Founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet Author Colleen Paige, National Pet Day is celebrated each year on April 11.
Colleen created the day to "celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe."
We have compiled a list of some things you can do to celebrate today, or any day...
Ways You Can Celebrate National Pet Day
- Adopt a pet from your rescue organization or shelter
- If you're not ready to adopt, please consider fostering
- Host a National Pet Day gathering or party - invite your friends and celebrate our love of pets at your home, the park, or anywhere that works
- Spring Clean and donate to your local shelter - they almost always need used blankets and towels, as well as cleaning supplies, dry food, toys, copy paper, etc. (contact your local organization to find out what's most needed)
- Get your friends or co-workers involved too - be the drop off point for donations and take them all to the shelter
- Get your crafty friends together for a fun-filled afternoon making no-sew blankets or toys to donate to your local shelter. Check out these easy tug toys we made.
- Get outside and play with your pets - go for a walk or hike, play ball in the yard, or just lounge on the deck
- Volunteer at your local shelter - whether you have pet experience or not, they are always looking for help
- If your pet loves car rides, take them for an extra long one today
- Organize a fundraiser for your local shelter - have a yard sale, schedule a Paint Night with friends, donate a portion of the proceeds of an item you sell on etsy, etc.
- Take your pet out for a special toy or treat - whether it's a visit to the pet supply store or ice cream place, I'm sure they'll love it
- Schedule a photo session with your pets - DIY-it at home (don't forget some selfies) or hire a pet photographer
- Share photos of pets looking for their forever homes on social media - visit your local shelter or rescue organization's page and share, share, share!