If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are definitely not alone—six out of ten pet owners feel the same way! In fact, two-thirds of Americans have pets and the ASPCA estimates that there are 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats owned in the U.S alone. Fish, birds, gerbils, and turtles are not far behind too. There is one thing fur-sure—Americans truly love pets and National Pet Day is the purr-fect excuse to obsess over our furry, feathery, or scaly friends on April 11!
Kittens! Who doesn't love tiny, adorable kittens? ...their big heads, giant eyes, tiny pink paws and noses, and the adorable mews they make.... We can't resist their cute and furry charms. Surprisingly Americans seem to like cats and kittens best: According to the American Humane Society, 95.6 million cats were owned, while 83.3 million households owned a dog. There is certainly nothing wrong with dogs, but a tiny kitten is irresistible! So join us on July 10, as we celebrate National Kitten Day!
The Ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to harness the glory of the feline. Nearly 4,000 years ago, they domesticated our four-legged friends by keeping them near food stores to control vermin and other pests. Cats quickly earned a reputation as great hunters, and later, the Ancient Egyptians worshiped them as gods. For World Cat Day on Aug. 8, we celebrate one of humanity's most ancient pets—although if you're a cat owner, you know that everyday is World Cat Day.
National Dog Day is August 26, so it's time to celebrate the pooch in your life or obsess over the neighbor's puppy. You'd be surprised at our history with pups: dog's evolution into man's best friend dates back to as early as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, when they split from wolves to become more lovable, domesticated creatures. No matter the timeline, the bond between humans and dogs has transcended time and culture and has become an integral part of humanity itself. One thing's for certain, we're so glad that people and pooches joined forces so long ago! So today, gaze upon the adorableness that will be flooding social media, share snaps of your favorite four-legged friends, because it's time to celebrate man's best (and oldest) friend!
Godzilla. Reptar. Yoshi. The Geico Gecko. These are just a few of the famous reptiles we love. But on October 21 it's National Reptile Awareness Day, a day we celebrate the most cold-blooded of our slithering friends. This day is observed to educate and raise awareness of threats to their natural habitats that our reptilian friends face.
Charles Dickens said it best: "What greater gift than the love of a cat?" Some 4 million cats enter shelters every year, and 1-2 million are euthanized—that's a lot of kitties with tons of love to give and a desperate need for a loving home. That's why, on Oct. 29, we celebrate National Cat Day: to raise awareness of these amazing four-legged creatures and encourage Americans all across the country to adopt a kitty of their own.