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Saturday, April 9, 2016

National Pet Day


 April 11th is National Pet Day!  I am lucky enough to have a pet Boxer who loves me and I love him!  This day is about appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life.  Did you know that there are approximately 86.4 million pet cats and 78.2 million pet dogs living in the United States today?  And that is not even counting all the gerbils, birds, turtles and fish that are the next most common pets to own.  I know that my Boxer is totally part of my family.  I guess I'm not along on that feeling as six out of ten pet owners feel the same way!

There are tons of books and movies based on our love for our pets.  The Shiloh trilogy by Phillis Reynolds Naylor, Old Yeller by Fred Gipson, Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls are just a few examples of books that were written about the love of pets.  All these were made into movies as well.
 
National pet day was founded by Colleen Paige, who is a pet and family lifestyle specialist and animal welfare advocate.  She did it to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption and to find animals in shelters find forever homes.  The motto for the holiday, “Don’t shop!  Adopt!”  Did you know that shelters are homes for more than just dogs and cats?  I didn’t until my friend told me that she was going to adopt a rabbit from a shelter.  I found out that shelters also take birds, horses, cows, sheep, goats and other small animals.  Who knew?

So celebrate National Pet Day by taking your dog on an extra-long walk, give your cat a little catnip or just cuddle up with your bunny.  Not a pet owner yet?  The library has some great resources to help you pick the right pet for your family.  You know fish make fun pets.  Watching them swim around the tank is so relaxing.  Or maybe a bird is the right choice for you.  We have gooks on everything from rats to sugar gliders to horses.  Come check it out. 

Here are some ways to celebrate National Pet Day:

1.  Adopt a pet from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization.
2.  Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to care for the animals.
3.  Donate blankets, food and toys to a favorite animal welfare organization.
4.  Have a National Pet Day party and celebrate all your pets!
5.  Spend the day taking photos of your pets and then post them on Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat.
6.  Buy your pet a fun new toy...or two...or five.  :) 

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