National Pet Day History, Timeline and How to Observe

Discover the origin, key events and ways to celebrate pets.

History of National Pet Day

Colleen Paige, the Animal Welfare Advocate and a Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert was the person who founded the National Pet Day in 2005. She brought attention to the ongoing needs of pets that are waiting to be adopted. She encouraged people to adopt pets from rescue centres rather than from breeders. She promoted and spread the cause of pets around the world per day.

Traditions of National Pet Day 2023

On National Pet Day you can love and spoil your furry friends to the fullest.

Take them out for walk, drive, and buy them treats and toys

On this day, kids can convince their parents to adopt a pet and add a new member to their family

National Pet Day is the best time to get a check-up or vaccination done of your pet

Throw away any unsafe and unused item of your pet

Also, maintain your home in a pet-friendly way

If you have a dog, you can check the collar to make sure that the tags are secure

How to Observe National Pet Day

You can observe National Pet Day by taking supplies to pets in shelters

You can help a friend with pet who is recovering from an illness in taking care of the pet during his/her illness

You can adopt a pet to give it a home

Pamper and give your pet enough love

On National Pet Day, you can adopt not just cats and dogs but animals like rabbits, horses, birds and reptiles etc.

This is the day to shower love to your pet

Some Interesting Facts

There are over 200 million stray dogs in the world

There are 2 million animals who die every year in shelters

94% of families with an autistic child are benefited from having a pet

Owning a dog decreases the risk of death by heart diseases to 36%

5000 to 7000 tigers are kept as pets in the US

Things that Egyptians Do for their Pet

Egyptians mourned for their pets in the public

In ancient Egypt, death penalty was given to people for killing a cat (even if by accident)

The Egyptians valued and shielded their cats

Egyptians were unpredictable with pet names

They named their dogs but not their cats

Egyptians kept several animals as pets like baboons, monkeys, fish, gazelles, birds, etc.

Why we love National Pet Day

Because most people have pets and hence, they love to celebrate a day dedicated to their pets

For most people, pets are like part of their family

Pets are fun to be with

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