National Love Your Pet Day


Monday, February 20, is National Love Your Pet Day! According to the ASPCA, about 37% to 47% of American households have dogs and 30% to 37% have cats. Clearly we love our pets.

Benefits of Pet Ownership

Owning a pet has many benefits.

  • Increasingly, studies are showing that exposure to animals help reduce incidents of asthma and allergies in children;
  • Having pets is a great way to connect to other people; and
  • Pet ownership is calming, which can help reduce anxiety, depression, and loneliness,  and lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels.

Ways to Celebrate

Pets do so much for us, so a day to do something for them makes sense. Here are a few ideas.

  • If your pet loves a special treat, make or give them some;
  • Take your pet on a long walk or special adventure;
  • Make your cat or dog a toy;
  • Simply give your fur-baby a little extra love and attention today; and
  • If you don’t have your own pet, visit a shelter and play with and socialize the animals there.

With love,


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