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5 Ways To Celebrate National Pet Month in May

Spring is a perfect time to celebrate our animal companions. The weather is just right for our pooches to enjoy more time with us outdoors, exploring all the new “sniffs” of spring. And from a safe perch indoors, our felines can excitedly watch birds and butterflies flutter about, putting the “King of the Jungle” pounce back in their kitty steps.

My favorite spring month is May – National Pet Month! It’s an observance dedicated to celebrating the undeniable benefits our companion animals bring to our lives. For some of us, these bennies may be taken for granted most days, so let’s change that this month and dedicate 31 days to appreciating the true meaning behind everything Fido and Fluffy do for us (and vice versa)! Below are the five goals for National Pet Month, along with suggested ways to celebrate May with your furry BFF!

  1. Promote the benefits of pet ownership. It’s proven that pets contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle. Reducing stress, creating opportunities for exercise and decreasing blood pressure are among the benefits given to their human companions, as stated by The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI). HABRI also found that children who observe animals learn the importance of responsibility and how to be nurturing. Learn more about the health benefits of pets here.
  2. Support pet adoption. Volunteer at your local shelter or adoption event. Many shelters and rescues partner with local stores to set up temporary adoption locations on certain days of the week and need volunteers to staff these events. For more ways to help out, be sure to check out this article.
  3. Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets. Having a pet is a win-win for both parties. One of the greatest benefits of pet-people pairings has to do with mental health. Millions of Americans struggle with mental health problems ranging from common stress disorders to social anxiety, depression, loneliness and dementia. While treatment options can include medication and psychotherapy, pet companionship or therapy, amazingly, can have a very positive effect on some of these disorders. Caring for a pet gives people purpose, makes them feel needed, eases their anxiety in social situations and can even offer therapeutic benefits to those with autism to Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about pet therapy for depression and other disorders here.
  4. Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals. Do you love the pet professionals that care for your pet? If so, spread the word!When picking up Gigi from her grooming appointment, post her before and after picture on Facebook and “check in” at your groomer’s location. Sharing your local pet bakery’s daily specials on your own social channels when you pick up special treats for your pet not only broadens the audience for their tasty treats, it also shows your customer loyalty and community support.
  5. Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals. The role of the working companion animals should be celebrated. These pets nurture humans with their unconditional love and company, and provide the type of service other humans sometimes cannot. Trademarked by their friendly demeanor and loyal personalities, service pets’ abilities can range from performing manual tasks like opening a refrigerator to alerting their human of certain smells and sounds. Learn more about service companion animals here.

How will YOU and your pet celebrate National Pet Month? Chilly and I would love to hear from you

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Written by:
Kristen Levine, Pet Lifestyle Expert

February 26, 2014

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