photo of Africa communications liaison Regina Mburu was taken on a Kenya awareness trip. It’s a great reminder to everyone to go home and give your pet a hug and a kiss!
Happy Pet Day!