In the UK, about 1 in 2 households have a pet with around 20 million pets (excluding fish) being looked after. Of this population it’s estimated that there are about 8.5 million dogs and 7.4 million cats kept as pets. This month National Pet Month Starts, running from 1st April to the 1st May.
The purpose of National Pet Month is to promote responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns. They want us to all celebrate the benefits of our pets and encourage fundraising for the nation’s more needy pets. There are a host of things you can do to get involved as a responsible pet owner and there are plenty of suggestions to help have fun promoting responsible pet owning and or raising some money.
National Pet Day from the US suggests anything from - adopting a pet from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteering at your local shelter and offering to care for the animals. Donating blankets, food and toys to a local animal welfare organization. Host your very own Pet Day party and celebrate all your pets! See if an ill, elderly or a financially struggling neighbour or friend needs help with their pets. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot with your animals!
If you want to find out more about UK National Pet Month you can download a supporters Toolkit here. They say, “There’s something for everyone, whether you want to put on an educational or fundraising event, plan a pet-related lesson or just display a fab pet-related poster, there’s something there for you.” They also have lots of competitions and news on their website.