National Specially-Able Pets Day – May 3, 2023

National Specially-Abled Pets Day is observed on May 3 to encourage people to adopt, love, and support differently-abled pets. Owners of differently-abled pets participate in the celebration by sharing their experience of caring for a specially-abled pet and the challenges and breakthroughs of the journey. The holiday, formally known as Disabled Pets Day, educates the public about caring for disabled animals and their special needs. A disabled pet can add tremendous joy to your life.

History of National Specially-Able Pets Day

National Specially-Abled Pets Day provides an opportunity to consider adopting a specially-abled animal and learn about its special needs. Navigating life as specially-abled can be almost fatal. Surviving in the wild with a broken limb or lack of vision results in almost immediate death. You can change the course of their life by bringing them into the comfort of your home.

The day honors the guardians who care for specially-abled pets and sheds light on the challenges that come with taking on such a responsibility. The journey is not easy, but it is worth it, says Colleen Paige, who dedicated May 3 as National Specially-Abled Pets Day in 2006. The experiences with specially-abled pets can be different for all people. People get to learn the intricacies of raising a pet in challenging circumstances while keeping up with their daily needs.

Disability in pets is not uncommon and can be caused by several reasons, including old age, diseases, injuries, and so on. With love and care, they can move past their conditions and live their best lives. Pets with disabilities are unfairly overlooked when it comes to adoption. When bringing a pet home, think about the change in scenery and the measures that you can take to make their stay as peaceful and resourceful as possible. The goal of the day is to raise awareness of how great the company of a pet, regardless of its physical limitations, can be for people.

National Specially-Able Pets Day timeline

2004
The Beginning

Dog behavior expert Colleen Paige designates August 26 as American Dog Day and kickstarts her foundation.

2006
The Day Is Announced

After the success of American Dog Day, Colleen Paige announces May 3 as Disabled Dogs Day.

2007
Career Advancement

Colleen Paige publishes her new book titled “The Good Behavior Book for Dogs.”

2018
A Change In Tune

In response to the negative connotation of the title, Colleen Paige renames Disabled Pets Day as National Specially-Abled Pets Day.

National Specially-Able Pets Day FAQs

What are the nutritional requirements of disabled pets?

Disabled pets must have access to fresh water at all times. Their diet can include a stealth amount of fiber for ease in bowel movement. Other nutritional requirements must be consulted with a vet.

What is the best way to calm an anxious dog?

Gentle patting on the back, massages, and gentle embraces are the best ways to deal with an anxious dog.

How can I help my disabled dog?

Tend to their immediate physical needs such as a wheelchair or a K-9 cart, keep up with their daily hygiene and nutritional requirements, and practice patience while dealing with them.

How to Observe National Specially-Able Pets Day

  1. Adopt a pet

    Add stability, security, and warmth to the lives of the unfortunate by bringing them into your care. A pet can be a lovely addition to your family. This may skip the line of healthy labradors and foxy felines and adopt a specially-abled pet with a squinty eye or a limping foot. You will not regret it.

  2. Foster a pet

    Unable to sign up for a long-term commitment? That’s okay. You can always foster pets and look after them before they meet their permanent family. Fostering is a great way to experience the tricky journey of pet parenthood and clear out all your doubts.

  3. Sponsor to charitable organizations

    Disabled pets need medical assistance that can scale up to thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, many animals are put down due to the high cost of medicine and care. This May 3, head to your local veterinarian and offer volunteer hours or sponsor treatment for disabled pets seeking treatment.

5 Tips That Can Make Your Disabled Pet’s Life Easier

  1. Keep your home’s furniture stable

    Stick to your home’s original furniture pattern, as disabled pets memorize the floor arrangements to avoid future bumps.

  2. Place scent markers at distinct locations

    Place oil-based scents around the house to act as a safe guide for your visually challenged pets.

  3. Establish a routine

    Follow a familiar pattern to promote security and stability in pets.

  4. Maintain good hygiene

    Keep a check on their bodily hygiene, as disabled pets may be unable to use self-cleaning measures.

  5. Get regular checkups at the vet

    Ensure frequent visits to the vet to keep up with their good health and high spirits.

Why National Specially-Able Pets Day is Important

  1. They deserve our love

    Disabled pets, because of no fault of their own, are condemned to a cruel and challenging fate that no one deserves. Humans can and must step in to ease their burdens and give them a chance at a happy and fulfilling life.

  2. They need our care

    Animals can take care of themselves with no human intervention. They can gather food and keep themselves clean and healthy. But disability of any kind, such as mobility issues, blindness, deafness, and other physical challenges, impair their ability to conduct daily functions. Therefore, disabled pets need shelter and love more than their abled counterparts do.

  3. They challenge our perspective

    Dealing with a disabled pet is indeed challenging, as they add financial and emotional strain on a household. Caring for and tending to a disabled pet redefines the notion of unconditional love in your life.

National Specially-Able Pets Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 3Tuesday
2023May 3Wednesday
2024May 3Friday
2025May 3Saturday
2026May 3Sunday

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