Celebrating our best friends

By Rachel Monaghan.

National Pet Day on the 11th of April is the day that we celebrate all our furry (or not so furry) friends. Whether you are a lover of cats, dogs, lizards, or even snakes; today is the day to make them feel extra special!

Of course as a pet-parent we usually celebrate our pets all year round, National Pet Day is a special day dedicated to feeling grateful for our pets.

Out of the many reasons to feel grateful for our pets, one is that it has been scientifically proven that pets greatly improve our mental and physical wellbeing! The National Institute of Health have found that as well as improving our mood, pets can improve overall health by lowering our blood pressure and even lowering our cortisol and cholesterol levels!

The owning of pets is also shown to combat loneliness. 50% of pet owners claim to talk to their pet and 80% think that their pet can actually sense their mood. You can read more about the benefits here: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/mood-boosting-power-of-dogs.htm

Due to this it is no wonder that humans have been keeping pets for thousands of years. It is thought that the first animal that was domesticated was the dog and estimates state that this occurred between thirteen thousand and thirty thousand years ago! It is also thought that the Ancient Egyptians kept cats around five thousand years ago and they did not just keep them as pets. Although the Egyptians worshipped many animals, they considered cats to be the most special. Due to this they thought they were magical creatures who brought good luck to those that owned them.

To appreciate pets on National Pet Day you do not necessarily need your own pet. If you don’t have pets, then you can still get involved in the pet appreciation by donating to a local pet shelter like the RSPCA or finding out how you can volunteer.

Here are some great ideas of ways you can help:



Rescue organisations are seeing a major increase in dog and cats abandonment during the COVID pandemic.


This can be due to changed living/ or financial circumstances and other issues, either way - rescuing or fostering animals is one of the most rewarding and life-giving things you can do. Being a pet-owner or carer is a major responsibility but it also comes full of unconditional love, laughter, licks and cuddles!

However you choose to honour pets, Happy National Pet Day and give your little ones an extra special hug for being your best friends!

Little Paws for life