Ginger Cat Appreciation Day was founded in 2014

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day, celebrated annually on Sept. 1, was founded by a Wisconsin software engineer in 2014 to pay tribute to his longtime companion.

Chris Roy of Milwaukee founded Ginger Cat Appreciation Day in 2014, after the death of his orange cat, Doobert. Roy had taken care of Doobert ever since finding him as a stray kitten 17 years earlier.

The feline also inspired Roy to found a company called Doobert, which aims to use information technology to match animals in need of care with specialized rescues and volunteer transporters around the country.

Other holidays and observances for Sept. 1, 2022, include Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day, Chicken Boy Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, National Cherry Popover Day, National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day, National Tofu Day, Pink Cadillac Day, Save Japan’s Dolphins Day, Toy Tips Executive Toy Test Day and World Letter Writing Day.