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!
Why We Love National Pet Day
A. They make the best companions
Pets make the most loving and devoted creatures. They cure our loneliness and stress, mold their schedules to us, and often become integral members of our families. Their love is for paw-ternity.
B. They help us keep up with routines
Loving and caring for a pet brings structure and meaning to our lives. Scheduling walks, playdates, and feeding times allows us to plan our days with discipline, makes us more likely to stick to routines, and teaches us time management skills. Sometimes our pets can be the reason we get out of bed each morning. What makes a better motivator than our favorite furry friends?
C. They bring meaning to our life
At the end of the day, having a pet means that you have invested in another life. You develop a mutual dependency upon each other and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you are needed and loved. They are paws-itively amazing.
How to Celebrate National Pet Day
1. Have a fur family dinner
Make a reservation at a dog-friendly restaurant, post up in a cat cafe, or prepare a pet-friendly meal at home. The paw-sibilities are endless!
2. Catch up on the classics
Remember Marley and Me or Lady and the Tramp? Or even more recent movies, like Zootopia or The Secret Life of Pets? Cuddle up with your furry friend and watch your favorite animal movie. Hey, they might even understand the parts with barks and meows, right?
3. Have a photoshoot
Capture your favorite moments with your pet with a playful photoshoot. Post the funniest photo from the shoot on social media—who knows, maybe they'll become internet famous!
National Pet Day - Survey Results
FULL RANKING OF THE MOST POPULAR PETS
#1: Dog (45%)
#2: Cat (30%)
#3: Fish (9%)
#4: Bird (e.g. parakeet, cockatiel, parrot, etc.) (5%)
#5: Hamster/gerbil/mouse (2%)
#6: Horse (2%)
#7: Snake (2%)
#8: Guinea pig (1%)
#9: Lizard (e.g. iguana, chameleon, gecko, etc.) (1%)
#10: Tarantula (1%)