National Pet Day is celebrated every year today, on the 11th of April, around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the existence of our lovely furry friends in our lives. Although it is true that every pet owner celebrates their pets every single day of the year, for the sake of solidarity, pets around the world get a special day where they are celebrated and showered with love. The presence of these pets has a significant effect on one’s physical and mental health. This has been indicated in research by the NIH (National Institute of Health) over the last ten years.

The History of National Pet Day

Our pets’ special day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2006. She is an advocate for animal welfare and an expert in the pet and family lifestyle. The primary purpose of this celebratory day was to highlight the importance of having a pet in one’s life. It also aims to celebrate the joy that they bring to the lives of their family members. She also wanted to aim the light on the animals and the pets that are looking for adoption at shelters. She always motivated people to adopt animals and pets instead of buying them from breeders. Don’t Shop but Adopt became the motto for his holiday.

The USA has recognized the effort of the pets’ advocate and the celebration soon became internationally recognized. There are many countries around the world that celebrate National Pet Day. These countries include Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Pets are Taking Over the Workplaces and Our Lives

According to estimates, almost seventy percent of households in North America have one pet at least. The importance of pets has really shone in the last few years with the quarantine and Covid. In fact, pets are now becoming an important factor in deciding what to buy and where to work. According to Google, the search for pet-friendly rest food venues and restaurants witnessed a significant surge since the pandemic. The same goes for hotels and pet groomers.

According to a recent study, 6 out of 10 people quit their jobs because the workplace they used to work in was not pet-friendly. However, the study also shows that 71% of the people made significant life-changing decisions because of their furry friends. Other numbers indicate that 48% of the respondents witnessed improved work productivity because of their pets. Also, 2/3 said that their pets helped them make an average of 7 new friends at work.

Animals used to play certain roles at work, such as drug enforcement, support animals, farms, etc. However, it seems that now a new role emerges, as pets are entering the workplace or the workforce to be more accurate. They help keep the workplace friendly and stress-free and give a more positive vibe to both employees and potential customers. Therefore, it only makes sense that these lovely creatures get their own special day every year, National Pet Day.