National Pet Day

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 22, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Mar 22, 2022
Fact-checked by Vikhaash Sundararaj
National Pet Day is for all pet lovers.

Where is National Pet Day celebrated?

People across the United States of America observe National Pet Day on April 11th every year.

Who is National Pet Day celebrated by?

Anyone who bears an undying love for animals celebrates this day for pets.

When did National Pet Day first start?

National Pet Day was celebrated for the first time in 2006.

Who started National Pet Day?

This special day was founded by the animal welfare worker and pet lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige.Cats are one of the most popular pets in America

History And Timeline

Here are some historical titbits to enlighten you about a few significant events concerning the lives of animals.

Domestication Of Wolves

The Asian wolves were domesticated for tracking games. Eventually, they came to be called 'dogs'.

12,000 B.C.

Taming Wild Cats

In Egypt, felines were allowed indoors so that mice could be eradicated. This marked their entry into households as guests.

3,000 B.C.

Emblem Of Power

During Renaissance, pets were maintained by the members of the upper hierarchy. These included the priestly class and the aristocrats.

500-1,800 A.D.

Introduction Of The Term 'Pet'

The term 'pet' was used to imply 'small'. This was introduced in the English language to denote 'an animal kept as a favorite'.

1,500 A.D.

Unique Animals In Novel

Lewis Carroll's novel 'Alice in the Wonderland' portrays rabbits, mice, and cats in a different light.


Traditions And Customs

Since this day was founded with the aim of finding forever homes for innocent rescued animals, people take up the responsibility of a helpless shelter dog or cat. On this day, every Zoophiles advocates for the rights of shelter animals by motivating people to donate pet food, toys, blankets, and other resourceful objects to shelters.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate National Pet Day

You can retrace your footsteps to a local shelter and get yourself a pet as the best way to observe this auspicious day would be adopting a dog or cat instead of purchasing one from pricey shops.

Many people offer to volunteer at shelters and help clean, feed, and even play with the pets. To make your pet feel special, you can take it out for a walk or just watch some dog movies like 'Air Buddies'.

You can even cook some tasty meals or get an appointment at the pet spa!

Facts And Stats

  • Did you know that the motto of this holiday is 'Don't shop! Adopt!'? The aim was to encourage people to embrace animals from rescue shelters as house pets.
  • The motto of the day is to ensure a better life for the abandoned and homeless pets because around four million dogs end up in shelters among which approximately 1.2 million get euthanized.
  • Collen Paige, the founder of National Pet Day, is also the founder of National Cat Day, National Puppy Day among others.

Is today National Pet Day 2021?

 If you're waiting for the nationwide celebration of pets day then bear in mind that this special day is observed on April 11 every year.

Why do we celebrate National Pet Day?

National Pet Day is celebrated by pet parents as well as animal lovers throughout America to display their love for their darling pet animal because each pet deserves affection, care, hugs, and kisses.

Which country celebrates National Pet Day?

This day is acknowledged by pet owners and animal enthusiasts residing in America.

How do we celebrate National Pet Day?

This day is for the beloved pets so take some time out and indulge in some fun and creative activities.

How did National Pet Day start?

 This day started with Colleen Paige's initiatives of inducing public awareness regarding pet health and the adoption of pets.

What is the Significance of National Pet Day?

The day plays a vital role by reminding people of the joys of rearing pets. It educates people about the importance of safety and wellness in a pet's lifestyle.

Who started National Pet Day and when?

Colleen Paige started this day in 2006.

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Sunday, April 10, 2022
  • Monday, April 10, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Where Do They Live?

United States
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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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Fact-checked by Vikhaash Sundararaj

Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in International Business

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Vikhaash SundararajBachelor of Fine Arts specializing in International Business

With a background in International Business Management, having completed his degree at the University of Hull. Vikhaash has volunteered with 'Teach For India' to help students create a monthly newsletter. In his free time, he enjoys sports and was the assistant captain of his school's hockey team. He has also gained marketing experience through an internship at Decathlon Sports India.

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