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National Pet Day

Friday, April 11, 2014

National Pet Day

When: Always April 11th

Today is National Pet Day! This holiday is all about appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life. Did you know that there are approximately 86.4 million pet cats and 78.2 million pet dogs living in the United States today? Gerbils, birds, turtles, and fish are also very common. If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are by no means alone. Six out of ten pet owners feel the same way!

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.

To celebrate National Pet Day, take your dog on a long walk or give your cat a little extra catnip to show your love and appreciation. Not a pet owner? Consider making a donation or volunteering at your local pet shelter. Happy National Pet Day!

Origin of National Pet Day:

National Pet Day was founded in 2005 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert & Colleen Paige, who also founded National Dog Day, National Puppy Day and National Cat Day {among others} to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters all across the nation. Almost any non-exotic animal you can think of, from dogs and cats, to small animals, farm, reptile and avian...there are pets who need your love.

This Day in History April 11th

William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain. (1689)

Premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion BWV 244b at the St. Thomas Church, Leipzig (1727)

The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon Bonaparte, and forces him to abdicate unconditionally for the first time. (1814)

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized. (1876)

Spelman College is founded in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, an institute of higher education for African-American women. (1881)

World War II: American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp. (1945)

Korean War: President Harry Truman relieves General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea. (1951)

The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem. (1961)

The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965: Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people. (1965)

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing. (1968)

Apollo 13 is launched. (1970)

The Apple I is created. (1976)

The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan. (1987)

Ron Hextall becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs. (1989)

450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs. (1993)

Over two hundred thousand people marched in Caracas towards the Presidential Palace of Miraflores, to demand the resignation of president Hugo Chávez. 19 of the protesters are killed, and the Minister of Defense Gral. Lucas Rincon announces Hugo Chávez resignation on national TV. (2002)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium. (2006)

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia, off northern Sumatra at a depth of 16.4 km. A tsunami hits the island of Nias at Indonesia. (2012)
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