Celebrating Rad Dads

This time of year is all about celebrating dads! There are tons of awesome human dads out there, but did you know that there are also a lot of great animal fathers? Seahorse dads are one of the few male animals who can be pregnant—they keep all the eggs in a pouch on their torso. After a penguin mom lays her egg, the penguin dad keeps it warm by holding it between his feet for two months while the mom goes out to feed. Animal dads love their babies just like human dads.

Think your dad is the best? Show him you care with these ideas for celebrating a day that’s all about dad!

Tips for an Animal-Friendly Father’s Day

  1. Instead of fishing, try an animal-friendly activity like hiking, bird-watching, or going to the beach!
  2. Lots of dads love to fire up the grill in the summer. Grill veggie dogs, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, cauliflower steaks, or even fruit like watermelon or pineapple (sounds strange, but trust us on this one).
  3. Watch Finding Nemo with your dad to celebrate a dad’s love for his kid and to learn how “Fish are friends, not food!”
  4. If you and your family are ready to bring a companion animal into your home, Father’s Day would be a great time to visit a shelter and adopt. Your father could get to feel like a new dad again! Even if you aren’t ready to adopt, visiting a shelter to help take the dogs out on a walk would be a super-fun Father’s Day activity.
  5. Print out and color this card to give to your dad.