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National Pet Day is a widely celebrated observance honouring the pets that enrich our lives. It is founded upon the principle of appreciating the joy, companionship, and positivity that pets bring to human lives. The day encourages fostering and adoption of deserving pets and invokes consciousness about the plight of several pets that await a loving home. This annual observance also shines a light on the numerous health benefits associated with pet ownership including lower blood pressure, decreased loneliness and improved mood.
National Pet Day was first celebrated in the United States in 2006 as an initiative by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige, aiming to highlight the unconditional love offered by pets. The observance gradually spread across the globe, including Australia, where pets play a significant role in society. With more than 60% of Australian households owning pets, the significance of National Pet Day in the country is substantial. Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world, demonstrating close and valued bonds between pets and their owners.
In Australia, National Pet Day is observed through various activities including pet-friendly events, adoption drives, and fund-raisers for animal welfare organizations. People are encouraged to show appreciation for their pets through special treats, extended playtimes, and additional cuddles. Veterinarians, pet stores, and other pet-related businesses often run special promotions or educational events. While there isn't a uniform specific date for its observance in Australia, National Pet Day falls generally in line with global celebrations held on the 11th of April each year.
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