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Celebrate National Pet Day with a Special Gift

April 10, 2017

Although we all love our pets every day of the week, the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network has been encouraging pet owners to celebrate National Pet Day on April 11th since 2005. Founded by celebrity animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige, this day is set aside to provide special attention to those pets who may not get the same love and affection that your pet receives on a regular basis. Paige has campaigned tirelessly for more than a decade to create a much broader awareness of dog and cats that need a helping hand.

If your pet is like ours, they likely get treats at home and may even have their own toy box. But, there are many animals in shelters that were not wanted and some of those were neglected by an owner that did not properly care for them. These animals are just waiting for some love and attention. The hope of the organizers of National Pet Day is that caring pet owners and those who love animals will take the time to donate much needed pet food and other supplies to their neighborhood shelter.

For those who are living without a pet at home, it is a perfect time to adopt or foster a pet in need. Animal advocates ask everyone to "adopt" rather than "shop". Even some of the nicest pet stores that sell dogs and cats are really supporting kitten and puppy mills that shouldn't exist. According to The Humane Society of the United State or ASPCA, there are approximately 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats that are sheltered each year. Unfortunately, approximately 1.5 million of these companion animals are euthanized.

Whether you're at work or just out-and-about, your pet is most likely waiting patiently for your return. So, take the time on National Pet Day for a special walk or maybe a trip to a nearby dog park. You can always think outside the box and come up with your own unique way of celebrating your relationship with your pet on April 11. If you missed it, don't worry. Your special friend won't know and will be eager to participate in whatever you have in mind. If you haven't had your dog or cat microchipped, that's an ideal gift that can ensure they are safely returned should they stray from home.

Microchipping is a quick, easy procedure that places a very tiny chip under the pet's skin. It is no more painful than a vaccination and contains an ID that can be picked up by a scanner. Most veterinary offices, animal hospitals and shelters across Florida scan misplaced or sheltered animals. Those pets that have a microchip are quickly returned to their owner. For more information about pet ownership, contact The American Veterinary Medical Association. To schedule an appointment for microchipping, contact the caring staff at PrimeVET by calling 904-644-7876.

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