National Pet Day Is Today
Keith Somers, Editor
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National Pet Day in the United States, is April 11, and is all about appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life. Among the more common ones are gerbils, birds, turtles, fish, and of course dogs and cats.Here are some statistics that you might find interesting—taken from The Humane Society of the US, the American Pet Product Association and the ASPCA:
Most pets come to their new homes through family members and around 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters. More than 35% of cats are strays before finding their forever home.
Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (Millions)
Freshwater Fish 95.5
Saltwater Fish 9.5
Small Animal 12.4
National Pet Day Origin
Celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige founded National Pet Day to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!” and it is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, whose mission is to help animals in shelters find forever homes.
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