National Pet Day History: National Pet Day 2023: History, significance and wishes you can send on the day

Did you know that there was a day just to celebrate the unique bond between you and your pet. The day is popularly known as National Pet Day and will be celebrated by people around the world on April 11th. The day is dedicated to your pets and you should acknowledge the joy they bring into your lives.

The day was first launched in 2006 by Colleen Paige, an animal welfare campaigner who used the day to bring attention to the plight of animals that are stuck in shelters across the world.

National Pet Day 2023

Pets are an important part of many of our lives and celebrating National Pet Day gives you the unique opportunity to show undivided attention to your pets, while also encouraging others to adopt pets. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has evaluated the physical and emotional benefits of owning a pet for the past ten years. Pets Day is the right time to visit your local pet shelter and give a needy animal a forever home.

Pets can not only steal our hearts, but they can also help us maintain good cardiovascular health by decreasing cortisol, cholesterol and blood pressure. Find out more about National Pet Day 2023.


Colleen Paige, an animal lover, and reformer launched National Pet Day in 2006 to honor the joy that pets provide in our lives. Here are the complete details about the history of Pets Day.

  • Today, pet lovers in the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Israel, Scotland, and several other countries commemorate National Pet Day.
  • Celebrities have also stepped forward to support the cause. People like Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon have taken it to social media and have supported the cause.
  • Through the Love Your Pet Day initiative, Colleen wanted to highlight the importance of shelters for pet animals.
  • Instead of going to a breeder, she advised to reach out to adoption agencies that rescue cats and dogs from different kinds of sites.
  • “Don’t shop! Adopt!” has been a popular catchphrase for National Pet Day.


National Pet Day is a significant day because it celebrates the noble cause of keeping pets and saving animals from living in bad conditions. While the day was initially only observed in the US, it has started gaining popularity in other countries. In fact, Pet Day has now become a global movement, with celebrities and corporations supporting the cause and spreading the message.

  • Every year, 13 million cats and dogs enter shelters in the United States, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Some were stray animals, while others were surrendered by owners who couldn’t care for them any longer.
  • According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, around 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters each year.
  • National Pet Day brings such insight to the mainstream with the aim of encouraging people to adopt animals instead of shopping for them.

How can you celebrate National Pet Day with your beloved companion?

Today, as National Pet Day becomes a global phenomenon, you can do a number of small things to support your pet and the welfare of other animals. Colleen’s campaign has grown a following with the use of social media and is now popularly used to promote awareness. One of the well-know highlights of National Pet Day was when President Barack Obama released a photo of Bo, the dog he rehomed. Here is how you can celebrate this day:

  • National Pet Day can be the perfect opportunity to make a visit to your local animal shelter and adopt a pet.
  • You can also take the opportunity to donate to NGOs that work for animal welfare.
  • You can volunteer as an animal welfare volunteer on Pets Day.
  • Feed the local animals and give them some pets.

Happy Pet Day Messages and Pet Wishes

1). Money can buy you the best breed of pet but it can’t buy its loyalty and love.

2). Pets have more compassion and loyalty. Let us acknowledge their importance in our life on the occasion of National pet day.

3). Pets give us unconditional true love and care. Let us also reciprocate the same towards them. Happy National Pet day.

4). Your pet is the best friend to cheer you up when you are gloomy.

5). Pets are more loyal and compassionate than most humans. They are true friends and loyal buddies. Wishing you a wonderful National Pet Day to you and your lovely pet.

6). You can buy a pet with your money but you can never buy his love. You are lucky to have such a wonderful dog which loves you unconditionally. Warm wishes on National Dog Day to you.

7). You are truly blessed to have such an amazing pet as your best pal. You are fortunate to have his love and attention. May God bless you both. Best wishes to both of you. Happy National Pet Day.

8). A dog is the only thing that loves you more than yourself on earth and having such a dog in your life is the sweetest blessing from God. Happy National Dog Day to him. May God bless.

9). Pets are very humanizing. They always remind us about giving unconditional love and care to the people who mean the world to you. Warm wishes of National Pet Day to you.

10). Blessed are those who have loving pets in their lives and so you are, as you have the most loving dog who eagerly waits for you and loves you beyond boundaries. Happy National Pet Day 2023.

11). The way you love your pet is like loving your children. And your pet also loves you in return without any conditions. The love of your pet is truly pure. God bless you both. Happy National Pet Day.

12). Having a pet who is always there with you in the happiest and saddest days is like having a blessing from God. You are lucky to have been blessed with your dog. happy National Dog Day,

13). Animals make best friends and your dog is truly your partner is life who loves you the most and cares about you the maximum. God bless your bond of love. Happy National Pet Day.

14). Your little dog is like your heartbeat at your feet. His presence always makes you feel alive and happy. On this occasion of National Pet Day, I pray God for showering his blessings on your love.

Inspirational Pet Quotes

  • “You don’t really know the importance of having a pet until and unless you have one in your home.”
  • “Having a pet helps you have someone in your life who is always going to love you beyond all the conditions and situations.”
  • “A pet is the only thing in this world that loves you more than you love yourself. You are truly blessed if you have a pet in your life.”

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