Since you’ve been in school all day, I want to remind you today is National Pet Day. It always falls on April 11. Colleen Paige founded it in 2006. She was a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate. She wanted to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of animals being abused, and those waiting for adoption
Pet day is a chance to show our pets how much we love them. Think outside the box and celebrate with your pet with some new ideas. Don’t feel bad about giving them too much, they deserve it. After you treat them, take any toys that your dog doesn’t play with and give them to a shelter or other animal welfare organization. I do this all the time, otherwise her toy box is overflowing. If she doesn’t play with them another dog or cat will.
If your parents are on Facebook at all, I’m sure they receive messages about the many neglected and unwanted animals. These animals need even more love and attention. Ask your parents if you can donate food or other supplies. Every little bit helps, even one large bag of dog food may carry them along for a day. I like giving to my local SPCA because I know the food is needed. If you don’t have a pet, look around while you are there. What better day to adopt one? Remember “Adopt, don’t shop.” This is my dog Bugg. We played fetch at the SPCA to see how she reacted to me. I went each day for a week. She liked to run and fetch, but didn’t like to give up her toy. She’s still like that, but that’s okay with me. She’s become my little love “Bugg”. Visit the SPCA and see if you can find your love “Bugg.”
Whether you already have a pet or not, here are some ways you can celebrate the day:
- Adopt a pet from your local shelter or rescue organization.
- Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to care for the animals.
- Donate blankets, food and toys to a favorite animal welfare. I do this all the time. I hate throw them away, if they a little worn. That goes for towels, too. If towels are starting to fray, give them to the shelters.
- Have a National Pet Day party and celebrate all your pets!
- 5. Assist an ill, elderly or a financially struggling neighbor or friend by purchasing pet food, or needed items for their pets.
- Buy your pet a fun new toy….or two…or five.
- Give your pet an extra treat at mealtime. Just have a great evening with your pet(s). If it’s too late today, to tomorrow. It’s never too late to give a little love. Pick one and help a pet.