A Year After an Animal Shelter is Set on Fire, Pet Owners Pay Respects Over Twitter

Today, while we are remembering the lives lost on September 11, 2001, animal lovers in England are also recalling another tragedy—the fire at the Manchester Dogs’ Home, which took the lives of as many as 60 animals on September 11, 2014.

Using the hashtag #HugYourHound, pet owners are taking sentimental selfies with their dogs—some who were even survivors of the fire—and posting them on Twitter. The facility is still in the process of being rebuilt, but a portion will reopen this month, thanks to more than $2 million in donations from the public and campaigns.

The cause of the fire was later determined to be arson. Two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17, were arrested and held but charges were eventually dropped.

Want to participate by taking your own #HugYourHound photo? Most dogs don't enjoy "traditional" hugs—squeezing them close can make them feel threatened. (Read other ways humans "annoy" their dogs here.) But you can teach your dog to do a canine-friendly hug that will make for an adorable selfie here.