National Pet Day is an unofficial holiday that takes place every year on April 11 and encourages people to appreciate the role that pets play in our lives.
People with pets are encouraged to give them the extra appreciation that they deserve on this Pet day.
The day also brings awareness to those pets who need the most attention, the ones in shelters who are in need of a home.
It is estimated that in the United States around 80 million households have pets, of which 80 million are dogs and 86 million are cats.
In 2006, Pet & Lifestyle Family Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Page, thought that it was important to have a day to celebrate the happiness that having a pet brings.
The day also serves as a reminder of the love that animals bring into the lives of their owners, and how important it is to spend time with them.
On this day people are encouraged to volunteer at shelters, whether they already have pets or not. It is also a good time to remember to donate food, blankets, and toys
Those with pets can take the day to give their animals a bit more attention, spend more time with them playing.