National Pet Day

National Pet Day is April 11th in the USA. That critter is a joy to behold — but that’s not all. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been a collaborator in research to evaluate the physical and emotional benefits of owning a pet for the past ten years. Pets can not only steal our hearts, but they can also help us maintain good cardiovascular health by decreasing cortisol, cholesterol, as well as blood pressure.

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History of National Pet Day

National Pet Day was launched in the year of 2006 by Colleen Paige, an animal welfare advocate as well as pet and family lifestyle specialist, to honour the joy that pets can provide to our lives. She additionally wanted to draw attention to the continued needs of many animals of all kinds that are waiting to be adopted in shelters. Rather than going to a breeder, she advised people who wanted purebred cats and dogs to contact rescue organisations. “Don’t go shopping!” “Adopt!” has been the season’s catchphrase.

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Colleen’s holiday began in the United States, but it quickly spread around the world. Pet lovers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Guam, Scotland, as well as many other countries now commemorate the day.

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This day is dedicated to pets; on this day, people take time out of their hectic lives to give their pets additional attention, care, and affection. Pets play an important role in our lives. As a result, National Pet Day is observed every year to commemorate their significance.

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