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When will this Day be celebrated?  July 26th of each calendar year.

What is National BOOP Your Pet Day? 

National BOOP Your Pet Day is a celebration of the love, trust, and appreciation of the bond between pets and their people. The “BOOP” – that small physical interaction of touching your nose against your pet’s nose – is such a small gesture that often happens without thinking but signifies so much! This show of affection says, “I see you” and “you make my world a happier place” and “thank you for loving me unconditionally because I love you unconditionally, too”. This National Day captures the Animal Protective Association of Missouri’s vision that every pet has a safe, loving home. On this day, pet owners around the country can BOOP their pet and share their photos, bringing knowing smiles to thousands as we collectively honor the furry friends who share space in our homes and hearts.

Why is this day being created?   

For 100 years (officially on July 26, 2022), the APA Adoption Center has been connecting people and pets, creating new families and nurturing deep connections for life. As we thought about the values of our organization – enthusiasm, hope, and optimism – we wanted a celebration that reflected those feelings when a pet finds its family and both are furever changed and believe the nose BOOP captures that connection in a universal way.

How should this day be observed?  

People and their pets can celebrate National BOOP Your Pet Day by doing what they do naturally – touch noses – and then snuggle, giggle, play, whatever connects them – and then share their photos and videos on social media using #boopyourpetday so that pet lovers around the world can celebrate and appreciate the bond with their pets. And maybe, just maybe, encourage someone thinking about adding a dog, cat, bird, or guinea pig (the options are endless) to their family into taking the leap and adopting a shelter pet!


Who created this day?  This day was created by Animal Protective Association of Missouri in 2022.