Did you know that April 11th was National Pet Day? And there is never a bad time to celebrate the pets in our lives. However, this day was actually created to help raise awareness for pets that are in need of a forever home. By showing all the joy that our pets bring us in our lives, we share the love that you everyone can have with our four legged friends.
In fact, according to the official National Awareness Day website, the underlying message is to let the world know that there are, “16,000 pet dying in US shelters on a daily basis. That adds up to 667 animals an hour!” And that is exactly why National Pet day was created.
What can you do on this National Pet Day to raise awareness for pets in need?
You may think that you can’t help because you’re not in a place to adopt a pet. However, that is not true at all! Here are a few ideas we have that may help you learn how to help them.
- Dedicate a month or even a year of spare change savings to donate to a local shelter: National Awareness days points out, “if one million people in America donated $1 a month, that’s 12 million dollars raised!” Put change in a jar for a period of time then choose your favorite animal shelter or cause to donate it to.
- Donate new or gently used items to pets in need: Shelters are always in need of blankets, food, towels and pet friendly cleaning supplies. Run your own drive to help gather materials or simply donate your own.
- Spend time volunteering at shelters: If you love animals, but you are not in the position to have or add one into your life, you can volunteer for events and to care for animals up for adoption.
- Share articles and posts you find: Sometime our pockets and our time are strapped. We can’t always do the things we want to do, like donate or volunteer. But there is something you can do that takes very little time and can make a big impact. Share your town’s posts about animals in need on your social media. Just getting the word out is a big help and it can take only a few seconds while you’re scrolling on Twitter or Facebook. Join and follow shelters and pet advocacy groups then retweet and repost whenever you can.
Now that you know a few more ways to help needy pets, we want to see yours! Share your favorite pic of your pet with us and a cute story about them. We’d love to hear it all! So, tell us about them in the comments below or on a Facebook page. Also, don’t forget to contact us to help care for your precious pup while you’re away from home. After all, love is a four legged friend and we should celebrate them every chance we get.