National Pet Day

National Pet Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateApril 11, 2024
2025 DateApril 11, 2025

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National Pet Day History

National Pet Day is dedicated to celebrating pets and acknowledging the joy they bring to our lives. It also serves to elevate awareness about the unending needs of pets, especially those in shelters, and to encourage adoption.

The inception of National Pet Day occurred in 2006, founded by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. Recognized across America, this day invites people to reflect on the value and positive influence pets have in our lives, such as reducing stress, encouraging physical activity, and fostering social connections. For many American families, pets are considered full-fledged members, and this day represents an occasion to show appreciation for their companionship and loyalty.

Celebrating National Pet Day often involves activities that honor pets and tangibly demonstrate love for them. These typically include special treats or meals, extended playtimes, additional cuddles, or even a new toy. Pet adoption events and charity fundraisers for rescue organizations also peak during this period, emphasizing responsible pet ownership and care. National Pet Day is observed annually on April 11 , serving as a reminder of the joy and enrichment pets bring into our lives while underlining the importance of their care and welfare.

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.
  • According to the Insurance Information Institute, 70% of U.S. households (roughly 90.5 million families) own at least one pet in 2021.
  • According to the American Pet Products Association, the National Pet Industry exceeded over $100 million in the U.S. for the first time in 2022. About $42 billion was spent on pet food and treats.
  • 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

Top things to do in the US for National Pet Day

  • 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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