National Pet Day

National Pet Day Quick Facts - US

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2023 DateApril 11, 2023
2024 DateApril 11, 2024
National Pet Day

National Pet Day History

National Pet Day seeks to show appreciation for all the pets in the world. This day encourages people to love their pets and if possible, adopt those pets in need of a home. It advocates against animal cruelty and violence. It also highlights the importance of providing a home or shelter for unwanted pets.

National Pet Day was created in 2006 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige. It is observed annually on April 11th.

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National Pet Day Facts

  • According to the Insurance Information Institute, 70% of U.S. households (roughly 90.5 million families) own at least one pet in 2022.
  • About 6.5 million companion animals (dogs, cats, reptiles, etc.) enter US animal shelters every year.
  • The most popular pets among U.S. households in 2021 were:
    1) Dog – 69 million
    2) Cat – 45 million
    3) Freshwater Fish – 11 million
    4) Bird – 9 million
    5) Reptile – 6 million

National Pet Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Spend time with your pet. Play with them, get them a gift, show them you love them.
  • Donate to a pet organization or charity that helps improve the lives of cats, dogs, and other animals. Some examples include Alley Cat Allies, Citizens for Animal Protection, and RedRover.
  • Watch a movie exploring the bond between people and their pets. Here are our suggestions:
    Isle of Dogs (2018)
    Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
    Marley & Me (2008)

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