National Pet Day

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2024 Date11 April 2024
2025 Date11 April 2025

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National Pet Day History

National Pet Day is dedicated to appreciating the joy, companionship, and positivity that pets bring to human lives. The day also encourages fostering and adoption of deserving pets and invokes consciousness about the plight of several pets that await a loving home.

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.

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. National Pet Day is held on the 11th of April each year.

Facts about National Pet Day

  • Having a pet in the home can reduce a child's likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent.
  • Dogs have almost 220 million smell-detecting cells, compared to the mere 5 million in humans.
  • The average pet fish has a 3-second memory, while goldfishes can remember things up to a few months.
  • Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates globally. Around 61% of households own a pet, with dogs being the most common, followed by cats, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • It's illegal to own a rabbit as a pet in Queensland, Australia unless you can prove that you're a magician.

Top things to do in Australia for National Pet Day

  • Spend time with your pet. Play with them, get them a gift, show them you love them.
  • Participate in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk: Though it usually takes place in May, you can plan early. It is a charity walk organized by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals where pet owners come together to raise funds for animals in need.
  • Attend the Sydney Dog Lovers Show: An annual event in Sydney that showcases a wide range of pet products, doggy demonstrations, and famous pups from Instagram.

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