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National Pet Day: 'Purrfect' day to pamper your pet & adopt a shelter dog or cat

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When it comes to "howlidays," April 11 is going to the dogs....and cats, birds, gerbils, rats, etc... Hip hop hooray - it's National Pet Day! Whether you happen to have a fabulous feline, curious canine, fine-feathered friend or other beloved animal in your home, pets add so much to our lives, don't they? National Pet Day is the "purrfect" day to pamper your pet!

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National Pet Day

National Pet Day is an annual event created by animal advocate, author and Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. National Pet Day not only celebrates our fabulous four-legged friends, but also shines the spotlight on the millions of dogs and cats that end up in shelters waiting for their once-and-furever homes. Sadly, many of these amazing animals never make it out alive.

In an interview, Paige told me,

National Pet Day is a day to celebrate the pets in your life but also to encourage adoption! Almost any pet you might like to add to your family can be found at a shelter or rescue. Pet stores are supplied by animal brokers and puppy and kitten mills which neglect and abuse animals and continue to perpetuate the overpopulation of unwanted animals in this country. Always ADOPT instead of SHOP!"

Black pets, seniors and special needs animals have an especially difficult time finding homes. It is estimated that up to 16,000 pets are euthanized in American shelters every day! 16,000! That is simply unacceptable!

Puppy Mills

The annual event also raises awareness about the horrors of "puppy mills." Did you know some of the cute and cuddly animals in pet stores actually come from puppy or kitten mills where they often endure horrific, inhumane conditions? Many live their entire life confined to a tiny, dirty cage – never allowed to run, jump or fetch outside its cramped confines. Many of these animals become sick and do not receive proper care. Many do not know what it's like to be held or touched. It is truly heartbreaking.

Time after time, we see horrific images on the news or on social media of yet another puppy mill bust. We watch in horror as the animals are brought out - if they are still alive. With an estimated 10,000 puppy mills across America, it's time to put them out of business once and for all! Some cities, including Chicago, are taking a stand against puppy mills!

Adopt, Adopt, Adopt

Please consider opening your heart and your home to an animal from your local shelter or humane society. Give a four-legged friend a furever home - before it's too late. And please - don't shop, adopt!

How to Celebrate National Pet Day

  • Do something special for your pet today. Take Fido or Fluffy for a nice long walk or ride in the car.
  • Treat him or her to a special treat to eat.
  • And a few extra hugs and a nice brushing would be great, too!
  • Consider making a small monetary donation to your local shelter or Humane Society.
  • Donate cat litter or pet food to your local shelter.
  • Consider volunteering your time at a local shelter.
  • Please consider adopting a pet in need and save a life.
  • And if you are unable to adopt, please consider fostering an animal in need. Many organizations are always looking for foster pet parents.

April 11 is also 8-Track Tape Day.

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