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April 11th is National Pet Day


April 11th is National Pet Day, a perfect time to show your pet how much they mean to you! The pet holiday began in 2007 and was the idea of celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, who is also the creator of other pet holidays throughout the year. 

Need ideas on how to spoil your fur babies on National Pet Day? A trip to the pet store for a new squeaky toy, fuzzy mouse, hay or a bag of new treats as a gift can mark the occasion. On the other hand, spending some quality time with your pet, holding and snuggling them, is just as good to show them how much they mean to you. 

Want to be get more creative? Schedule a photoshoot for them, try making them homemade pet treats, or throw a National Pet Day party and invite all of their four legged friends. But while National Pet Day is all about celebrating pets and the joys they give us, National Pet Day can also be about helping others, both two and four legged.  

Have an elderly neighbor or family member, or know someone who is financially struggling? Surprise them by stopping by with a bag of pet food, litter, bird seed, hay or other needed items for their pet. On your way home, stop by the animal shelter and drop off any donations that you might have like old blankets, beds, or toys. If you want to give your time instead of a donation, sign up to become a volunteer at the shelter to help take care of the animals in the shelter until they find forever homes.  

If you or anyone you know is thinking about opening their heart and home to a pet, go visit a local animal shelter or pure breed rescue organization. After all, love is the greatest gift to give to a pet.