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When is National Pet Day in 2024?

National Pet Day in 2024 is on the Thursday, 11th of Apr (4/11/2024).

National Pet Day is on the 102th day of 2024. There are 264 days left in the year.

National Pet Day Facts

  • Date: Apr 11, 2024
  • Fun
  • Also Called: Pet Day
  • Celebrations: Buying a fun new toy, Book a Pet behavior training at Hannah Pet society
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Observed on April 11, National Pet Day is a day set aside to celebrate pets and the joy they bring to our lives. Two-thirds of American household have pets, and they consider these fluffy animals part of their family. According to ASPCA records, there are approximately 80 million dogs and 96 million cats owned as pets in the US alone. Besides celebrating housed pets, this holiday seeks to create awareness about the plight of pets staying in mills and other rescue centers awaiting adoption. The day further reminds us that we should love our pets always and not just on National Love Your Pet Day observed on 20th February.

History of National Pet Day

Colleen Paige, an Animal Welfare Advocate, founded National Pet Day in 2006 as a means to raise the standards of pets and improve their welfare standards. Paige is also the founder of other holidays looking into the welfare of pets; among them National Dog Day, National Cat Day and National Puppy Day.

According to Colleen, there are a vast number of neglected and unwanted animals that are homeless waiting for someone to adopt them. Pet mills have made the situation worse by focusing more on maximizing profits and neglecting the animals’ welfare. Colleen advocates for the closure of these mills since they don’t contribute to the well being of animals.

How to Celebrate National Pet Day

Pets are our best companions, and they bring meaning to our life. They remain loyal to us even when we treat them to some pet shaming for their wrongdoings. Indeed, you have every reason to celebrate them on National Pet Day.

Do something particularly nice for your pet on this particular day. Buy him a fun new toy, treat him to his favorite meal, or book him for Pet behavior training at Hannah Pet society.

Hire a professional rf5e4w3q2photographer for a fun photoshoot with your fluffy friend. Better still, spend the day taking photos of your pet on your phone and then share them on social media via the hashtag #nationalpetday to join the global conversation with other pet lovers across the globe.

Just like many people do on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, you can also contribute to the welfare of shelters or rescue centers by volunteering your time to care for the animals or by donating blankets, food, and toys. If possible, adopt a pet from your local shelter instead of waiting for National Rescue Dog Day to give one of the dogs a home.

If you have an ill or elderly neighbor who owns a pet, offer to walk the pets or play with them on this day.

What Is Considered A Pet?

The dictionary defines a pet as any domesticated animal kept as a companion and affectionately cared for. Any animal which can lead a healthy life in captivity can, therefore, be raised as a pet. Pets tend to bond well with their owners, and this provides the latter with both physical and emotional benefits.

Although the most common pets include dogs, cats, fish, and birds, many other animals can be considered as pets. According to Wikipedia, rabbits, pigs, and rodents such as gerbils, rats, and guinea pigs can be domesticated and raised as pets. Surprisingly, some people keep reptile pets such as lizards, turtles, and snakes.

In some areas, however, the law dictates what is considered a pet and some animals are prohibited from being kept at home as pets.

National Pet Day vs. World Animal Day

The two days have the same aim; to protect the animal rights and create awareness about their plight to the general public. However, the two days have notable differences.

First, National Pet Day is celebrated on 11th April while World Animal Day is observed on the 4th of October.

Secondly, while National Pet Day looks into pets and other animals that can be raised as pets, World Animal Day focuses on all animals’ welfare whether pets or not.

Interesting Facts about Pets

- With proper attention, goldfish can live up to 40 years.

- On average, cats sleep for 13-14 hours.

- About 7.6 million animals get into animal rescue centers every year.

- Of the 710000 animals that enter rescue centers, most of them are strays that are later returned to their owners.

National Pet Day Observances

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of United States in 2023

SundaySunJan 01, 2023Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 02, 2023Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
MondayMonJan 16, 2023Jan 16M L King Day
MondayMonFeb 20, 2023Feb 20Presidents' Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07Good Friday
SundaySunApr 09, 2023Apr 09Easter Sunday
MondayMonMay 29, 2023May 29Memorial Day
MondayMonJun 19, 2023Jun 19Juneteenth
TuesdayTueJul 04, 2023Jul 04Independence Day
MondayMonSep 04, 2023Sep 04Labor Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Columbus Day
SaturdaySatNov 11, 2023Nov 11Veterans Day
ThursdayThuNov 23, 2023Nov 23Thanksgiving Day
MondayMonDec 25, 2023Dec 25Christmas

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ThursdayThuJan 19, 2023Jan 19National Popcorn Day
WednesdayWedFeb 01, 2023Feb 01National Signing Day
ThursdayThuFeb 02, 2023Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 03, 2023Feb 03National Wear Red Day
ThursdayThuFeb 09, 2023Feb 09National Pizza Day
MondayMonFeb 13, 2023Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 14, 2023Feb 14Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 15, 2023Feb 15National Bagel Day
SaturdaySatFeb 18, 2023Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
TuesdayTueFeb 21, 2023Feb 21National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 22, 2023Feb 22National Margarita Day
FridayFriMar 03, 2023Mar 03National Employee Appreciation Day
TuesdayTueMar 07, 2023Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 12, 2023Mar 12Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 13, 2023Mar 13National Napping Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Walkout Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Pi Day
MondayMonMar 20, 2023Mar 20National Proposal Day
ThursdayThuMar 23, 2023Mar 23National Puppy Day
ThursdayThuMar 30, 2023Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 05, 2023Apr 05National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 06, 2023Apr 06National Burrito Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07National Beer Day
TuesdayTueApr 11, 2023Apr 11National Pet Day
WednesdayWedApr 12, 2023Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 04, 2023May 04National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 14, 2023May 14Mother's Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 02, 2023Jun 02National Donut Day
ThursdayThuJun 08, 2023Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 18, 2023Jun 18Father's Day
WednesdayWedJun 21, 2023Jun 21National Selfie Day
ThursdayThuJun 22, 2023Jun 22National Kissing Day
TuesdayTueJul 11, 2023Jul 11Amazon Prime Day
ThursdayThuJul 13, 2023Jul 13National French Fry Day
FridayFriJul 14, 2023Jul 14National Nude Day
SundaySunJul 16, 2023Jul 16National Ice Cream Day
WednesdayWedJul 19, 2023Jul 19National Hot Dog Day
MondayMonJul 24, 2023Jul 24National Tequila Day
SaturdaySatJul 29, 2023Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
TuesdayTueAug 01, 2023Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 06, 2023Aug 06National Sister Day
MondayMonSep 18, 2023Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
TuesdayTueOct 03, 2023Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Vodka Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Taco Day
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TuesdayTueOct 31, 2023Oct 31Halloween
FridayFriNov 03, 2023Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 24, 2023Nov 24Black Friday
MondayMonNov 27, 2023Nov 27Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 02, 2023Dec 02Candle Day
SaturdaySatDec 09, 2023Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 15, 2023Dec 15National Ugly Sweater day