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National Pet Day Off

April 11, 2023

Join the movement

As society slowly returns to normal after the pandemic, many pet owners find themselves distracted, looking for a way to stay connected to their pets who are left at home. In our recent survey, almost 40% of pet parents have changed their work schedules to accommodate their pets*. It’s important to take care of ourselves and our families, but it’s also important to make sure we’re taking care of our furry friends.

In fact, there’s a special movement you may not have heard of where we can do just that—National Pet Day Off.

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Why should your company join the pledge?

  • Stand out in the crowded hiring market by making it clear that you're a pet-friendly company.
  • Show your employees that you value pet parents
  • Boost team morale by demonstrating your support for your employees values

Family structures are evolving


Of North American households have at least one pet*


More millennials own a pet than have a child*


Pet parents reporting their pet improved their mental health*

What is National Pet Day?

National Pet Day is an annual event founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a U.S. based animal welfare advocate and pet expert. Colleen got her start in the animal world as an accomplished dog trainer, earning the nickname, “Animal Oracle.” Through her love of animals, she began to envision a holiday where pets waiting in shelters to be adopted could receive the attention they deserve. Through the National Dog Day Foundation, Colleen has worked on a number of initiatives including National Pet Day. National Pet Day is celebrated by pet lovers everywhere on April 11th. The motto of the holiday is, “Don’t shop! Adopt!” The holiday is now celebrated in over 10 countries worldwide including Ireland, the UK, Italy, Spain, and Australia.

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The goal of National Pet Day is to celebrate and bring awareness to the special bond between humans and their pets. Although dogs and cats are the most popular pets, National Pet Day is for all kinds of animals—even snakes and spiders. If you’re looking for a more specific celebration, Colleen Paige also founded National Cat Day on October 29th, and National Dog Day on August 26th. There is even a National Mutt Day for dogs of mixed breed! Dogs of mixed breed make up a large number of abandoned pets that are waiting to find loving homes and families. When National Pet Day comes around once a year it can remind us to look for more days and ways to celebrate the animals who deserve our love and attention.

National Pet Day Off is a unique movement

Inspired by National Pet Day, Vetster created the National Pet Day Off movement to encourage pet owners to take a break from work to spend time with their pets, or participate in activities that enrich the lives of animals and people. The National Pet Day Off movement coincides with National Pet Day on April 11th to allow animal lovers to celebrate pet ownership in a special way. Leading pet industry companies have partnered with Vetster to participate in National Pet Day Off, and many use the day as an opportunity to promote animal welfare and education about healthcare for pets. National Pet Day Off also gives companies a chance to show appreciation for their employees, many of whom take time away from their pets every day to come to work.

Pledging to participate in National Pet Day Off is a great way to:

  • Honor your employees' well-being
  • Increase loyalty in your company
  • Form a stronger bond with your colleagues and community
  • Create lifelong memories with your pets

How you can celebrate your pet

So how can you celebrate National Pet Day Off? We recommend taking either a full or half day off to spend with your pets doing the activities they love. You can also use the time to keep up with their healthcare by booking an online virtual care appointment.

If you don't have a pet, or don't have enough time for a full day off, you can still celebrate the holiday with one of these other options

  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter as an individual or group. You'll help save lives while bonding over common interests!
  • Meet up with other pet owners in your area and spend time with their pets. You can enjoy the benefits of spending time with animals and sharing stories about past pets or learning more about a pet that you would like to own yourself.
  • Participate in a fundraising event to benefit animal organizations.
  • Consider fostering a pet until they find their fur-ever home.
  • Donate to an animal-friendly organization
  • Follow along with the National Pet Day Off festivities through social media using hashtags: #NationalPetDayOff #Vetster

Frequently Asked Questions About National Pet Day