By Sarah Ribeiro

Spend the weekend with your partner surrounded by each other’s love and your love for animals. Getting a chance to cuddle up with a gentle creature will put the two of you in a loving mood.

Plan a zoo trip with your love — check out the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to find a local zoo that the two of you have never visited. While you’re there, be sure to take photos  not just of the animals, but of you and your sweetheart too. Be sure to let go of your inhibitions and let your inner child show; there’s nothing more endearing than watching your partner get excited over seeing giraffes. Plus, it’s a great photo (or video!) opportunity. At the end of the day, head to the souvenir shop and find something memorable to get each other. It can even be something humorous and tacky, like the typical gorilla stuffed animal holding a heart, so long as you two can make a loving memory out of the gift.

If you’re more of a community-centric couple, try your hand at volunteering. Call up your local animal shelter and see if you can set up a time for the two of you to help them out. Petfinder offers a directory of animal welfare groups where you can volunteer. This day is definitely another “photo op” for you two, as you may get the chance to play with or walk a homeless animal. Be prepared for dirty work, too: most shelters ask for help cleaning and sanitizing cages and kennels, but the work is well worth it. You may find an adorable cat or dog that the two of you are willing to foster or even adopt.

For those who already have enough animals in your life, take them on a date with you. Head to your nearest dog park with your honey. Let your pets play while you sit back and relax with your beau, holding hands and bonding over your love for your furry babies. Or keep them on the leash and take a walk — or even a hike — and take in the new spring weather. Tell each other stories about your first pets, why you love animals and what your favorite furry creature is and why. It’s a great opportunity to get to know each other better and enforce why you love each other.

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